The new Apple A8 processor is up to 84x faster and has "sustained performance"
posted by Michael H. / Sep 09, 2014, 1:03 PM
The A8 chip uses a 20-nanometer manufacturing process, which makes it 17% smaller than the A7, but has almost double the number of transistors. The A7 had "over 1 billion" transistors, while the A8 features 2 billion. As mentioned before, the "up to 84x faster" claim doesn't mean all that much given the comparison, but what is easier to understand is that the A8 has a 25% faster CPU and 50% faster GPU compared to the A7, according to Apple.
Beyond the manufacturing changes, Apple has added something called "sustained performance", because Apple says that traditionally, processors will lose performance over time. Phil Schiller illustrated this with a chart showing performance dipping over 20 minutes of use, but Apple forgot to label the Y-axis, so the chart doesn't really mean anything. However, with "sustained performance", the A8 will supposedly be able to run at full power without burning your hand, which would be very nice.
The game demoes that followed showed games that had up to 100 animated characters on screen at a time, with impressive frame rates, but textures and shading that isn't quite up to console level yet. Still quite impressive for a mobile device. Testing will show whether the new "sustained performance" will put a hit on battery life, but for now Apple is claiming battery life that is at least on par with the iPhone 5s.
img source: The Verge
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Second gen 64bit with how much plus ram? :D
posted on Sep 09, 2014, 1:04 PM 10
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Can't wait for official numbers, and break downs. They didn't mention ram at all, so I am guessing it is 1 GB still.
posted on Sep 09, 2014, 1:05 PM 8
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+1 to you sir. I was typing too fast, and then the clock ran out on making an edit after posting. Net-net, the new iToys aren't going to be setting the world on fire once they get compared to their current competition.
posted on Sep 09, 2014, 2:43 PM 0
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Yeah .. when the market has phones like z3 compact, galaxy alpha and note edge .. iPhone 6 wont make a dent in market but still iphone 6 plus is surely gonna bring apple lots of moolah with that overkill pricing and brainless izombies.!
posted on Sep 10, 2014, 11:20 AM 0
84x faster than the original iPhone, not iPhone 5s.
posted on Sep 09, 2014, 1:04 PM 26
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+1. was just about to say the same.
posted on Sep 09, 2014, 1:07 PM 5
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^This. I found this pretty funny. XX times faster than the original iPhone. Well in 7 years I would hope so. Makes you wonder what improvements they really made in the architecture over the A7 processor that they wouldn't mention the performance gain over the previous generation.
posted on Sep 09, 2014, 1:08 PM 4
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Typical Apple wording. Apple MUST really think their fans/customers are a bunch of morons! WOW +1
posted on Sep 09, 2014, 1:10 PM 14
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What do you expect more from iPhonearena other than deceiving the readers when it comes to iToys? Compare the quality of news between this site and gsmarena and you'll notice how biased they are towards Apple. It is basically run by isheeps.
posted on Sep 09, 2014, 1:11 PM 3
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