Developers revelations stemming from mining the iOS 11 code, the upcoming Apple A11 chipset that is about to shine in the iPhones announced today, will feature six processor cores. Two high-powered cores are eventually dubbed Monsoon, and the remaining four Mistral cores handle the lighter housekeeping. The A10 Fusion used on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus carries four cores, two for high performance, and two for high efficiency.
The A10X used on the recently refreshed versions of the iPad Pro comes with three high powered Hurricane cores, and three high efficiency Zephyr cores. In addition, Apple is reportedly pairing the A11 with a co-processor dubbed “Neural Engine,” which will handle sensory input and Face ID calculation duties.
What does all this mean? Well, the A11, which will be the second Apple processor built on the modern 10nm process, is shaping up to be a beast, and a mysterious “iPhone 10,5” just popped up in the Geekbench database, as if to confirm this.
It does list a hexa-core chipset, which would be a first for an iPhone, 3 GB of RAM, as rumored, and, most importantly, record-breaking single and multi-core scores. The alleged A11 processor managed to crank out 4000+ single-core points, and close to the 10,000 threshold in multi-core, indicating one mighty powerhouse might land under the hood of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and the iPhone X that are reportedly going to be revealed later today.