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New Apple A8 Processor To Power iPhone 5

A Taiwanese newspaper has become the second source in less than 24 hours to claim that Apple will be moving to a new Application Processor

Apple Daily says (opens in new tab) that the new silicon will be known as the A8, which refers to two A4 cores (two times A4), suggesting that the system on chip may be based on a dual core A8 or A9 design.

The parts will reportedly be supplied by Kinsus, a Taiwanese firm that will also provide Apple with a significant number of substrates for Qualcomm chipsets destined to the next generation iPhone & iPad.

Moving to the Cortex A9 does make sense for Apple, although we're not sure whether it is worth moving to a more powerful, but more power hungry, dual core configuration at this point in time.

We've already seen at least five devices with a dual core Cortex A9 SoC, all of them from Nvidia; the Toshiba AC100, the Advent Vega, the Motorola Atrix 4G, Droid Bionic, LG Optimus Black and the LG Optimus 2X.

Power consumption, rather than pure performance, is going to drive Apple's decision to use a dual core configuration. Engadget claimed earlier that the processor would be called the A5 and would also be based on the Cortex A9.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.