iPhone 5 powered by the A6: 2x the power and 22% smaller

iPhone 5 powered by the A6: 2x the power and 22% smaller
It's not just a bigger screen and higher-res display, the iPhone 5 will also feature an updated processor: the A6, which looks to be a solid upgrade over previous generations. Unfortunately for you spec junkies, Apple doesn't specifically say how many cores or what the speed of the chip is, but if you're expecting that sort of thing from Apple, you haven't been around long.

Apple doesn't really like giving specific specs for its devices and often relies more on showing how things run. Apple's philosophy is that it doesn't matter what the specs are as long as the software is optimized, and the device runs as smoothly as possible. So, we don't know how many cores the A6 has, nor do we know the clock speed, or how much RAM is in the iPhone 5. 

What we do know is that Apple says the A6 is 22% smaller, and claims that both the CPU and GPU are 2x faster, but it's unclear what that is compared to. We don't know if that means it is 2x faster than the A5 found in the iPhone 4S, or 2x faster than the A5x found in the new iPad. It makes more sense that Apple is comparing iPhone to iPhone, which would mean that the A6 should have the same quad-core GPU found in the A5x, but with a faster CPU on the chip. 

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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53 Comments

1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

So Apple what's it clocked at? Kinda skipped the most important part... Probably 1.2 GHz at best.

10. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

They never say much about the clock speed, cause they mostly concentrate on graphics performance. But double the performance without additional cores would mean... Something like 1,5 GHz Dual Core.

14. FiddyPence

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Apparently there using ARM A15 cores.

20. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

I guess that should be it. Apple never gave much about clock speed.

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They are not using A15's. The die shrink would be more than 22% from the 40nm chip used in the i4s. That points to a 32nm chip.. which means its the rebranded Exynos 4212 again, like they use in the iPad. That means its still an A9. Apple is almost never on the forefront of the speed race. They want the chips cheap while still being semi powerful. The iphone has no use for that much power as it is, much less the power of an A15.. lol. That's like having a ferarri Enzo and being told your never allowed to go over 30mph.

34. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

AHH I enjoy the Enzo comment ;) made me all warm and tingly inside, love that car.

41. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

44. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They said it's 22% smaller than the 40nm chip in the 4S, that's about 32nm, which means it's still A-9, and it's just a rebranded Exynos 4212 with a different GPU.

47. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Apple designes and lays out their SoC, Samsung is just a foundry, doing what Apple tells them to manufacture ...

49. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's all Apples processors have been, rebranded Exynos. They use the same architecture, same process of making it, and even the same company makes it. Apple just slaps their own name on it.

50. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Samsung SoC desing team and the Samsung Foundry are two separate entities, and besides that are competitors. This one of the reasons why Apple whant to stay away from Samsung Fab; two competing companies using the same foundry could have some intelectual property leaks from one to another and vice versa. Have you compared die-shots from Apple SoC and Samsung SoC? I'll tell you they are very different (Siri, camera ISP, ...). They don't slap Apple name for sure. Anyway they are stuck with Samsung, because Intel won't do Apple's SoC's ... If Intel agrees to do Apple's SoC, then Apple will dropp Samsung Foundry in a heart bit!

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that is conjecture. my conjecture says that its the A5X underclocked. They agree that its 32nm in size, which fits with the already used Exynos 4412 rebranding in the A5X.. which also sports a much bigger GPU than the i4s did.

53. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

32nm is very possible. Why do you think that they are rebranding Samsung SoC's? Apple already swallowed SoC design companies, and they do design their own, not just take whatever Samsung has on the shelf (like Exynos 4412 you keep referring to). From what i know, only thing that they share is the same fab process (since they are using the same foundry, which dictates the process), and that is all. How the fab process is related to possibility of having A15 in A6? Why can't A6 be A15 based on 32nm process?

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Who care about the speed? There are 5 rows of iCons now. Yawn. As I posted in other threads, it is an incremental improvement over the 4S.

2. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

BLAH BLAH BLAH we have faster processor. blah blah and then 5s will come and the apple will start again blah blah . then it will sue intel cause it have used i for i3, i5 and i7

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

You skipped i4 and i6 and, the yet released, i8 and i9, respectively.

8. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

thanx a lot 4 oh sorry for reminding me. i is gonna lost from english dictionery i miss u i

3. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Damn Apple...i can't let you disappoint me everytime....My One S is still far better...

4. matt1q2aw3

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

Where is the innovation? I was expecting alot more.

9. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

in ceos head

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Wow, this will definitely change the game as 4 inch smartphones will never be the same again. Thanks Apple for the huge advAncement in technology.

7. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

BIG LOL!!!

19. robotgedek

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

-meanwhile at LG headquarters-

11. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Worst IPhone launch ever....Lol

24. SleepingOz unregistered

i4s was worse dude.

12. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

apple, Is that the revolutionary product? lol. same design. same width. sigh.....

13. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Hmmm.. Sorry Apple,Inc. You've missed a loyal customer.. Am gonna buy Lumia 920. Its way better.

15. djoscar4u

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

can't wail for sept 14th

16. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

hate the two tones design...galaxy nexus design is better

17. djoscar4u

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

wait....

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