Quad-Core A6 Apple iPhone Chance: But Not For iPhone 5

New developments in the mobile industry seem to coming at breakneck speeds these days and smartphones that seemed cutting edge only a few months ago are already beginning to look outdated when looking at what’s coming up in the next few months. For instance we have news today that an A6 quad-core processor for the iPhone looks likely but that it won’t be for the iPhone 5 but more likely the iPhone 6.

When we look at current handsets, the 1.2GHz dual-core processor of the Samsung Galaxy S II has already being usurped by 1.5GHz dual-core processors on the upcoming HTC Vigor and the Samsung Celox, which will also surpass the expected A5 processor that’s most likely on the next iPhone. A few days ago we told of an even bigger step forward for handset processors with news that the Meizu MX to be released in China in September, is to have a 1.5GHZ quad-core processor, which will be a first for an Android handset. It seems then that quad-core processors for smartphones will be the norm before too long.

A while ago we told of rumors about the possibility of an A6 quad-core processor for the iPhone 6 and that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. was a likely manufacturer. A new report in today from Richard Goodwin over on Know Your Mobile, sourced from Taiwan Economic News, now tells us of further news on this, as details of the A6 processor have now appeared online. As we predicted, it’s not Samsung who made the A4 and A5 chips for Apple that will be building the new chipsets, but TSMC as above.

With the ongoing skirmishes between Apple and Samsung the fact that Samsung won’t be playing any part in the A6 chip won’t surprise anybody but the important news is that these A6 possible quad-core chips, which will also support 3D, will be included in Apple devices arriving in the second quarter of 2012. Zach Epstein over on BGR tells how trial production of this A6 chip has already begun and that it could be 28-nanometer SoC’s featuring either dual or quad-core.

As we expected then the iPhone 5 will probably have the A5 processor as on the iPad 2 but this does open the glorious possibility of a 3D quad-core iPhone 6 for sometime next year. This is just speculation of course but at least the possibility looks likely to be there. We’d like to hear your thoughts on a quad-core processor for the iPhone? Let us have your comments.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the obvious answer to solve the problem of parallel computing is more parallelism. I don’t buy this one bit. Lower power consumption, faster clock rates, yes. But more cores? This sounds like using a razor with 27 blades, when one sharp enough blade will do just as well, if not better.

  • Alan P. Su

    Faster clock rate is the opposite to lower power consumption. Lower clock with multiple processors is the way to deal with low power.