We are in the second half of 2020, and it means the new iPhones are closer than ever before. This year we will have the iPhone 12 and a lot is expected this time around, both in terms of hardware and design. Like every year, this year too we will see the New A-series Bionic chip and it will be called the A14 Bionic chip. Jason Cross from Macworld is making speculations that with the A14 chip, the performance of the A14 chip will be equivalent to that of the 15-inch Macbook Pro. We have an expected list of things for this new processor and here in this article, we will take a look at it all. How powerful is this upcoming processor and how does it fare against last year’s A13 Bionic chip, we will take a look at it all.
A14 Bionic vs A13 Bionic Comparison
The manufacturing process and SoC size:
Apple’s upcoming A14 Bionic chip will be based on TSMC’s new 5nm FinFET EUV manufacturing process. The 7nm A13 Bionic chip with its 98.5 mm square size had 8.5 billion transistors, while the new 5nm A14 chip will be capable of 15 billion transistors for a size of 100 mm square. The 5nm node means a 15% improvement in performance and 30% improvement in power efficiency.
There are speculations about hardware changes in the A14 chip as the A13 chip had the same structure as the A12. It was just the clock speed that was boosted. But with the A14 chip, they should not repeat the process as they usually bring about major hardware changes in a span of two years. One of the likely changes this time around would be the inclusion of a third high-performance core. Now we have 2 + 4 Hexa core setup with two high performance and rest power-efficient cores. But with the A14 we might see a 3 + 3 setup. If this happens, then the multi-core score of the A14 chip will hit 5000 points. This will be a huge achievement as any other smartphone SoC is only able to reach up to 3300 points as of now. With 5000 multi-core score, the performance will be equivalent to the 15-inch Macbook Pro.
Nowadays we use our phones for more than just a communication device. And the processors that Apple manufacturers for the iPhones also go to the iPad series. And many people use the iPad as a working material, something that enables to work on the go. This work includes video rendering, image processing, 3D rendering, illustrations, and much more. So the importance of having a peak performance in graphics is essential for the A-series processors from Apple. Apple knows it very well though and this time they are expected to improve the graphics performance of the A14 Bionic chip by 50% over the last year’s A13 Bionic chip.
AI performance improvement:
With the A14 chip, we can expect Apple to add cores to the Neural Engine of the chip. This will double the AI performance of the A14 chip over the year-old A13 chip. This will be welcome change though as the AI is the future of mobile devices.
Support for 5G:
This is actually more or less a confirmed change that we will see with the A14 Bionic chip. The Apple A13 Bionic chip uses the company’s own 4G chip, but with the other smartphones joining in on the 5G wagon, Apple won’t miss out this time around. They will most likely partner up with Qualcomm and use their X55 modem to enable 5G connectivity on the higher-end iPhone 12s.
So, just like every year, there will be quite a few changes in terms of CPU with the iPhones. But this time, we are hearing rumours about four iPhone 12s in total. Whether all of them will use the same chip, or the cheapest one will make some compromises? We will have to find this out later when the iPhone 12 series officially launches, probably in the month of September.