Apple iPhone XS A12 Bionic Clocked At 2.49GHz With 4GB RAM Benchmarks Leak, Fat Cache Updates Detailed

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Yesterday, Apple officially announced its A12 Bionic SoC, which is a 7nm chip built by TSMC. The processor powers the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR.

At the time, Apple didn’t provide much with regards to the A12 Bionic's hard numbers or specs other than to say that it has a 6-core CPU (with two high-performance cores that are 15 percent faster than the 10nm A11 Bionic) and a 4-core GPU (which is up to 50 percent faster compared to the outgoing chip). The A12 Bionic is also said to use 50 percent less power than its predecessor.

However, we’re now getting more detailed metrics about the A12 Bionic thanks to a Geekbench listing that popped up this week, which is labeled iPhone 11,6. At this point, we don’t know which of the new trio of iPhones this entry represents, but we see that it is now clocked at 2.49GHz, up slightly from the 2.39GHz on the A11 Bionic. We can also see that the amount of onboard RAM has increased from 3GB to 4GB. 

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With respect to its actual Geekbench scores, the results were a bit mixed. Compared to the iPhone 8 Plus, this unidentified iPhone scored over 500 points higher in the single-core benchmark, coming in 4813 versus 4307. On the multi-core front, however, the new iPhone came in behind the iPhone 8 Plus (also by a little over 500 points) with a score of 10266 versus 10800. 

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Geekbench is not always the best gauge of raw performance, to be candid but what is interesting here is that Apple has apparently beefed up the L1 Instruction and Data Cache complements in the A12 Bionic SoC (now 4x as large to be exact, at 128KB). This should definitely bolster things quite a bit with respect to latency in basic compute functions. Whatever the case, the A12 Bionic is going to be a performance beast considering that even Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Android flagships are no match for the year-old A11 Bionic. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers Qualcomm will be able to squeeze out of its own 7nm successor to the Snapdragon 845 that will power a whole new crop of 2019 Android flagships.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available for preorder on Friday morning priced from $999 and $1,099 respectively (64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities are available). The iPhone XR, however, will go up for preorder on October 19thand will be priced from $749 (64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities are available).