On Tuesday (Sep. 14), Apple executives took to the stage to reveal its iPhone 13’s processor, the A15 Bionic, a chip with 15 billion transistors and new graphics and AI abilities. This new processor will power both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. So, what kind of performance can you expect from the Apple A15 Bionic processor? Here’s all that we know.
iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic Processor: How fast will it be?
The Cupertino-company has confirmed the A15 Bionic system-on-chip (SoC) will feature 15 billion transistors. It’s a slight increase from the 11.8 billion transistors found on the A14 Bionic processor. This means we’ll see a spike in performance on the iPhone 13 compared to the iPhone 12. According to Geekbench’s benchmark, the A15 Bionic SoC has a 55% higher performance than the previous-generation A14 Bionic SoC.
Interestingly, the A15 Bionic will use the same number of CPU cores as the A14: four energy-efficient cores and two high-performance cores. These improvements have paid off in terms of performance as the iPhone 13 is far more efficient and powerful than the iPhone 12.
Apple is also offering two different configurations of the A15 Bionic SoC when it comes to system graphics. The iPhone 13 will be equipped by 4 GPU cores, and the iPhone 13 Pro will have 5.
The new iPhone 13 Pro will be much faster when it comes to editing video and running games compared to the older models. Apple claims the iPhone 13 will give you the most powerful graphics performance that you can currently find in any smartphone.
Apple has also confirmed that the A15 Bionic will don a new 16-core Neural Engine that’s capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second. This will provide a boost for Siri and Live Text in Camera, thanks to the improved machine learning.
The A15 Bionic processor’s is an important milestone for Apple, not just for the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. The A15 will likely power next-gen iPads. One can also expect a more powerful variations in the new Macs.
Apple is currently in the middle of a two-year process of replacing Intel processors from its Macs. The company is ending its 15-year partnership with Intel, a move that marks a big shift in the semiconductor industry.
The iPhone maker is designing its own chips to use in its entire lineup of laptops and desktops. Apple CEO Tim Cook has frequently said that the company has a “long-term strategy of owning and controlling the primary technologies behind the products we make.”