At yesterday's event (14), Apple presented its new A15 Bionic processor, which is the soul of the new lineup iPhone 13, and the world's fastest chip for smartphones, according to Apple. Despite having the same name, the A15 Bionic of the line iPhone 13 Pro it's even faster. With a 5-core GPU, it has up to 50% better graphics performance than any other smartphone processor, according to the company.

On its website, Apple says the reason its processors are so surprising is that they plan for the features they'll need years in advance. Citing the ProMotion screen example, the team that developed the processor perfectly understood the needs of the display's hardware and software, as well as the needs of the operating system and its team, and took all of these into account when creating this chip.


Change of this generation is incremental

Interestingly, this time Apple did not release direct comparisons between the A15 Bionic and its predecessor, the A14 Bionic, preferring to use a rival as a reference, more specifically, the Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm. Despite several new features, the A15 Bionic continues to be manufactured in the 5 nm process and with the 6-core CPU used in recent years, two for performance and two for efficiency.

That's enough to make the chip much faster than the competition, according to Apple, but there's that feeling that it could be even more powerful. As highlights the Anandtech, if the A14 was 40% faster than the Snapdragon 888, the difference in performance of Apple's new generation compared to its predecessor may be only 6%.

It can't be said that the new processors are a big improvement over the A14 Bionic in performance, but the blame for this is that Apple's processors already had excellent performance even in the last generation, and in practice, Apple made one even better. chip that was already great.

A15 Bionic / Image: Apple/Disclosure

If you allow me a comparison with football (worthy of Ted Lasso), Apple is not in a comfort zone, but playing on the counter-attack, waiting for the opposing team planted in defense, but still being deadly when it's with the ball. Even without a performance gain, the processor is a great evolution on other fronts.

The A15 Bionic has a 16-core Neural Engine that is capable of performing 15,8 trillion operations per second, and can perform complex machine learning calculations fundamental to artificial intelligence functions. With the new Neural Engine, the new iPhones will be able to use features such as Live Text and also Cinematic mode, in which the processor identifies who is looking at the camera and can adjust the depth.

Priority year was to increase energy efficiency

Without a big jump in speed over the previous model, the new A15 Bionic has another priority. You can see that Apple's focus on this new generation of processors is energy savings, rather than performance, which was already far superior to competitors.

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iPhone 13 Pro GPU has extra core

An interesting detail is that the A15 Bionic GPU of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini models has four cores, but the GPU of the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max models has one more core, with a total of five that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. The reason for this would be functions specific to this model, such as the ProRes resolution and the 120Hz refresh rate of the ProMotion screen.

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