Hot on the heels of the recently concluded WWDC 2017 event in San Jose, CA, still more rumours surround the iPhone 8. So far, there have been talks about what to expect from the phone’s A11 ARM chip in comparison to the A10X Fusion.
Right now, the new iPad Pro is the first to showcase just how powerful the new chip really is. A couple of benchmarks on the A10X Fusion gave consumers an idea of what to expect when the iPhone 8 arrives.
Power-packed A11 ARM SoC
Early last week, Apple fans witness power in the making with the new GeekBench benchmark results for the A10X Fusion ARM chip from Apple. The new chip, which is used on the new iPad Pro, offers massive improvements compared to the previous iteration.
On the single processing benchmark, the chip managed to outstrip even Intel’s Core m7 processor by a certain degree. However, it is with the multicore processing where the A10X Fusion chip really shines.
The device under test managed to achieve an impressive score worthy of accolades. The score of 9091 is about 60 percent better than the current iPhone 7 smartphones in the market.
If Apple finally decides to cram a total of eight cores inside the A11 chip, consumers could be looking at really impressive performance from the iPhone 8.
New iOS renders with iPhone 8
iDrop News has been known in releasing unofficial renders of upcoming mobile phones. Its latest render now shows the iPhone 8 with official screen captures from iOS 11.
On the said renders, one can see the mockup iPhone 8 with some iOS 11 apps. Also present is the in-display-mounted Touch ID sensor since one of the images shows the phone’s rear without any fingerprint scanning hardware.
As suggested by many rumors in the past, the new renders still continue with the vertical dual camera assembly at the back. Also from the renders, it seems like the new iPhone will be covered in glass.
It is still rather too soon to say whether the new renders will really represent Apple’s tenth anniversary phone. So far, much of it was done as guesswork and through various leaked schematics.
Component mass production started
According to Digitimes, Samsung has already started mass producing OLED panels for Apple’s upcoming iPhone models. The company is expected to ship around 30 million 4.7- and 5.5-inch panels for the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. Meanwhile, supply chain rumors claim that Apple has ordered 80 million 5.8-inch OLED panels to be used on the iPhone 8.
The report from Digitimes also claimed that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will both have glass panels for front and back and an aluminum frame. On the other hand, instead of aluminum, the iPhone 8 will have a steel frame.
No Gigabit LTE
Finally, Bloomberg reported a few days ago that this year’s iPhones may not have Gigabit LTE when released. According to the report, this is pretty much due to the current spat between Qualcomm and Apple about patent royalties.
Print to this, there were reports that Apple is beginning to favor Intel as the majority provider for future iOS devices. For this year alone, Apple is said to increase order volumes to 50 percent in favor of Intel, as reported by Digitimes.
Starting next year, Intel may expect to see around 70 percent of overall wireless modem orders from Apple for future iPhones and iPads. Meanwhile, Qualcomm is slowly losing out on possible revenue from Apple due to the current lawsuit that both companies have on each other.
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