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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Report: Apple set to announce its next-generation coprocessor, the 'M8'

In 2013, Apple introduced the M7 coprocessor alongside the A7 chip. It
shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then to know that Cupertino is
working on an updated coprocessor codenamed “Phosphorus,” according to Chinese media (via G for Games).

Little is known about the “M8,” though many speculate that it will
help collect and interpret health-related data for the “iPhone 6” and
the company’s new Health app. The M8 is likely to launch with the
long-rumored “A8” processor. The M7 coprocessor was designed to measure
motion data from an iOS device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.
It’s primarily used for fitness apps that track user activity.

In July, it was reported that Apple’s next chip could push speeds to heights
never before seen on iOS devices. In fact, the chip likely to be found
on the iPhone 6 and “iPad Air 2” could boast frequencies of 2.0 GHz or
more per core. The iPhone 5s features a 1.3Ghz A7 SoC processor.

The A8 is expected to continue to adopt a 64-bit dual-ore
architecture found on the A7 processor and continue to be built using
the 20-nanometer process.

The iPhone 6 is expected to make its debut on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
 -- AppAdvice

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