iPhone 5 A6 Processor - Neither Cortex A9 nor A15

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  1. KPOM macrumors G5

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  2. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a

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    Oh that's hot!

    Now I want it even more as with the speculated A15 (which was the must have feature for me)
     
  3. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder how this chip is going to compare to the A15. Surely Apple saw significant benefits with going with a fully custom chip, rather than going with the A15, whether these benefits are merely in terms of power consumption remains to be seen.
     
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    This is huge! This will be on the front page soon if its not already.
     
  6. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    Well, that's certainly fun. Can't wait to get my A6 powered iPhone 5 in my hands and play with it. Even more so I can't wait until some devs start taking real advantage of that extra processing power.
     
  7. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    Where does leave ARM by the way? Do Apple still need to pay them licence fees if they're using a totally custom chip?
     
  8. KPOM thread starter macrumors G5

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    Yes. As the article explains, there are two kinds of licenses. You can license a specific architecture, or a general design to make your own. Apple has both kinds of licenses.
     
  9. Orien macrumors regular

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    They are still licensing ARM architecture, so yes.
     
  10. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah i saw that part of the article, but i wasn't really very clear on it.

    So when/if Apple moves all iOS devices to custom chips, they'll only need to pay the "General design" licence? Or will they still have to pay because they are using ARMs instruction set?
     
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  12. dgreene196 macrumors member

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    I think you will have to wait until a SoC with the A15 comes out. Qualcomm has their Krait architecture in some equipment, but it is, is Anand is right (a fair assumption), a custom implementation of parts of the A15 like the A6. Otherwise, everyone else still has A9 cores in their high end products.
     
  13. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    I'd like to see how this compares to Krait, actually. I'm glad Apple is taking up the silicon business, but I'm incredulous about their chops at the moment.
     
  14. iEnvy macrumors 65816

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    Hopefully more people see this. Maybe it'll shut up some of the haters out there.
     
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    AnandTech is tech journalism at its finest. Hats off to them!

    2x faster with 4G and longer battery life... Hats off to Apple for that.
     
  17. ek9max macrumors regular

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    I can't wait to see how fast and smooth the new iphone is.
     
  18. Menopause macrumors 6502a

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    HAH no wonder Samsung's being a sourpuss with its ads now. :D
     
  19. samac92 macrumors 6502a

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    So where does that leave the people who said they would only buy the iPhone 5 if it was A15 based?
     
  20. maxwelltech macrumors 6502

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    This will probably destroy the Galaxy S3's processor.
     
  21. JS82712 macrumors 6502a

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    wait..HOw! the S3 is the next big thing!! :p
     
  22. olegandbuster25 macrumors 6502

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    Damn that's some smart thinking. This is exactly why apple products work so well, together and by themselves
    Apple just keeps on improving this process
     
  23. inscrewtable macrumors 65816

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    This is the ultimate vindication of having total control of software and hardware. What was once ridiculed by Bill Gates and others and has since allowed Apple to tower over Intel and Microsoft, is now going to allow Apple to leverage ever more power and versatility from their products.

    As other companies become more dilute Apple becomes more focussed and concentrated.
     
  24. jamojamo macrumors 6502

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    You are a glass half full kinda person! :)

    Haters gotta hate.

    Honestly, I can't wait to see how this compares and that will allow a apples to apples comparison of "real world" usefulness vs. other phones and the 4S.
     

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