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iPhone 5's A6 processor detailed, looks in-house

The iPhone 5's A6 processor has been detailed, revealing more of the new phone's tech specs.

Apple stays notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to the exact specs of its new devices. Sure, it'll tout its 'retina display' or some similarly Apple-named feature, but it's always a little short on details. Head to the specs page for the iPhone 5, and you'll see what I mean. It doesn't even mention the processor.

We all know it's an A6 chip powering Apple's latest mobile. But now AnandTech has gone into detail on the chip, giving us all the info we could want, and more.

First up, there's 1GB of RAM powering the device. Apple hasn't said this in its promotional bumpf, but Samsung revealed it in one of its sniping ads comparing it with its own Galaxy S3. The A6 chip is actually comprised of "two 512MB dies in a dual-channel LPDDR2 package with 32 bits per channel", according to the site.

And memory? It's got 8,528MB/sec, which is a 33 per cent improvement on the 6,400MB/sec in the iPhone 4S. Though it still falls short of the 12,800MB/sec found in the iPad.

The A6 also seems to be the first chip truly made by Apple, seeing as the Cupertino company is using maths units too new to be found in an ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. This would signal a departure from the A5 or A5X. This would give Apple more scope to optimise performance to fit its hardware, rather than just buying in pre-made chips.

We'll have to wait for a full review to see how this impacts on the device's performance. 

All well and good. But let's not forget Apple's charging £25 to make your new iPhone compatible with your current dock, which is a slap in the face if you ask me.

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