iPhone 8 specs: A11 Fusion chip to double high-performance cores

The specs for iPhone 8, which could turn out to be called iPhone X in the end, have been outed by an iOS 11 leak, and it'll speed thing up dramatically.

Apple's new iPhone will tout an A11 Fusion chip with a six-core processor, according to leaked iOS 11 Golden Master code dissected by 9to5Mac.

What does this mean? Importantly, it has four high-performance cores, which doubles the two power cores found in the four-core iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The other two cores in six-core iPhone 8 processor are high-efficiency cores. They're meant to run when your phone is idle. No need to waste iPhone 8 battery life if your phone is sitting idle on a table.

More iPhone 8 specs questions

Doubling the iPhone 8 processor's high-end cores is good news, but it doesn't tell us everything about Apple's new handset's performance.

How much faster will it be than the iPhone 1?

We still need to account for clock speed, RAM and graphics chip performance to determine if the A11 Fusion chip will be another 40% faster than the A10 Fusion chip (like we saw from the jump from the A9 chip).

Whatever number Apple touts, we fully expect the company to gleefully mention how much faster the iPhone 8 is vs the original iPhone 1 ten years ago. iPhone 7 Plus vs the iPhone 1 ended up being 120 times faster, so it'll be a bigger number than that.

We'll know the iPhone 8 release date, price and name on Tuesday, September 12, when Apple's live stream begins, and we'll be there reporting in person.