The iPhone 6 isn't just the same device we've known and loved with a bigger display, the latest rumors claim; it'll also boast some beefy processing powers. According to China's CnBeta (via GforGames) the upcoming device will likely jump past the 2.0 GHz threshold. That's the kind of power that'll make the already scrappy A7 chip look puny, which is surprising since most developers have yet to push the new technology to its full potential.
Just how good is Apple's new ARM-based A7 processing chip for the iPhone 5s? According to Anandtech (via AppleInsider), it's almost strong enough to power a desktop computer, thus validating some earlier claims by the Cupertino company. After studying the A7 chip and going over Apple's coding for the LLVM compiler project, Anandtech's Anand Shimpi arrived at the conclusion that the A7 features the same amount of execution ports found in Intel's Ivy Bridge chips.
Apple may have wowed competitors with the announcement of its A7 chip for the iPhone 5s (even in spite of some vocal dissenters), but now it's already moving past that and starting production of its new A8 chip. And guess what? Samsung isn't making it.
It's been kind of a rough day for the iPhone 5s. First there was the news that the new flagship smartphone's suffering from a "blue screen of death," and now AllThingsD reports that a study by performance management team Crittercism found that iOS apps are twice as likely to crash on the iPhone 5s when compared to the iPhone 5 and 5c.
In a move that should surprise no one, Samsung announced today in an interview with the Korea Times that its next Galaxy smartphones would also feature 64-bit chips. The news comes on the heels of Apple's announcement on Tuesday that the iPhone 5S would have an A7 chip, and that it would be the first 64-bit smartphone processor on the market.
Your next Mac will have a faster processor, snappier graphics, and better communication skills, right? And your next iPhone, iPad, and iWhatever will be similarly juiced, eh? Well, yeah--but don’t count on those improvements to continue forever, unless there’s a significant breakthrough in chip-making technology.
Apple rarely plays the specs game, particularly when it comes to its iOS devices. Sure, you’ll get a name for the processor and they’ll boast about pixels when it suits them, but talk about RAM or clock speed and there’s radio silence. However, according to one source, the iPad’s dirty little secret is its ever-increasing RAM usage.
Word around the campfire has it that Apple's March 7 press event in San Francisco will mark the debut of a third-generation iPad. Given the nature of the event's marketing artwork, it's a sure bet that Tim Cook and his crew will definitely be talking tablets. That said, does anyone have a handle on what we'll see unveiled next week? Nope, but that's never kept anyone from speculating about what Cupertino has in store for the masses in the past, has it?
I had an interesting conversation the other day that might interest you--one that will certainly interest Intel, the maker of the chips that power your iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, and Mac mini. Lucian Shifren of SuVolta told me about a new type of transistor that his company has introduced. While the deep-geek details on the low-power, low-cost chips that can be built from it are fascinating, one non-techy thing he said stuck in my mind: “The market’s now moving to a point where you’re really going to be driven by the $10 chip and not the $200 chip.”
An AMD-led team has set a new Guinness World Record for the “Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor” by cranking up a soon-to-be-released chip to 8.429GHz. Pause for a nanosecond to let that number sink in: that’s eight billion, four hundred twenty-nine million cycles per second.
What is it about guys? Give them something fast and their immediate impulse is to make it faster.