Apple caught many of its competitors off-guard when it announced that the iPhone 5s would be the first mobile device to ever feature a 64-bit processor. Now comes word via the Commercial Times of Taiwan that Apple will have some more surprises in store when it annoucnes the iPhone 6, presumably sometime this Summer.
The report claims that Apple's next-gen A8 processor, in addition to being manufactured at TSMC, will be a quad-core chip.
Of course, reports of Apple working with TSMC on its series of A-x processors have persisted for quite some time. Each iPhone every released, however, has sported a Samsung supplied processor. So while it'd be interesting to see Apple's long-rumored deal with TSMC actually pan out with the iPhone 6, we're not gonna hold our breaths.
It's still a bit early to have a grasp on the iPhone 6's feature set, but there have been more than a few rumblings suggesting that Apple's next-gen iPhone will sport a bigger screen. Back in February, the South China Morning Post relayed that Apple this year will release two new iPhone models, one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch display.
Also of note are rumors that Apple's next-gen iPhone will feature a sapphire display, making the device almost impervious to scratches. If indeed true, it remains to be seen how shatter-resistant sapphire is compared to the Corning Gorilla Glass currently used on Apple's iOS devices.