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iPhone 5 Runs Dual-Core Cortex-A15, Says Analyst Firm

By - Source: EETimes | B 54 comments

Despite the current processor performance focus in the smartphone space, Apple keeps quiet on the architecture of its new chips.

However, Nomura Equity Research said that the A6 chip in the recently unveiled is a Cortex-A15 design manufactured in a 32 nm HKMG process by Samsung. There was no information on the clock speed, but we know that the Cortex-A15 in the dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 currently scales to about 1.5 GHz in smartphone applications.

Apple itself declined to comment on the statement and referred to its press release, in which the company describes the processor as "blazing fast" and "designed […] to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the incredible new features in iPhone 5, including the stunning new 4-inch Retina display—all while delivering even better battery life." According to Apple, the A6 has "twice the CPU and graphics performance" of the preceding Cortex-A9-based ARM chip.

Apple still licenses the graphics IP from Imagination Technologies, which would make it reasonable to assume that the A6 uses Imagination technology as its graphics engine. Details are unclear, even if we tend to believe that the A6 still uses a PowerVR series 5 chip than a version of the PowerVR series 6 (which has not been formally announced, but is still believed to debut sometime later this year). According to Imagination, the series 6 chip is much more power-efficient than the current series 5.

 

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    bustapr , September 13, 2012 10:20 PM
    im not at all in favor of Apple(or any company) marketing their shit as "Twice as fast". its blatantly lying 99% of the time, and this time its quite obvious. false marketing could possibly get them sued.
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    greghome , September 13, 2012 10:25 PM
    A bit off topics, but
    Seriously though, what if Apple only made the new iPhone longer so they can better sue samsung in the future as the width length ratio would be more similar? :o 
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    house70 , September 13, 2012 10:28 PM
    smoke and mirrors, my friends, smoke and mirrors...
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  • 25 Hide
    bustapr , September 13, 2012 10:20 PM
    im not at all in favor of Apple(or any company) marketing their shit as "Twice as fast". its blatantly lying 99% of the time, and this time its quite obvious. false marketing could possibly get them sued.
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    greghome , September 13, 2012 10:25 PM
    A bit off topics, but
    Seriously though, what if Apple only made the new iPhone longer so they can better sue samsung in the future as the width length ratio would be more similar? :o 
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    house70 , September 13, 2012 10:28 PM
    smoke and mirrors, my friends, smoke and mirrors...
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    extremepcs , September 13, 2012 10:32 PM
    Revolutionary!
  • 8 Hide
    dwesely , September 13, 2012 10:32 PM
    An Apple article on Tom's. Queue trolling...
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    lilotimz , September 13, 2012 10:35 PM
    Problem is wouldn't Apple use the fact that there are no other A15 SOC's in the market to announce that the Iphone 5 is "revolutionary" because no other phone has incorporated it yet (The s4 krait is a custom SoC that uses elements of both A15/A9 and is not a true A15 design).
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    dark_wizzie , September 13, 2012 10:42 PM
    Greghome, what if they patent every single shape?
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    teh_chem , September 13, 2012 10:54 PM
    Ok, so, there's no doubt that the new CPU must be both faster and more efficient. Great. Now put that extra performance to good use. Please. That's where most phone manufacturers fail--iphone, android, tablets, whatever. I'm still dumbfounded that my single-core snapdragon android phone is smoother and snappier in every way when compared to my tegrat2 tablet. It's all about implementation.
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    robochump , September 13, 2012 11:05 PM
    Depending on the benchmarks the new A6 (Cortex A-15) chip will be double the speed but gotta check the bench mark tests. Even then Apple has been more accurate than most with their claims and I am sure the tests will prove it. Where are the iHaters? I need a good laugh!
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    halcyon , September 13, 2012 11:24 PM
    I care not what chip is in the iPhone 5. My iPhone 4s seems to function reasonably well and, from this, I infer, like most iSheep, that the iPhone 5 will as well. I'm just not overly excited by it, its a phone.
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    v3rlon , September 13, 2012 11:25 PM
    You know, I really do not care about CPU cores or GPU cores numbers or shapes or frequency. I only care about my experience on the end. If you could play Crysis on a 25 MHz 68030 processor, would you care that it wasn't 4GHz or that you were getting 200 frames a second? So, I will wait and see what actual performance is available before trolling.

