Apple’s A8 chip could be 2 GHz or more, remain dual-core

A8 chip

For those wondering how fast Apple’s next-generation Apple A8 chip could be, G for Games has shared potential new details. According to the report, the Chinese media has been going rampant over a rumor that the Apple A8 system-on-a-chip could remain dual-core with a clock speed of 2 GHz or more. 

For comparison, the iPhone 5s is powered by the 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple A7 chip. If the Apple A8 chip does end up having a clock speed of 2 GHz or more, coupled with further improvements to hardware-software optimization, the oft-rumored iPhone 6 could be a much faster smartphone than its predecessor.

Apple’s A8 chip is said to retain 64-bit dual-core architecture, with a 20nm manufacturing process. This new rumor contradicts what we heard in March, when the iPhone 6 was pegged to have a 2.6 GHz Apple A8 chip alongside an “Ultra Retina Display” at 389 pixels-per-inch, thinner design and new sensors.

Around the same time, we heard that Apple manufacturing partner TSMC and Samsung would be splitting production of the Apple A8 chip. The next-generation iPhone could also have a dedicated LTE chipset from Qualcomm, instead of LTE being integrated into Apple’s system-on-a-chip.

It is important to take this rumor with a pinch of salt. G for Games has been cited by respected publications like MacRumors, but it remains a sketchy website with a relatively unproven track record at reporting on Apple rumors. If anything, we are sharing this rumor in the interest of discussion.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 in September alongside the public release of iOS 8.

[via G for Games]