With September inching closer, the checks on Apple’s supply chain are going to continue rolling in as analysts try to guess what the Cupertino-based company will unveil later this year. A new analyst report suggests that the processor in the 5.5-inch iPhone 6/Air could be more powerful than the one installed in the 4.7-inch model.
Based on an analyst’s note from Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri, citing Asian supply chain checks, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will boast a more powerful application processor under the hood when compared to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6’s processor. While specific details were not furnished to break down the differences, some hints suggest that the processor within the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model could ship with a larger die. If true, that could mean the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will support a larger array of graphics processing cores. The report also believes that if this is true, the two processors could be created using different processes in different fabrication plants.
While that is possible, it is perhaps more likely that Apple could replicate the process they use in their iPad models. Meaning, while the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will technically have the same processor inside, which is likely to be the A8 chipset, the 4.7-inch model will more than likely have a processor that is under clocked. To compare, the iPad Air features the A7 processor clocked at 1.39GHz, while the iPad mini with Retina display boasts the same processor, but is clocked at 1.29GHz.
At this point, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has been rumored to feature quite a few different things than the 4.7-inch model. Specifically, key details like the display, the camera and even the amount of storage. Rumors in the past have pointed to a sapphire glass display only being equipped on the larger of the two models. Analysts have also pointed to the inclusion of optical image stabilization in the camera within the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and not the smaller variant. And rumors of a 128GB iPhone model finally launching have been tied to the 5.5-inch variant, and not the 4.7-inch model.
The report also suggests that the two iPhone 6 models could use different touch modules, but no further details were provided for that particular note.
If these rumors pan out, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6/Air comes to market with a significant amount of “better” features, will you even consider the 4.7-inch model?
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