Items tagged with a12 bionic

The Arm-powered Mac – it’s an elusive hardware beast that has been rumored for around 4 years or so, with new reports resurfacing roughly every six months. It seems inevitable that Apple will ditch Intel as a processor supplier as it strives to bring more hardware design in-house, but it’s always been a question of “When?” Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo is now the latest to throw his hat in the ring with a prediction on initial availability for an Arm-powered Mac. According to Kuo, the first breakthrough device will land during the second half of 2021, which is more than a year away.  The motivation for Apple moving away from Intel processors is obvious... Read more...
One of the reasons why Fortnite continues to be so popular is because developer Epic Games is putting in a lot of man- and woman-hours updating the title, constantly adding new features and stomping out bugs nearly as quickly as they appear (there's a lesson here, Bethesda). That's the case with the latest update, which also introduces some performance enhancements on various devices. On select iPhones, for example, there is an option to run the game at 60 frames per second. The Fortnite version 6.31 patch apparently includes optimizations for Apple's burly A12 Bionic silicon, as found on the recently introduced iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. All three of those devices have the new... Read more...
When Apple announced the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max earlier this month, it made some bold claims about battery life for both flagship devices. Compared to the iPhone X, Apple said that the iPhone XS would last 30 minutes longer per charge. When it comes to the massive iPhone XS Max, the company said that runtimes would last an hour and a half longer. However, new testing by Tom's Guide suggests that Apple's numbers might be a bit of an exaggeration. The site ran both iPhone XS models through its usual Battery Test regimen, which includes web surfing at 150 nits brightness, disabling auto-brightness, and turning off True Tone. Additionally, all tests were performed... Read more...
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... Read more...
Time and again, we have seen Apple do more with less when it comes to its custom mobile processors for iPhone and iPad devices. The company's hardware products often trail the competition in specs, but lead or otherwise offer performance parity to the competition. A new leak suggests that will again be the case when Apple's A12 processor arrives. Prominent leaker Ice Universe claims to have some inside information on the A12 chip, including preliminary Geekbench scores. In a post on Weibo, he said the A12 scored 4,690 in Geekbench's single-core test, and 12,908 in the multi-core portion of the benchmark. The latter is particularly impressive, if it in fact holds true when the A12 ships. To put... Read more...