The new Apple A16 chipset is only available for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max; the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus still uses the A15 from the previous year. How much do they lose out on? We can’t completely respond to that question now because the phones (with the exception of the Plus) will launch on September 16. However, a Geekbench score provides us a sneak peak at the solution.
The “iPhone 15,3”, also known as the iPhone 14 Pro Max, scored 1,879 on a single core and 4,664 on multi-core test. Typically, the iPhone 13 Pro Max receives 1,725 and 4,848.
That is a single-core increase of 9%, whereas the multi-core test actually saw a slight decline. And this is despite the performance cores’ max clock speed increasing from 3.23GHz to 3.46GHz.
Of course, because we’re just examining one outcome from the Apple A16 processor, it’s too soon to draw any conclusions. The new processor doesn’t sound that spectacular, though, if this outcome is any indication.
Having said that, the truth might not be too far off. Apple displayed this graph during the presentation, comparing the new A16 to the A13chipset from 2019, noting a 33.3% increase in CPU performance. That’s across three years, so the 9% increase from the previous year seems reasonable.
Performance is not everything; according to Apple, the 33.3% performance gain also results in a 20% power decrease. The node upgrades for the A16, A15, and A13 are 4nm, 5nm, and 7nm+ respectively.
It’s also important to note that Geekbench doesn’t test the GPU, so the A16 should also be an improvement there. Additionally, the A15 processor utilized in the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus has a 5-core GPU, the same as the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max (the 13 and 13 mini used a 4-core version).
One final thing, the iPhone 14 Pro Max still has 6GB of RAM (same as the 13 Pro Max).
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