Apple's iPhone 6 May Have This Stunning Feature

There could be a secret lurking inside Apple's iPhone 6.

Jul 13, 2014 at 2:00PM

There's very little question that Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 will be the mother of all iPhone releases. Even with its 4-inch display, the prior-generation iPhone 5s has been selling like hotcakes, helping to drive Apple's stock price significantly up from the lows made in early 2013. With larger screens, along with a host of other goodies, the iPhone 6 models that hit the shelves are poised to do even better than the iPhone 5s did.

With that in mind, there's one secret potentially lurking inside the iPhone 6 that nobody's talking about. 

Apple, chips, and the user experience
Apple typically avoids the spec war, instead striving to make the proper technical choices subject to cost and technological constraints. This means that although Apple might not be able to list things like "octa core," its products offer class leading performance in the usage models that matter. This desire to maximize the user experience is precisely why Apple designs its own chips. 

One of the key features of the chips that Apple designs is top-shelf graphics performance. Not only does Apple typically splurge in using the latest and greatest graphics IP from Imagination Technologies (NASDAQOTH:IGNMF), but its software teams also typically do a superb job in maximizing the efficiency of its graphics drivers. In short, Apple not only uses the best chip technology available, but it also does everything it can to squeeze every last bit of performance out of it. 

So, what's this stunning feature?
As part of the next-generation iPhone and iPad products, Apple will almost surely equip them with a system-on-a-chip dubbed the A8. The big question is just what the A8 is going to look like. In a previous piece, I speculated that Apple could be using Imagination Technologies' PowerVR Series 6XT as the graphics processor in the A8. However, Apple may use the A8 as a launch vehicle for something relatively new. 

Indeed, Apple has been showing signs that it has built -- and continues to add to -- its in-house graphics processor design team for quite some time. Though the timing of the deployment of the first graphics processor designed by this team is uncertain, it could be as early as the A8. If so, Apple could gain a significant performance and power advantage over the off-the-shelf Imagination Technology designs (even if these GPU designs leverage Imagination IP, as implied by Imagination's February announcement vis-a-vis Apple).

Foolish bottom line
The Apple A8, like most of Apple's chips in recent history, is likely full of surprises. It wouldn't be a bit surprising to see Apple launch its very first custom graphics processor in this fall's A8. However, if Apple's custom graphics processor isn't quite ready for prime-time this fall, the PowerVR Series 6XT -- Imagination's latest graphics processor -- would still be quite potent implemented in a modern 20-nanometer manufacturing technology.

Leaked: Apple's next smart device (warning -- it may shock you)
Apple recently recruited a secret-development "dream team" to guarantee that its newest smart device was kept hidden from the public for as long as possible. But the secret is out, and some early viewers are even claiming that its everyday impact could trump the iPod, iPhone, and the iPad. In fact, ABI Research predicts that 485 million of these devices will be sold per year. But one small company makes this gadget possible. And its stock price has nearly unlimited room to run for early in-the-know investors. To be one of them, and to see Apple's newest smart gizmo, just click here!

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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