There is not even a month left to get to know the new iPhone, and of which we had not yet spoken at length is from his heart, the Apple A9 . We know that it will be called A9 because it is its natural evolution, and we also know that the new iPad will bring an Apple A9X, which is the same processor as the iPhone but with steroids and a higher clock frequency. Five years ago we met the first processor designed entirely by Apple, the Apple A4.
Much has happened since then, but it was the engine that drove the first iPad, iPhone 4, the 4th generation iPod touch and the 2nd generation Apple TV. It was this first Apple A4 that helped Apple mold mobile devices to its needs, without having to rely on the decisions of an outside manufacturer, as is the case with Intel and Macs. Year after year, the Apple AX becomes more powerful and energy efficient, which makes the iPhone and iPad always at the top of the power arrow in the mobile device market.
Currently the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPod touch feature the Apple A8 . The Apple A9 at the moment we can say with total security that it will move the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Air 3. We don’t know if any more will get in the car.
There’s something common to every evolution of the Apple AX every year: the new processor is always a little more powerful than the one that is going on, depending on which version this difference is greater or lesser . We saw the biggest jump between the Apple A5 and the Apple A6, which was up to three times faster than its predecessor in gross power. The Apple A8 is not much faster than the Apple A7, but it is much more energy efficient.
Although we have already seen the Apple A9 in pictures, on the motherboard of the iPhone 6s, externally we can say little. We do know that it will be manufactured with a 1416 nm FinFET process, instead of the 20 nm of the current models. This will allow more transistors to be placed on the same surface, or make the Apple A9 even smaller . A lower nm construction technology also allows the processor to consume less power.
There are people who dare to talk about the Geekbench score of this Apple A9, with 1921 points and 4873 points in single and multi-core tests, respectively . In the single-core test, we would be talking about a 19% performance jump over the Apple A8, and a 6% improvement over the Apple A8X. In the multi-core test, it would be a 69% improvement over the Apple A8, and an 8% improvement over the Apple A8X.
As we can see, Apple would have focused on greatly improving performance in simultaneous processes , giving priority to good performance in multitasking. These numbers could be totally false, but we haven’t heard false rumours for a long time. We just have to wait a few weeks to get out of it.