Apple has unveiled the chip that will feed its new 2019 iPhones: the A13 Bionic. And as you'd expect, the company doesn't waste time explaining that it is the most powerful silicon ever to beautify the inside of a smartphone – just like every year in the last three years.
"The A13 Bionic is the fastest CPU ever in a smartphone," Apple just said on stage and added that it also has "the fastest GPU in a smartphone." But it doesn't give much details about how a lot of even faster, for comparison only with these vague, non-labeled graphs:
But later in the presentation, Apple dropped some bombs – it says the A13 Bionic is also the most energy efficient the chip was once made with a maximum of 40 percent, so that the battery lasts up to four hours longer for the iPhone 11 Pro and up to five hours for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
That despite the fact that it has a record 8.5 billion transistors – and Apple says it also has the most machine learning (ML) performance.
How did Apple boast about previous chips for comparison? Let's take a short walk through the memory:
A12 Bionic (iPhone XS and XS Max, 2018)
The Apple-designed A12 Bionic, the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone, features the first 7-nanometer chip in a smartphone that delivers industry-leading performance in a more energy-efficient design. A12 Bionic has a six-core fusion architecture with two performance cores that are up to 15 percent faster, four efficiency cores that are up to 50 percent more efficient, a four-core GPU that is up to 50 percent faster, powerful Apple-designed Image Signal Processor (ISP), video encoder and more. A fast storage controller can deliver iPhone storage up to 512 GB. All this unlocks new experiences for games, photography, video editing and graphically intensive apps. Even with all this power, iPhone Xs offers 30 minutes longer than iPhone X and iPhone Xs Max offers one and a half hours longer than iPhone X, in between charging.
The next-generation Neural Engine is built for advanced machine learning in everything from photography to augmented reality. Thanks to a new design with eight cores, it can perform up to 5 trillion operations per second, compared to 600 billion in A11 Bionic. This makes new possibilities possible, such as faster surface detection for ARKit and new functions that use real-time machine learning. For the first time, the Neural Engine is open to Core ML, which allows developers to build apps that use this highly efficient machine learning machine. Core ML running on the A12 Bionic Neural Engine is up to nine times faster than on A11 Bionic, with only one tenth of the energy consumption.
A11 Bionic (iPhone X. and iPhone 8, 2017)
A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone, has a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion, with industry-leading performance and energy efficiency. A new, second-generation performance controller can use all six cores simultaneously and delivers up to 70 percent better performance for multi-threaded workloads, giving customers more power and lasting two hours longer than iPhone 7. A11 Bionic also integrates an Apple-designed GPU with a three-core design that delivers up to 30 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation. All this power makes incredible new machine learning, AR apps and immersive 3D games possible.
The new A11 Bionic neural motor is a dual-core design and performs up to 600 billion operations per second for real-time processing. A11 Bionic neural motor is designed for specific machine learning algorithms and enables Face ID, Animoji and other functions.
A10 Fusion (iPhone 7, 2016)
The new, custom-designed Apple A10 Fusion chip has a new architecture that makes these innovations possible, making it the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, while also allowing more time between charging with the longest battery life ever in an iPhone. The CPU of the A10 Fusion now has four cores, which seamlessly integrate two high-performance cores that work up to twice as fast as iPhone 6, and two high-efficiency cores that can work at only one fifth of the high-performance power cores. Graphics performance is also more powerful and works up to three times faster than iPhone 6 with only half the power, enabling a new level of gaming and professional apps.
Ask yourself: have previous new iPhones felt faster than their predecessors? Yes, but not much, and that is probably the same today. But that doesn't mean that this isn't Apple's fastest chip ever, and it's great to see the company continue to give us more processor space for computer tasks – especially if it's true that Apple's future Macs are on these ARM-based processors turning to.
For now we have only seen a short demo of a 3D game, Pascal's commitment, as proof that this new chip has traditional horsepower. Here is an earlier non-telephone trailer for that game:
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