Tag Archives: Processor

iPhone 6 said to be powered by TSMC-made A8 chip [rumor]

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is yet again being mentioned alongside Apple in a report that predicts Cupertino will use TSMC to build the A8 chip for the next iPhone. Taiwan’s Commercial Times states that “most” of the orders for the next iPhones processor are being handed to TSMC and not Samsung. This report will come as no surprise to…

University of Wisconsin sues Apple over A7 chips

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), has sued Apple over a patent it owns, claiming that Apple willfully and intentionally breached the patent in the design of its A7 processor. The 64-bit chip features in Apple’s iPhone 5s and the iPad mini with Retina display. The specific patent, no. 5,781,752, specifically covers a “table based data…

Retina iPad mini clocked at 1.29 GHz – GeekBench score five times higher than previous iPad mini

As you well know, this morning the Retina iPad mini was made available to order to almost no fanfare whatsoever. Yet despite the fact that the device has been available to the public for less than 24 hours, the brand new device has already been put through its paces by GeekBench. The results of the GeekBench testing appear to suggest that the ARM A7…

Qualcomm backs off A7 “marketing gimmick” criticism

Qualcomm has recanted on a statement made by its senior vice president, who claimed that Apple’s 64-bit chip offered little benefits to consumers. Anand Chandrasekher, CMO of Qualcomm initially stated: “I know there’s a lot of noise because Apple did on their A7… I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from…

Best M7-optimized health & fitness apps for iPhone 5s [Roundup]

Apple’s September 10th event came and went without any hint of the rumored ‘iWatch’ with its expected fitness and biometric capabilities. But one thing that Apple did announce suggests that the company is at least dabbling in the area – the M7 chip in the iPhone 5s. The M7 chip is a coprocessor, and companion to the A7 chip, which is…

Report: Apple buys into company to start producing in-house chips

There have been rumors for quite a while that Apple will begin manufacturing its processors for different devices, such as the iOS device lineup, all in-house. These rumors are here again, as SemiAccurate (a site for which the name well represents its track record) is reporting that Apple has just bought in to a chip fabrication company so that it may be…

Intel said “no” to powering first iPhone

Many have wondered over the last six generations why Intel isn’t the chipmaker behind the iPhone’s processor. Up until now there was no solid reason, but today, the CEO of Intel stepped down and let us in on a little secret. The company told Apple “no.” While it is hard to believe now, Intel turned down Steve Jobs and Apple when asked to power the…

Samsung Galaxy S4 benchmarks blows iPhone 5 out of the water

The Galaxy S4 is hot. Really hot. As soon as this phone was announced, it was clear that the Galaxy S4′s specs were something else. Rocking the 5 inch Super AMOLED screen, 13MP camera and the Qaulcomm Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.9GHz, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been put through its paces by Primate Labs, who have analyzed the phone’s Geekbench 2…

Rumor: 10% of Apple A7 chips to be produced by Intel

We’ve been reading reports of Intel jumping onboard the Apple custom chip manufacturing bandwagon with increasing regularity in recent times. A report from last week suggested that Intel is ramping up its business and preparing for an order from Apple. The idea being – more than likely – that Cupertino wants to reduce its reliance on Samsung and opt for…