The Apple A8 is a 64-bit system on a chip (SoC) designed by Apple that first appeared in the iPhone 6 which launched in September. Apple stated that it has 25% more CPU performance and 50% more graphics performance while drawing only 50% of the power compared to its predecessor, the Apple A7. The A8 is manufactured on a 20 nm process by TSMC. Early benchmarking using the Geekbench application suggests that the processor is dual core, and has a frequency of 1.38 GHz. Today, TSMC and ARM jointly announced that their new 16nm processor has been completed and that the lower powered version of the processor will go into production sometime later this quarter. The full powered version of the processor will go into production sometime in 2015 and is likely to be used by Apple in next generation iDevices. Report updated at 6:15 am.