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Apple’s new A8 processor will power console-like 3D mobile games

Apple’s new A8 processor will power console-like 3D mobile games

CUPERTINO, CALIF. — Apple’s new iPhone 6 has an A8 processor that promises to deliver high-end 3D graphics for games without draining your battery life.

Apple showed off what the A8 processor can do by showing a game, Super Evil Megacorp’s Vain Glory, on a new iPhone 6+ today at its press event introducing the new smartphone. The A8 processor combines graphics and a processor on a single chip. It has 2 billion transistors, or basic on-off switches, on one piece of silicon. It is built with a 20-nanometer manufacturing process, one of the most modern technologies available today. That gives it better battery life too.

The A8 chip is 13 percent smaller than the A7 in the iPhone 5S. That means it is less expensive to produce and consumes less power. Yet it is 25 percent faster in central processing unit (CPU) performance and 50 percent faster graphics.

That graphics processing power showed in the multiplayer online battle arena game, Vain Glory, which had colorful landscapes and fast action in a multiplayer fantasy combat game.

The A8 has longer  sustained performance over time, compared to the typical microprocessor, Apple’s top marketing executive, Phil Schiller, said on stage.

Apple’s A8 will take advantage of Metal, a new graphics applications performance interface (API) that minimizes the overhead and maximizes a game’s ability to

“Vain Glory is our first game and we can’t wait for you to try it,” said Stephen Smith of Super Evil Megacorp.IMG_0729

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