Rumors floating around the web today predict that Apple’s upcoming iPhone – commonly known as iPhone 6 – is going to be the first smartphone in the company’s portfolio to use a 2GHz processor. Currently, the iPhone 5s has a dual-core CPU clocked at around 1.3GHz.
On the downside for spec-junkies, it’s expected that Apple will continue to opt for a dual-core chip rather than go for quad-core. And while that may seem like a disappointment, when you consider the way Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip in the iPhone 5s and iPad Air still perform incredibly well, it shouldn’t be a surprise. If Cupertino’s engineers are boosting the clock speed, there’s certainly good reason for that. After all, the team is well-known for perfectly tuning the chips to match the software.
Now we don’t know anything about the iPhone 6, at least not with any certainty. We’ve seen leaked parts and read various rumors, and the general gist seems to be that it will feature a 4.7-inch display and – possibly – launch alongside a similar device with a 5.5-inch display. With both having larger screens, it’s reasonably to assume that they will require a more powerful processor, along with a larger battery. Since iOS doesn’t need more than two cores to run efficiently, a faster dual-core processor makes perfect sense.
As for other features, I’m certain we can expect a better camera. Improved optics are almost guaranteed every single year. But leaks would suggest the true-tone, dual-LED flash is being replaced by a single LED in the next device.
But like we always advise, these are just rumors. Until Apple announces it, none of it should be taken as gospel.