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The Apple iPhone 7 And A10 Processor To Focus On 10nm And Multi-Threading

Ramish Zafar
Posted Sep 22, 2015
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With the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus came Apple’s A9 processor. We didn’t see any major focus dedicated to the processor in the Apple’s keynote, with the Cupertino company rather choosing to divulge only a couple of percentage improvement numbers. But while we’re sure to learn more about the A9 once the iPhone 6s duo hits the shelves officially, the proverbial rumor mill is still hard at work today it seems. We’ve started to hear some more word about the Apple A10, so let’s see what the next processor from Apple might be offering.

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With the A9, Apple claims that its latest processor offers up to 70% improved processor and 90% improved GPU performance over the A8. That’s nearly everything that the company has detailed on the iPhone’s processor, so we’re going to have to wait for more details to surface. But while the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus might not have hit the shelves, information related to the next Apple smartphone processor, the Apple A10 has already started to surface.

According to some sources straight out of China, next year Apple might be looking to move more towards the Android world in terms of CPU design. While the Apple iPhone 6s has been nearly confirmed to come with a dual core processor, the Apple A10 might be taking things to an entirely new level. The Apple A9 is expected to be manufactured on TSMC/Samsung’s 16 or 14nm process respectively, but the A10 might be going a step further with a new manufacturer as well.

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Not only might the Apple A10 be manufactured on the 10nm process, but apart from Apple’s usual manufacturing partners, TSMC and Samsung, this time around Apple might also be looking at Intel. While we’ve seen several reports surfacing in the past that show a possible divorce between the two, with Apple’s A series processors to replace Intel’s in the MacBook lineup, today’s news adds an entirely new dimension to the mix.

In addition to this, Apple might also be looking at a further die reduction for the A10, with 10nm being thrown in as well. The company could also increase the core count on the A10 to six, which should produce some very impressive results. Apple’s processors are on par with others, even at two cores and with 6 cores, we can only imagine what the A10 can offer.

Special focus will also be given to multi-threading by the company, which sounds the most plausible since iOS 9 does take some major steps in that direction as well. But that’s all speculation since its going to be a year until the A10 hits the shelves. So take this information with a grain of salt and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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