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5.5-Inch iPhone 6's A8 Processor May Be More Powerful Than in 4.7-Inch Model

Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri claims the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will differ in more than just display size, reports AppleInsider. According to Arcuri's supply chain checks, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may include a more powerful processor and a different touch module than the 4.7-inch model.

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A7 transistor die photo from Chipworks

Details on the degree of processor difference between the two models were not provided, but the report suggests it may be more than a simple difference in clock speed as seen in the A7 used in the current iPads and iPhone 5s. The A7 in the iPad Air is clocked at 1.4 GHz, while the same chip in the Retina iPad mini and iPhone 5s is clocked at 1.3 GHz.

Arcuri suggests the processor in the faster 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may actually have a larger die than the version found in the 4.7-inch model. This architectural change may hint at an A8 processor with a different graphics processor or possibly a new process for the fabrication of the chip.

Besides two different processors, Arcuri also believes the two iPhone 6 models may ship with different touch modules, with TPK as the likely manufacturer.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone at a September event with the 4.7-inch model possibly arriving first and the 5.5-inch following up to several months later.

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16 weeks ago
Hope not! I want to buy a phone based on screen size, and not be forced to use a bigger screen to get better performance.
Rating: 27 Votes
16 weeks ago
Yes... Gooood.... Good..

Rating: 23 Votes
16 weeks ago
Damn it, this means I'll have to settle with a lower end model. :-(
No amount of CPU power can make me buy a 5,5" phone.
Rating: 17 Votes
16 weeks ago
A more power processor would make sense to compensate a higher resolution screen.
Rating: 14 Votes
16 weeks ago
Ok lets do a roundup of the rumors on differences between the 4.7 & 5.5":

Different processors
Different touch module
Different glass material
Different camera lens system

If all these turn out to be true, it will be a stretch to call both the iphone 6!
Rating: 13 Votes
16 weeks ago
This should be a lively discussion. Lol
Rating: 12 Votes
16 weeks ago

I doubt this. Why would Apple make two types of 'iPhone' under the same brand.


have you heard of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C?
Rating: 11 Votes
16 weeks ago
I doubt this. Why would Apple make two types of 'iPhone' under the same brand.

Edit: To clarify for those that are reading out of context. By two types of iPhone I mean different internals. iPhone 5s and 5C are not two types.. the iPhone 5C has the iPhone 5 internals which Apple invested greatly in R&D on this the previous year. This is a simple way to avoid changing production plants every cycle.

By trying to do 2 different manufacturing processes (i.e. two different chips) they would not only have to double their production facilities but also double testing for hardware and double testing on software bugs.

So please stop quoting me saying 5s and 5C.
Rating: 10 Votes
16 weeks ago
What's that, you say? The source is an analyst?

Okay, then.
Rating: 10 Votes
16 weeks ago
64 bit, desktop class power...

Can't keep more than 2 tabs open in safari.
Rating: 8 Votes

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