Rumors that Apple was designing its own processor 'core' have been roaming the web for years, but there was no confirmation or denial to be had when the company released the iPhone 5.
Now, though, thanks to Microprocessor Report’s Linley Gwennap and his in-depth article, we have the confirmation: the A6 chip in the new iPhone was, indeed, built by Apple. Although it is still an ARM-based design at heart, it is not a Cortex A9 or Cortex A15 chip.
That makes it completely different from the CPUs provided by Texas Instruments, NVIDIA and Qualcomm.
Too bad the new phone ended up having problems, like that pesky lens flare
and the occasional yellow screen
. It would have been the perfect means of promoting the new processor design otherwise.
Then again, consumers moved past bigger problems in the past, so Apple customers will probably do the same now.