To Apple’s credit, it’s never really been one to join in the smartphone spec race. The iPhone’s camera, for example, has technically been 8MP since 2011’s iPhone 4S, with the Californians opting to make the technology better (shock horror) rather than half-heartedly upping the megapixel count.
Similarly, we’re told that the inevitable Apple A8 processor powering the iPhone 6 will be dual-core, same as the A7, A6 and even A5 before it, but with significantly better performance.
Supposedly the dual-core Apple A7 will be succeeded by the dual-core Apple A8, though the clock speed will leap – story goes – from 1.3GHz to 2GHz.
Furthermore, being manufactured using the 20nm process, the Apple A8 will be smaller than the A7, which ultimately should make it more efficient in terms of power consumption.
Needless to say, the Apple A8 processor is also tipped to be 64-bit, same as last year’s Apple A7.
Again, credit to Apple for sticking to its guns, while the Android army continues stocking up on quad-core and even octo-core processors.
Qualcomm marketing guy Tim McDonough reckons the Chinese in particular are obsessed with specs "whether or not they make a big difference”, but clearly Apple reckons the iPhone 6 will speak for itself.