The same company behind the iPhone 7 GPU could be used again to provide next iPhone 8 GPU.
Apple’s iPhone 7 GPU is based on Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR GT7600 architecture and the company plan to release the Series8XT family of GPUs as the next generation of the GT7600. This new GPU could be used to power the next iPhone 8 given it will replace the architecture for the PowerVR GT7600 which is ued in the iPhone 7.
The PowerVR XE range provides a range of scalable solutions with the right features for ultra-affordable phones, tablets, TVs and automotive infotainment units. With the new Series8XE family, we’re offering the most efficient GPUs ever designed that will enable even more accessible devices, longer battery life and better application support.
Early impressions of the Series8XT say that it is even faster than the previous generation GPU found in the iPhone 7, which is already pretty good. It is said to focus on addressing the overheating issues that the iPhone 7 experiences if running at peak for extended periods of time.
The new Series8XE family enables our silicon partners and OEMs to upgrade the feature set of mobile SoCs to OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan, therefore ensuring that these devices can support the latest applications and future advancements in APIs.
While Imagination didn’t specifically say the new GPU chip will be used in the iPhone 8, Apple has used the PowerVR technology in every iPhone to date. Apple also has a minority shareholding in Imagination so the chance of moving away from the chip is highly unlikely.
The enhanced Series8XE microarchitecture also helps us create GPU configurations that are up to 30 – 45% smaller versus competing solutions while maintaining the same fillrate.
While there is no release date set for the next generation chip, it could be introduced in late February at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This would gear it up perfectly to be used in the upcoming iPhone 8 development cycle.