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iPhone 5S Could Have a Whopping 3 GHz A7 Processor



Apple, which uses its own ARM-based processor design for its mobile smartphones and tablets, may be able to deliver an A7 processor for the iPhone 5S with a 3 GHz clock speed without any compromise to battery life. The chipset will utilize Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s 20 nm architecture to achieve 25 percent less energy consumption while at the same time delivering up to 30 percent better performance than the current processor on the iPhone 5.

News of the processor speed bump was published on Phone Arena

Apple-Gray-Logo-–-HD-Wallpapers3This would represent a huge boost for Apple, which could best the powerhouse Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor that tops out at 2.3 GHz per core. The Snapdragon 800 is a quad-core chipset and it’s unclear if Apple will continue to use a dual-core design from the Apple A6 processor or move to a quad-core CPU architecture for the A7.

Likely, to conserve battery life, Apple may underclock the CPU so that performance won’t be taxing. Even if the company kept performance similar to the A6 CPU, with the same battery the A7 could deliver a much longer battery life for the iPhone 5S.

Though Apple doesn’t like to list specs for its internal components, the more powerful A7 performance thanks to a 20 nm architecture will help iOS 7 run more fluidly on the newer iPhone. With the iOS 7 beta loaded on an iPhone 5 hardware, I’ve noticed that performance lagged at times. Hopefully, with software optimization and better hardware, the iOS 7 will be fluid on an iPhone 5S.

A recent leaked internal photo suggests that Apple would be making a jump to the A7 processor family for the iPhone 5S, rather than utilizing a variant of the A6 chipset.



  1. George

    07/10/2013 at 7:51 am

    hardly likely,bearing in mind apple tech specs are usually at least a year behind top end smartphones.

    apple may very well be ABLE to do this, but they know they dont need to because the itards go out and buy their product whatever the spec – they don’t possess reason or logic. fair play to apple for their luck in that one.

    • Christian

      07/10/2013 at 1:18 pm

      It’s refinement and attention to detail. Why overclock something/generate more heat/use more battery life on a higher clocked processor when: 1. the user isn’t going to feel any difference 2. the phone is running at ideal conditions in terms of speed, heat generation, and battery life.

      I realize you and most Android users don’t really have any real concept of refinement, detail, or thinking about the bigger picture so this is why I’m educating you.

      • hurtbutt

        07/10/2013 at 1:41 pm

        Don’t worry about George, it’s just the butthurt talking.

        I remember back in the day when Nokia N95 owners were mocking the (original) iPhone for not having 3G or a 5 MP camera. They proudly waves around their bulky, slow, and buggy Symbian phone that had more “features.” That worked out really well . . .

      • Andrew

        09/10/2013 at 7:40 am

        Yes is its a balance. So then how does the htc one have double the battery life, and triple the processing power of the i5? I call that attention to detail.

    • Armand Dassault

      07/29/2013 at 2:22 pm

      Apple knows how stiff the competition and its customers are not mindless robots. They want the best phone so Apple better pony up or they will lose.

    • ROB (@bcoolrob)

      08/01/2013 at 4:28 am

      Poor George so you think your plastic phone is better with all of its gimmicky features that only works less than half time and your unstable operating system have fun with that Samsung S4,S5,S6 and so on

  2. [anonymous]

    07/10/2013 at 9:09 am

    I say this as an iPhone 4S user. Who needs this much speed? Chipmakers might as well put their effort into making processors more battery efficient than fast. When the A5 processor launched on iDevices, I noticed a difference. Apps didn’t crash, the device never lagged. The A6 double the RAM of the previous iPhone and I noticed no difference in anything except the launch of some apps being a few seconds faster. What I am saying is. We have fast phones, now lets either finds ways to use that speed or make a processor battery-efficient enough that it can last a year on a charge.

  3. Josh H

    07/14/2013 at 1:49 am

    Well since iOS 7 is still in beta, a lag with doing things is expected. Once it’s ready for GM the code will be optimized and performance shouldn’t be an issue. I don’t believe better hardware will be needed. As stated before, an A7 would be nice but not needed. I’d settle for more RAM, better camera sensor and dual LED flash.

  4. Observer

    08/24/2013 at 7:37 pm

    the iphone doesn’t need to be fast it already is because it has an operating system that makes sure its fast and efficient meanwhile for android all the phones need to be fast so it can handle the operating system that is always being updated and don’t care if the phones can keep up with it also a lot of companies like Samsung put a lot of bloatware that make the phone slower and less efficient that is why people root their android phones to unlock the phones full potential meanwhile apple gives you that out of the box. Fyi I have neither an iphone or android phone but I plan to buy 1 and have done extensive research I have came with the coclusion that iphone is better because of the reasons stated above.

  5. Harry

    08/25/2013 at 4:17 pm

    Iphone’s never have crappy hardware. They compete very well on benchmarks, because they consentrate more on graphical power than processing power. That also makes iphones run smoother.

    Another reason iphone will always be better is: the fact they realize only one phone a year, which makes it easy for developers to adjust applications to a certain screen size and pixel density.

    Everyone who has used iphone knows that iphones are smooth and work a lot better than android devices. Yes android is more open platform. But it has a lot of shit in it. In my oppinion widgets are waste of space.

    Only thing that drives me crazy about ios is that you cant download over 50mb size apps via 3g/4g. Which leads to the fact that most of ios apps are under 50mb.

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