One core, dual core, quad core? Whats A6?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Sensamic, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Im trying to find this info but dont see it anywhere.

    Does anyone know?

    Looks like single core, but more powerful or something. Definitely not quad core, right?
  2. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    im betting its a higher clocked dual core. if it was quad core they would have used it in marketing.
  3. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
  4. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    They don't say on the Apple site, but it says twice as fast as A5.
  5. iAlphard macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2012
    Dual Cores on 32 nm. Just like the new ipad, but lower clocks. S5L8950X made by samsung.
  6. SR71 macrumors 68000

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Nope, they said that's going in the new iPod Touch. I'm really hoping the A6 is A15 based.
  7. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    My guess is dual-core or we would've been told otherwise.

    What about RAM? Anybody have a clue if it's 1GB ?
  8. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    I predict it's a really highly clocked dual-core chip, though I don't know why they'd bill it as an A6 in that case. If it was quad-core or A15 I'd imagine they would tell us.
  9. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    But the graphics are improved too, which means this isn't just an overclocked, 32nm A5. So a quad-core chip then is my guess, with a new GPU.

    And there is the faintest of hopes for an A15.
  10. Jay7872 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    The A5 placed into the iPhone 4s was duo core too wasn't it? ( in terms of GPU) If it was, then perhaps Apple did indeed just increase clock speed for both CPU and GPU processing.
  11. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
  12. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Anandtech thinks it's a dual core A15. Won't know for sure though till the iFixit disassembly.

    No, because that would take more power. Apple said the A6 uses less.
  13. articulatefool macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    Apple really is bizzare in the fact that they never release RAM, Processor speed, or Processor type.

    They just tell you it's twice as fast. Possibly showing a bar-chart with no verifiable data...
  14. Jay7872 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011

    True..perhaps apple wanted to create a new chip that was faster but focused primarily on the power efficiency, to combat the fiasco of the iPhone 4s, which apple suited with an A5 and caused a bunch if battery woes. Perhaps the A6 is just a duo core CPU just each core clocked higher but design with power efficiency in mind

    Otherwise I support the theory that apple would have built a massive marketing around the A6 ( their very own quad core power efficiency CPU)
  15. articulatefool macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    Which is exactly what the A-15 core is... a much faster, more efficient A-9 core.
  16. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    I bet it's a renamed 32nm A5 that is in the updated iPad 2.
  17. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Of quad core, they would have bragged.

    If CortexA15, they wouldn't have said. They never mentioned what kind of cpu base was in A4 or A5. They don't go int those kind of details.

    A5 super clocked for 1.7-2x performance even at 32nm would chew through battery.

    Has to be dual-core CortexA15 or proprietary new significant evolution of the A9 by Apple.
  18. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    They put that in the iPod Touch 5th and kept calling it the A5. That wouldn't make sense.

    It wouldn't get 2x the performance unless they clocked it to 1.6-1.8GHz which is unlikely as that would chew through battery.
  19. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    After thinking about it some more I believe it could actually be an A15. It'll be a while before we know for sure, though.
  20. Purant macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2012
    Do we have proper specs yet? More importantly GPU and RAM.
  21. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    We don't. Apple rarely discloses the technical specs about their processors.
  22. aohus macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2010
    probably a modified Samsung Exynos SoC (according to last rumor from digitimes, and they're normally accurate with their reporting)

    that would make it a cortex-a9 based SoC.
  23. RossMacca macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2009
    I don't understand why this bothers people as much as it does... If the phone performs well, who cares if its run by a dual core, quad core, 16 core or a hamster running on a wheel. It's just numbers. Real life performance is the real measure to care about.
  24. King Shady macrumors 6502

    King Shady

    Aug 22, 2010
    Princeton, NJ
    I'm guessing it's something like the Snapdragon S4 - A15 based but not totally - and it would work well with LTE

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