Apple has today torn the wraps off the new iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus, to reveal that these beastly devices are powered by even more powerful and monstrous processor. The new iPhone lineup packs in a completely redesigned high-performance quad core processor, called the A10 Fusion.
And like every year, Apple has one uped(or should i say x-uped!?) itself by developing an even more faster processor, but just a little short than the last time. The A10 Fusion is about 40 per cent faster than the previous A9 processor chip which was used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and about twice as fast as the A8.
Two of the cores on the A10 Fusion are called ‘high-performance’ cores, and are likely to be used to handle RAM and memory intensive tasks such as graphics, and gaming. While the other two cores are ‘high efficiency’ and perform the mobile tasks at fifth the amount of power required by the former two.
The two dual-core setups in the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be utilised accordingly when needed. The research team at Cupertino has designed a performance controller(or a configuration switch) that will automatically route tasks to the power-consuming or power-efficient cores. It will be responsible for distributing tasks to specific cores required to efficiently perform it.
In addition to this, the graphics performance on the iPhone 7 lineup has also been drastically improved, thanks to the A10 Fusion processor. The new 6-core GPU embedded inside the A10 chip promises to offer ‘console level graphics’ on the iPhone. The GPU is also 50 per cent faster than the previous gen A9 and about three times faster than than the A8 inside the iPhone 6.
This whole newly designed internals ultimately and indirectly lead to an improved battery life. The iPhone 7 uses nearly two-thirds of the power of the previous gen, and is expected to get at least two extra hours of battery life when compared to the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, is also expected to get an hour of extra battery life as compared to previous iPhone 6s Plus.
The A10 Fusion processor has been dubbed as “the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone“, that can help the new iPhone 7 lineup achieve “the longest battery life ever in an iPhone“. That’s killing two birds with one stone. Well done, Apple!
For more information on everything announced and released at the keynote event, refer to our liveblog right here.