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Apple's A6 processor baked into the iPhone 5 is a custom design by Apple, prioritizes performance and power efficiency

Apple's A6 processor, featured in the iPhone 5, is a custom Apple design that prioritizes performanc

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 16, 2012 12:28 am CDT - 0 mins, 59 secs reading time

When the iPhone 5 was announced, all we knew of its processor was that it was the "Apple A6", but we had no idea what was inside this magical new chip. Apple said it featured "2x faster CPU" and "2x faster graphics", but why and how?

Apple's A6 processor baked into the iPhone 5 is a custom design by Apple, prioritizes performance and power efficiency | TweakTown.com

Anandtech is reporting that the A6 is a custom Apple design, saying:

The A6 is the first Apple SoC to use its own ARMv7 based processor design. The CPU core(s) aren't based on a vanilla A9 or A15 design from ARM IP, but instead are something of Apple's own creation.

The benefits of a custom-designed chip from Apple, is that they can tune their processor toward specific goals. These goals could be performance at a certain time while using the phone, or when not in use, some crazy power efficiency. At least we now know that Apple didn't just throw in a Cortex-A15 or A9 chip, but they decided on their own, custom Apple core. It's actually something I hoped was baked into the phone on an article we published yesterday.

Anand himself goes into some amazing detail on his article, and I suggest you check it out.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

NEWS SOURCE:anandtech.com

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