The Apple iPhone 6 will be powered by a quad-core A8 processor, bringing Apple's next flagship smartphone in-line with the current crop of quad-core Android flagships. At least that's the latest information being reported by fresh leaks concerning Apple's next iPhone.
Apple's iPhone 5S is powered by a dual-core A7 processor, which more than stands up against the competition thanks to its 64-bit interface and the efficiency of Apple's iOS platform. But the move to a processor with double the amount of cores would provide a vast performance boost.
ZDNET in Korea are reporting that Apple will use Samsung to produce the new A8 processor, which apparently is already being tested with production due to begin in April. Their source inside Samsung also ruled out previous rumours suggesting that Apple had given the contract for the A8 processor to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The new 64-bit processor is likely to be backed up by a quad-core GPU and the iPhone 6 will retain the same 64-bit architecture, albeit with even more optimisations thanks to the introduction of iOS 8. We've also heard that Apple's next iPhone will be thinner, lighter and will support Apple's own wireless payment method (similar to NFC).
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