Not only the iPhone or iPad is a concern when launched, but the chipset is carried by the device is also no less a concern. Apple also introduced the new Apple A10 Fusion chipset. For those of you who do not know, the chipset is the first chipset from Apple that supports Quad-core processors, because the previous chipset is still using dual-core processors.
From dual-core to quad-core becomes a big change from Apple, it seems the iPhone chipset for this year will also change. This is known thanks to developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter, who said the Apple A11 Fusion Chipset that launches this year will introduce a hexa-core (6-core) setup. This processor will consist of quad-core “Mistral” cores and dual-core “Monsoon” cores.
The configuration is similar to the big.LITTLE architecture where the chipset will support multiple cores but with multiple cores alone devoted to heavy / intensive tasks, while other cores are used to handle lighter applications. That way, the processor will be more efficient in the use of power, which impact on the longer battery life.
However it should be noted that the A11 Fusion chip will not be the first of the hexa-core chipsets from Apple because previously the A10X Fusion chip has come with the configuration. However, the A10X Fusion chip is only used by 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Pro. So, the Apple A11 Fusion chipset will be the first hexa-core chip to be carried by the iPhone this year.