    Now, what about Google threatening Acer if they didn't use Android on their Alien phone? I guess they aren't saints either.
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    getochkn , September 13, 2012 11:49 PM
    The problem is, yes it may be faster but who is going to code to take advantage of it. If you're an app maker, are you going to make a iPhone 5 ONLY app and alienate your market or make an that app that runs from the 3 to the 5 and open your market to probably 10x the number the people. Same thing with more pixels, etc. Who cares, is anyone coding apps for only those screens. No.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2012 11:52 PM
    Fact of the matter is the iPhone 5 will be the fastest phone when it releases. The A15 Dual core is faster than anything currently out. People can hate on it all they want but iOS is a much better optimized operating system then Android (Jelly Bean is much improved though). iOS also does not need a surplus of hardware to run ideally. As far as the design goes, why would Apple change a design that works and has made them the most valuable company in the world? You don't change your horse midway during the race if it has brought you to first place. It is obvious their design has proven itself and now they are just refining it. I'm sure eventually they will change the layout/design but as for right now they obviously are playing it safe until they come up with something superior.
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    halcyon , September 13, 2012 11:55 PM
    The iPhone 4 and 4s are plenty fast, so I don't really care that the 5 is a little faster. ...like most iSheep.
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    teh_chem , September 14, 2012 12:08 AM
    zsw11Fact of the matter is the iPhone 5 will be the fastest phone when it releases. The A15 Dual core is faster than anything currently out. People can hate on it all they want but iOS is a much better optimized operating system then Android (Jelly Bean is much improved though). iOS also does not need a surplus of hardware to run ideally. As far as the design goes, why would Apple change a design that works and has made them the most valuable company in the world? You don't change your horse midway during the race if it has brought you to first place. It is obvious their design has proven itself and now they are just refining it. I'm sure eventually they will change the layout/design but as for right now they obviously are playing it safe until they come up with something superior.

    Fast is entirely arbitrary and relative. What will one do with all of the "Fastness" of the phone? Run benchmarks all day?
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2012 12:17 AM
    The iphone 4s is plenty fast and dont get me wrong I love almost all the apple products and own most of them. However, I would never call any hardware that comes from apple revolutionary, except for the Ipad 1. Lets get real its the software that makes these products so good. Hardware to Hardware apple loses everytime.
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2012 12:19 AM
    Apple decided long ago it would not focus on specifics of specs. As a person who likes to see the specs. I take Apple's decline as a indicator of something to hide. Having seen plenty of test of Bose equipment in the past. Their sound reproduction may make you think their speakers are very good. But in fact many test of their sound response was very jagged. I would think Apple simply plays the approach that most people care only about a experience and not the specs. But if that's the case then does that mean Apple thinks it can use less hardware if the experience is perceived as good? Kind of like a 4 cylinder engine perceived to perform like a V6.
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    halcyon , September 14, 2012 12:24 AM
    jescott418Apple decided long ago it would not focus on specifics of specs. As a person who likes to see the specs. I take Apple's decline as a indicator of something to hide. Having seen plenty of test of Bose equipment in the past. Their sound reproduction may make you think their speakers are very good. But in fact many test of their sound response was very jagged. I would think Apple simply plays the approach that most people care only about a experience and not the specs. But if that's the case then does that mean Apple thinks it can use less hardware if the experience is perceived as good? Kind of like a 4 cylinder engine perceived to perform like a V6.

    Apple just thinks us iSheep shouldn't focus on specs...unless they want us to. They told us the iPhone 5 is nice, and therefore, that's all we need to know. It does seem pretty nice but that could just be the iSheep in me seeing glass and alumiinum.
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    darkavenger123 , September 14, 2012 1:01 AM
    Apple will soon patent the shape of a d-i-c-k. Everyone who has one will be eternally screwed and have to pay royalties to Apple for the rest of their lives.
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    kensingtron , September 14, 2012 1:17 AM
    I'm getting
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