Perhaps one of the most underestimated aspects of modern mobile devices is the chipset that they use. When the new iPhone 5 was launched last week much focus was placed on the new large screen, metallic design and software but little was said about the mysterious A6 chipset incorporated on the phone. This is what is responsible for delivering the performance that people love so much on an Apple device. Since the release of the phone some experts have put the phone through its paces to see how the chipset performs and the results are superb.
Very little was known about the new A6 chipset when the iPhone 5 was launched but since its release more details have also been discovered about what this architecture actually offers. At the heart of proceedings is a processor chip clocked at 1.2GHZ and this is teamed with an impressive 1GB of RAM. The GPU on a phone is responsible for delivering high quality graphics and video and the iPhone uses a new generation PowerVR SGX 543MP3 chip that really excels in this area. On paper such specification can mean very little to the average phone user but it is the most vital element of the phone when it comes to delivering the performance we have come to expect form such premium devices.
The iPhone 5 has been put through its paces by technology blog Anandtech and the phone has scored highly is well established tests. In terms of browser speed the SunSPider, Google V8 and Browsermark tests where used and the phone beat all competition on all three. There is obviously a sticking point as to whether the new 4 inch display is still to small for perfect browsing but when it comes to speed there is no phone to rival this model. GPU tests where also very impressive and the phone came very close to what the NewiPad produced despite offering a core less on the GPU. The test also revealed that the model does indeed twice the performance of the iPhone 4S that was promised prior to its launch.
The A6 chipset on the iPhone 5 is now not the mystery that it was one week ago and the set up delivers performance levels that exceed what rival devices can offer.