The iPhone 5s’ A7 Chip Isn’t Quad-Core

Despite what a lot of people initially believed, the iPhone 5s is actually only dual-core not quad-core. Although it is the world’s first 64-bit mobile phone, it is not Apple’s first quad-core chip.

The news comes from the reputable site Anandtech, who have noted that using a tool that counts cores is only returning the number 2.

iPhone 5S A7 Chip

Although this might shock a lot of people, considering most high-end Android smartphones have quad-core configurations or even higher, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. CNET recently interviewed Anand and he said the following:

“The quad-core card was kind of forced. It’s definitely not the only way to arrive at the ideal performance-power for a phone. The dual-core A7 is now the fastest [system-on-a-chip] we’ve tested under SunSpider, even outpacing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and ARM’s Cortex A15.”

Really this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Apple marches to a drum of its own and beefing up a dual-core chip makes a lot of sense. It allows Apple to save power, while the 64-bit element to it allows it to see an impressive performance boost over previous A series chips and other smartphones on the market.

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  • Joshua Jones Makaveli

    I hope iPad 5 get a fast chip too like that because im buying that next :D!

  • Brotherman7

    Apple has to get married and have a baby with Cydia, then things will get very, very interesting.

  • Elias Hodkinson

    Could you actually imagine! OMFG AHAHAH!
    That would just open up so many opportunities!

  • Elias Hodkinson

    I love the photo, that would make me so happy if my iPhone had that in it!
    I am so excited for some of the new hardware components in the iPhone 5S!

  • AndroidFAIL

    What would you even do with 4 cores in a phone? A tablet maybe. It would probably just drain your battery on a phone.