by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider
A report on on Saturday reveals Apple’s new A6 processor is actually the company’s first attempt at designing a custom ARMv7 core, possibly debunking earlier claims that the silicon was using ARM’s A9 or A15 Cortex designs.
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 on Wednesday, not much divulged in the way of technical specifications, including the exact nature and build of the new A6 processor powering the device. Some, including the well-versed Anand Shimpi from AnandTech, speculated that the chip was using ARM Cortex A15 processor cores, the next-generation of ARM architecture that has yet to be seen in a consumer device.
In a follow-up report, Shimpi has reportedly unearthed fresh evidence to support the idea that the A6 is “first Apple SoC to use its own ARMv7 based processor design.” He goes on to say the CPU core, or cores, are not based on ARM’s A9 or A15 designs, but “are something of Apple’s own creation.”