The new Apple A8 processor is up to 84x faster and has "sustained performance"

The new Apple A8 processor is up to 84x faster and has
A new iPhone means another new processor from Apple. This year brings the A8 processor, which is the second generation 64-bit SoC, and as per usual, the chip brings performance boosts that should keep iOS users happy. Apple claims that the new A8 processor is "up to 84x faster" (which is a bit of a cheat, because it is compared to the original iPhone of 2007), and adds new "sustained performance".

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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45 Comments

1. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Second gen 64bit with how much plus ram? :D

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

EXACTLY! lol

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nothing like no comparison to competing SoCs.... Great opportunity for multi-platform benchmarking s/w! Once the comparison to other SoCs is done, the A8 won't be looking like an 84% improvement.

31. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Its not 84% .. its 84x which is 8400%.! They are fooling people just like always.!

34. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, 84x times the original iPhone and about 8 000 000x more powerful than the turing machine. I assume they are mentioning those devices because ideologically they're kind of stuck in that age.

39. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+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.

44. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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.!

40. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Not bashing or hatin' but 84x better than the first iphone isnt very impressive..

45. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Given the size and power of apple, this result is actually dissapointing.! They could have done much more in this industry but their greed for injustifiable money doesnt let them do it.

9. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

And those i$heep who would be listening to their crap would be like "WoW minds blown".... Shame a company like Apple couldn't pull it off and deceived their iFans hahaha

2. Busyboy unregistered

84x faster than the original iPhone, not iPhone 5s.

7. Rizchy

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

+1. was just about to say the same.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is what I hate about Apple - they always spin their comparisons. No one is using the OG iPhone, yet that doesn't stop them from comparing to it. WTF? Useless specs.

10. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

^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.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

well 1billion to 2billion helps, as well as 20nm. Guess we will have to wait and see

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Typical Apple wording. Apple MUST really think their fans/customers are a bunch of morons! WOW +1

14. Busyboy unregistered

Agreed, its really sad

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

They know their customers will gladly gulp down anything they feed them. They have so much past experience to go from.

25. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

So true, so true! lol

37. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

totally agreed

26. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

zombies , they don't have brains

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Depends on how many brains they eat ;)

27. Rizchy

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I agree with you man. I use apple product but the iphone 6 is just meh

12. maherk

Posts: 7023; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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.

32. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Beware.! Some butthurt moderator will read you comment and will be upset by your truth and you might get banned.! Speaking truth against apple is not tolerable on iPhonearena.!

35. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

And did you also get a warning for the word 'iphonearena' ? Lol .. they are probably tired of hearing the truth and added this to offensive words.!

19. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

...And still slower than the 1835 Morse Code Telegraph!

3. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

still with 1 gb or ram LOL

13. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Theres more sheeps then rams

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