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The Apple Inc. A9 Might Deliver Seriously Crazy Levels of Performance

A recent leak may suggest that Apple's upcoming smartphone chip is a veritable powerhouse.

Blog Ringer Blue Men (via BGR) shows a purported screen capture of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) next generation smartphone, the iPhone 6s, running the popular Geekbench 3 performance testing application. According to the screen capture, the next generation iPhone will feature 1 gigabyte of memory, and an A9 processor running at 2.0 gigahertz clock frequency.

If this is an accurate representation of the iPhone 6s, then some consumers might be disappointed by the relatively small amount of memory inside of the device. However, if the A9 CPU really is running at a whopping 2.0 gigahertz, then this chip may be poised to achieve eye-popping levels of performance.

How fast would a two gigahertz Apple A9 be?
The CPU cores inside of the Apple A8 run at 1.4 gigahertz, and deliver best-in-class performance in the Geekbench 3 test. With the A9, I expect that Apple has made some improvements to the underlying CPU core design in order to deliver more performance per clock cycle.

What's really interesting here, though, is that if this screen capture is legitimate, Apple is delivering a very large increase in clock speed over what it delivered with the A8. Assuming that the A9 is using an enhanced version of the CPU architecture inside of the A8, this likely points...