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Apple supposedly contracting TSMC to produce A6X processor

Apple supposedly contracting TSMC to produce A6X processor

It's a rumor that's been making the rounds for quite some time, going back as far as March of 2011: Apple moving production of their custom ARM-based processors from Samsung to TSMC. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has increasingly been named as a principle benefactor of Apple's unhappy...
Samsung raises their prices on Apple processors

Samsung hikes processor fabrication prices on Apple by 20%

Samsung has reportedly raised the prices they charge for manufacturing chipsets like the iPhone 5's Apple A6 by a whopping 20%. While no reason for the increase was given, Apple’s increased demand for processors, as many as 200 million chips this year, up from 130 million last year, could be a...
iPad 4 and iPad mini performance tests

iPad 4 and iPad mini performance tests

The iPad 4 has an Apple A6X system-on-a-chip (SoC) is marketed as twice as fast, both in central and graphics processing, as the iPad 3 released only 7 short months ago. Apple's custom, manually-set ARM v7s processor -- called Swift -- remains the 32nm CMOS dual-core beast found in the iPhone 5,...
Regarding the iPad 3 mark II

Regarding the iPad 3 mark II

Back in August iMore reported that Apple was planning to update all current iOS devices to the new Lightning connector. That included the new iPad (iPad 3) that went on sale last March. Today MacRumors reported a developer had started seeing iPad 3,6 show in his or her app analytics, and what's...
Apple A6 processor tear down

Apple A6 processor tear down

Since the iPhone body has already been torn down, what's left to do but tear down it's brain -- the all new, all custom Apple A6 system-on-a-chip (SoC). And that's just exactly what iFixt and Chipworks have just done. During the iPhone 5 teardown, we referenced the B8164B3PM label we found on...
Apple A6 reportedly a custom ARM CPU, PowerVR SGX 543MP3, 1GB of RAM

Apple A6 reportedly a custom ARM CPU, PowerVR SGX 543MP3, 1GB of RAM

At the iPhone 5 event on September 12, Apple not only announced a new iPhone, but also a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) sequentially named the Apple A6, While we'd heard about this new chipset prior to the event, we hadn't heard anything specific. Rumors ranged from an updated, higher clocked version...
Apple A6

Apple introduces the smaller, faster A6 chipset for the iPhone 5

With the iPhone 5 now going through the full unveiling process, Phil Schiller took the stage to confirm that Apple is indeed making use of the Apple A6 chipset in the new device. There was plenty of rumors surrounding the next-generation hardware and whether or not the A6 would be a part of it but...
iPhone 5 preview: Processor, graphics, RAM, and storage

iPhone 5 preview: Processor, graphics, RAM, and storage

Apple is expected to announce their next generation iPhone on September 12, 2012, and while there have been a lot of leaks about what it may look like, there have only been a few about what will power it. That's not surprising. Apple seldom gives specifics about the processors inside the iPhone,...
Next gen iPhone part leaks show off unshielded logic board, A6 possibly on board

Purported iPhone 5 part leaks show off Apple A6 chipset

The most recent in a slew of iPhone 5 part leaks shows two views of what's reportedly the next-generation iPhone logic board, including one with the shields removed. What makes this so interesting is that it appears from the photos, if they're accurate, that Apple will be using the Apple A6...
iPad 3 event preview

iPad 3 event preview

Complete rumor rundown of Apple's upcoming iPad 3 event, from release date to hardware hopes and software speculation Apple's next generation iPad 3 will almost certainly be announced on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, California. Everything else about it,...

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