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Apple’s next-gen A10 chipset rumored to have hexa-core CPU

This year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus sport Apple’s all-new A9 chipset, which brings with it improved performance compared to its predecessors. The A9’s barely become official and we’re already hearing the first rumor regarding its successor. According to a source in China, the Apple A10 for 2016 devices will be quite special.

That’s because the Cupertino company is said to be seriously focusing on multithreading for the first time since it’s started designing mobile chipsets. This newfound focus may result in the A10 SoC having a hexa-core (6-core) CPU.

Up until this point, Apple went up to three cores maximum. This is why its chips benchmark poorly in multi-core runs compared to the Android competition. The A10 will be manufactured on either a 14nm or a 10nm process. The manufacturing partner for it could be Samsung, but TSMC and Intel haven’t been ruled out either.

The source of the information is apparently the same person who accurately described the Apple A9 chipset before it was official, so all of this could pan out. Then again, we’re pretty early in the development phase of the A10, so even if these details are true now, things may change in the future.