Much to everyone’s expectations, during the unveiling of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple also talked about the A9 SoC, which is powering the company’s new flagships. The A9 boasts a 64-bit architecture, it was built on a 14 or 16nm (it’s not entirely clear yet, maybe both) FinFET manufacturing process, and Apple claims that the chipset is capable of delivering 70% more CPU performance and 90% more GPU performance compared to last year’s A8 SoC (which is powering the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus). Needless to say, the Apple A9 shows great promise, and we’re keen to see how the SoC performs in the real world.
However, the A9 has exactly one year of market exposure, so to speak, after which it will most likely be replaced by a new chip designed by Apple, presumably called the A10. We agree that it might seem a bit too early to discuss the A10 since the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus haven’t even hit the shelves yet, but then again the stream of leaks and rumors has its own course and can’t actually be forcefully stopped.
In other words, today we came across a few rumors regarding the Apple A10 and its characteristics, so feel free to join us after the break for the details.
Apple A10 Rumors Emerge
Apple’s SoCs are quite exciting, simply because they can achieve great performance with fewer cores and lower frequencies than most, if not all, of its competitors (optimization goes a long way). But interestingly enough, the latest rumors suggest that Apple might step up its game in 2016, and increase the number of cores used by the A10 at up to 6 units.
The chipset will allegedly be manufactured on a 14nm or 10nm process, and Apple will focus its energy on improving multi-threading. The source says that both TSMC and Samsung could receive orders for manufacturing the CPU – which is unsurprising – but adds that Intel could also get a share of the pie, should Apple decide on using 14nm architecture. This goes against a recent rumor which was claiming that TSMC will be the exclusive manufacturer of Apple’s next-gen SoC.
This rumor comes from the same source who has leaked info surrounding a lot of, at the time, next-gen mobile chipsets. What he said about the A9 turned out to be true, so we might be on to something here.
Evidently much can change by the time Apple will push the A10 into production, so treat the information above accordingly, and we’ll keep you posted once we find out more.