It?s a well known fact that the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will come powered by the new A10 chipset. This silicon apparently made a silent visit to a benchmark site recently and in the process, revealed what is in store for the potential iPhone 7 buyers.
The Apple A10 chipset is believed to be manufactured with the help of 16nm FinFET process by TSMC. As it turns out, the production of this chipset has been increased significantly in order to meet the iPhone 7 release date deadline set in September.
Interestingly, the Apple A9 chipset, last seen powering the iPhone 6s, also used the same 16nm manufacturing process. So why didn?t Apple opt for 10nm process? This is because TMSC and others are reportedly not equipped to mass produce the chipsets using the much-advanced 10nm process,?Phone Arena noted.
Nevertheless, the Apple A10 chip carries an improved design and offers much-better performance than the predecessor. Reports also suggest that the new chipset will consume less energy and the hardware heating problems will be reduced substantially.
Portal Techtastic, citing Geekbench benchmark result, says the single-core performance of the Apple iPhone 7?s A10 chipset is almost the same as the powerful A9X chipset. The A9X powers the Apple iPad Pro 2-in-1 tablets, which is the fastest Apple device at this point.
But then, the good news is that the A10 chip delivered about 20 percent better performance than the A9 chipset, which powers the current-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones.
Furthermore, past rumors also suggested that TMSC will be making the Apple A10 with the home grown integrated fan-out (InFO) technology. This technology will apparently be able to reduce the size of the chip, and thereby, slimming the iPhone 7 significantly. The extra unused space can also be used to add a larger battery.
On a related note, a new report stated that the iPhone 7 will come equipped with a 1,960 mAh battery cell onboard. The iPhone 6s, on the other hand, carries a 1,715 mAh cell.