Before it was even released iPhone 14rumors wanted the chip A16 Bionic intended for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to be based on 5nm technology rather than the slightly more advanced 4nm node. But they turned out to be false.
Apple calls the new chip “the fastest chip in a smartphone,” but many are wondering how much faster than the A15 Bionic found in the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Supposed Geekbench scores provide an answer to this.
iPhone 14 Pro 6.1″ and iPhone 14 Pro Max 6.7″ offer many new features, such as the Dynamic Island interface that uses i-cutout for notifications and activities, a new higher-resolution 48 MP camera and brighter displays with Always On mode.
The A16 Bionic chip has two performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, and Apple claims the CPU is up to 40% faster than competitor brands. It also features an accelerated 5-core GPU with 50% more memory bandwidth and a new 16-core Neural Engine that can perform approximately 17 trillion operations per second.
Instead of comparing it to the A15 Bionic chip, which continues to power the iPhone 14 6.1″ and iPhone 14 Plus 6.7″, Apple compared it to competing chips, claiming it offers more performance at a fraction of the power compared to competing SoCs.
Leaker ShrimpApplePro, however, today published Geekbench scores for the iPhone 14 Pro and the results they are not that impressive in terms of prime numbers.
The iPhone 14 Pro scored 1,879 in the single-core test and 4,664 in the multi-core test. For reference, the iPhone 13 Pro Max scored 1,734 and 4,818 points in the same test. Still, Samsung’s latest foldable flagship, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which is powered by Qualcomm’s premium Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC, scored 1,304 and 3,782 in the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively.
What’s fair to say is that the A15 Bionic is already ahead of the competition, so Apple didn’t really need to work that hard on the A16, and secondly, the iPhone 14 Pro’s test results are likely based on a pre-release unit, so there is probably room for improvement and the official models will probably perform better.
Apart from performance, however, a chip helps with other features as well. According to Apple, the A16 Bionic will enable all-day battery life and support computational photography functions.
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