Apple recently unveiled the A16 Bionic chip with the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Apple claims to have worked on the efficiency of the new iPhone chip. Despite the minor improvements, it is still the fastest chip ever in a smartphone, three generations ahead of the competition. A recently leaked benchmark shows the actual performance of the A16 Bionic. Let’s have a look.
The leaked AnTuTu scores are 978,147 for the iPhone 14 Pro, and the 14 Pro Max managed to score 972,936, which indicates an 18.8% improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
Last week, the GeekBench results of the model “iPhone 15,3,” which is the code name of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, revealed a minor improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro’s A15 Bionic. However, GeekBench is a CPU-intensive benchmark; hence, judging the A16 Bionic’s performance just on that is not justified.
AnTuTu is a platform that tests the performance of a smartphone based on CPU, GPU, memory, and UX. In short, it is an entire system benchmark. For instance, the CPU performance on the iPhone 14 Pro duo is nearly 17% better than the iPhone 13 Pro. Plus, the GPU performance is 28% better than the predecessor, thanks to the 50% more memory bandwidth.
The AnTuTu benchmark also revealed that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have 6GB RAM. The benchmark was also run on the specced-out iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, i.e., the 1TB storage variants.
The A16 Bionic on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is a decent upgrade, as the AnTuTu scores tell. While benchmarks can’t tell how capable a smartphone chip is, they have indeed come a long way. Still, the real-world performance of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will differ.
Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 scores 1,000,000+ in AnTuTu, higher than the A16 Bionic. However, the optimization and stability of the A16 Bionic and iOS are unmatched. In real life, this results in a better experience on the A16 Bionic or any other Apple Silicon.
The key takeaway is that benchmarks and chipset comparisons do not define the real-world performance of a smartphone. While the modern A16 Bionic is faster than the A15 Bionic, apps, and games can still not take advantage of all the power.