At the heart of iPhone 7 is a high-power and efficient A10 Fusion chip

By , Sep 7, 2016

A10 Fusion chip

Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are each powered by a powerful A10 Fusion system on a chip that is not only faster than any iPhone ever made, but also significantly more power efficient.

It’s technically a quad-core processor, but two of those cores are high-performance cores and the other two are lower performance to handle power-efficient tasks in the background. It’s up to 40% faster than the A9 chip that came in the iPhone 6s and it’s up to twice as fast as the A8 chip that came in the iPhone 6.

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In addition to being faster, we mentioned efficiency. It literally only sips power, as Apple’s new custom performance controller makes it possible for the A10 Fusion chip’s low-power cores to use only 1/5 of the power of its high-power cores.

a10 fusion power efficiency

The GPU inside of the A10 Fusion is also just as powerful. Gamers are going to love this: it’s a 6-core GPU with speeds up to 50% faster than the A9 chip from the iPhone 6s and 3x faster than the A8 chip in the iPhone 6. With it, games will render with an enjoyable buttery-smooth and high-FPS experience.

a10 fusion graphic performance

The additional power efficiency reportedly gives the iPhone 7 up to two extra hours of battery life over the previous generation.

A faster iPhone with more power and improved battery life is going to let those who love Pokémon GO go further than they ever have with their Pokémon adventures, of course, it helps in other areas too.

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  • Stuart Lombard

    The A10 is quad core, not dual core

  • CaptainHappy

    Err, what? Did I see the same keynote? I seriously thought they said it was a quad-core?

  • Ninja Ass

    Btw this time I’m impressed.

  • Atul Mann

    Its over now! No one more thing this time? 🙁

    • Rowan09

      I miss those

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      One More Thing happen mostly at WWDC’s.

  • CaptainHappy

    Like the wide angle lens for the camera. The fact they both have OIS and better battery life is making me question my initial plan to get a Plus.

  • MrTarek

    ummm, they mentioned iOS 10 release date , but what about mac os Seirra ?

    • ravinigga

      Next month

  • TornBodies

    The Speed comparison to the note 7 is gonna be embarrassing for samsung

    • Ninja Ass

      Hahah I really what to see how Samsung will cry in conner

    • racerhomie2

      it will be EXPLODING with envy

  • Aman Shah

    An earpod to new level
    It’s lightening time…

  • Anyone know if this is true quad core or not? It seemed like it’s more akin to having 2 dual core processors in the phone; one that is highly optimized for speed and the other highly optimized for energy efficiency. While it’s technically quad core, does it really allow you to run all 4 cores at once or does it just switch between sets based on the apps being run? For some reason running all 4 cores doesn’t seem like much of a boost if 2 of them are severely underpowered compared to the others.

    Although I suppose while gaming on the high performance cores it would be possible to handle background tasks like syncing data and app management on the others. All in all though I’m really interested to see the real world benchmarks on this. Seems like a really cool idea!

    Makes me wonder if Apple will ever start building their own desktop chips again.

    • It’s basically a dual-core. But it has four cores; two of which are dedicated to hardcore processing and two of which are dedicated to lightweight background processes.

      • Wow, since this phone essentially has a “dual core chip” dedicated to background tasks I’d love to see a rematch between the Samsung S7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Even without this dedicated processor the 6S Plus beat it in launching apps, video rendering and multitasking performance according to that video you guys posted a while back. I’ll certainly be looking forward to the benchmarks once real world people get their hands on it 🙂

    • Crim Nino

      Actually it is true quad core and since Apple also makes their own OS they are able to utilize the cores how they see fit.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Why not just autoclock to lower power consumption and raise it when needed instead of having a high and a low cpu?