AnandTech on Apple’s A7 processor:
I suspect Apple has more tricks up its sleeve than that however. Swift and Cyclone were two tocks in a row by Intel’s definition, a third in 3 years would be unusual but not impossible (Intel sort of committed to doing the same with Saltwell/Silvermont/Airmont in 2012 – 2014).
Looking at Cyclone makes one thing very clear: the rest of the players in the ultra mobile CPU space didn’t aim high enough. I wonder what happens next round.
This is one area where Apple really took everyone by surprise recently. When people talk about Apple losing its taste for disruption, they usually disregard the things they do not understand – such as hardcore processor design.
Isn’t it obvious? The next round will finally bring us:
Code name will be iUnion or perhaps Singularity, or some such thing. Maybe they’ll call it oSz, eschewing the obviously problematic “y” (why) in a product name.
Personally I’d love to see a MacBook with a touch screen and one-touch authentication and access to Siri a’la the 5S, but with a real keyboard in a clamshell form factor… but I won’t hold my breath.
Unless they can make it shiny or paint it gold, most of their users are not likely to care