Apple's A12 Bionic announced with some serious performance upgrades

Apple's A12 Bionic announced with some serious performance upgrades
Included inside the brand-new iPhone XS and XS Max is the company’s latest processor, the A12 Bionic. And, just as expected, it’s the smartest and most powerful processor to ever be included inside an iPhone, according to Apple. Also, it will be the first 7-nanometer chip to reach the market.

Building upon the progress Apple made with last year’s A11 Bionic, the new A12 chip once again includes a six-core CPU based on its own Fusion architecture. As was the case last year, the CPU features 2 high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. In the case of the former, these are simultaneously 15% faster and 40% more efficient. Likewise, the four efficiency cores now use just half the power previously required. Elsewhere, Apple has also made some huge advancements. 

Last year marked the first time Apple had made use of a custom-made GPU – the effort certainly paid off as the GPU has consistently outperformed rival chips. And this year, the company is back with some rather drastic improvements that result in a 50% increase in speed. This is possible thanks to the new custom-made four-core setup – last year’s made use of only three cores. 

In addition to this, the company has made some huge improvements to the dedicated neural engine. Specifically, the Silicon Valley-based giant has swapped out last year’s dual-core design for a drastically better eight-core setup. To put the performance gains into perspective, last year’s A11 Bionic was capable of processing 600 billion operations per second. With this year’s A12 Bionic, though, the neural processor will be capable of handling a staggering 5 trillion operations per second.

Completing the setup on Apple’s A12 Bionic is a much more powerful image signal processor that will result in significantly improved photography results. On an additional note, the increased efficiency is said to result in a battery life increase of 30 minutes on the iPhone XS when compared to the iPhone X. Likewise, the processor and larger battery on the iPhone XS Max will result in an extra 1 hour and 30 minutes of power.


source: Apple

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45 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

Cant wait to see the performance test

12. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The A11 last year was operating at 600 billion operations per second. But last year we saw some competition AI last year and this year were up to 4 trillion operations per second. I know the Pixel 2s AI processing last year was operating at 3 trillion operations per second. Now Apples current A12 is now at 5 trillion operations per second for it's AI. Pretty impressive. I wonder what the competition is going to come out with to combat Apples new AI?

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1158; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Kirin 980 is supposed to match that 5 trillion. I wouldn't be surprised if Google's new one in the Pixel 3 lineup will be higher still.

26. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I know, especially when they have that tensorflow AI processor that is suppose to be coming on a USB stick. Not to mention on a raspberry pi hat as well. So I am sure we will hear something about this in the near future.

27. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

In the long run all these updates are great for consumers.

44. Texpert

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Last year's kirin 970 npu was capable of 4 trillion OPs,this year's kirin uses 2 npus,so it's 2x the floating point performance of last year's chip.This means that the new kirin 980's npu is capable of 8 trillion OPs, or 3 trillion more than the a12's npu.

47. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 2013

Mind to share where u get the information of 4 trillion OPs for 970? From what i can found 970 NPU claims = 1.92tflops A11 neutral engine = 600 bilions OPs A12 neural engine = 5 trillion OPs 980 is 2x970 = ~ 3.84 tflops / (5 trillion OPs / watt from what they announce recently )

37. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

This is just a knotch in the timeline. Everyday there is improvements. Although this is impressive. I am excited for the next chip on the new snapdragon and so on. Though operating system differences will never have good comparison I am sure this 12 will zing

2. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Best chip in a phone got a noticeable improvement in power efficiency. Now I wanna see if they fixed the throttling issues of prior SoCs.

7. OneLove123

Posts: 792; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Best chip in what? Geekbench? How about antutu?

11. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Are you serious? Apple has been making the best SoCs in mobile since 2013. Where have you been?

15. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

BS they have. You get liars like yourself spreading lies all the time. What about the competition AI or NPUs last year was much greater than Apples AI. They were up to 4 trillion operations last year for AI. I know the Pixel 2s were at 3 trillion operations last year. That is 5 times faster than Apples A11. Then there is the GPU which the competition GPUs blow Apples A11 out of the water. The A11 overheats and throttles down too quickly to be actually useful. Then there is the stupid benchmarks that will compare Apples Metal to Androids OpenGL. But Apples Metal is closer to Vulkan graphics instead. So why not compare and use benchmarks that using Vulkan to Apples Metal.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Stfu Sgodell.

29. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

That all you can ever say, is stfu, because you know I am 100% right.

34. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

So you admit to being an alt account. Thanks and reported.

39. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

If all the chips were used on an iPhone the apple chip would blow them away. If on android the apple chip might not. But used on a Linux the bionic buy the bench test would do far better than snapdragon

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2250; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Supposedly it goes well beyond the 300,000 mark in Antutu according to a reliable tipster. We will have to see if true. If so, it would be the highest scoring device on Antutu.

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1158; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The Kirin 980 is rumored to top 350,000 so it's not like that would be anything special.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The “rumored”? So we’re going off rumors now? Come to think of it... didn’t they get caught cheating on benchmarks not too long ago?

24. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1158; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It'll be called "Performance Mode" now. Besides it's not like Apple has never done that.

31. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Links?

30. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2250; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That’s actually the exact score the tipster said of the A12. I just said easily passes 300,000 because that’s what was for sure known. But the person claimed a 350,000 score was made.

38. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That’s a software issue

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

All that power and nothing in the OS to really push it's limits. Split screen multitasking or pic in pic multitasking would have been a great addition for the Max...

6. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

What about AR games can any phone right runs AR games? Don’t think so Plus spilt screen multitasking aren’t useful.

28. drunkenjay

Posts: 1640; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

you play ar games? ar is fine but dont brag about ar games because that things useless.

33. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Very useless

35. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

But putting two apps side by side is useful?

40. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Are you serious? lol

42. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Having two apps side by side is very useful.

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