Apple A13 Bionic, the SoC of the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

With the presentation event of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, one of the superpowers in mobile computing is revealed for next year. After the renewed Huawei Kirin 990, the Apple A13 Bionic arrives is presented as the most powerful mobile chip in history.

This was stated by Tim Cook himself during the ‘by innovation only’ event, where he is ahead of the rest of the industry’s competitors, both in the traditional processing section and in terms of the graphic part.

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Apple A13 Bionic


The improvement figures may seem modest if we compare them against the performance jumps of other years. With a 20% improvement in terms of CPU and 25% in GPU according to the metrics of Apple, the new silicon continues to display performance jumps at a speed that keeps them well ahead of the rest of the established industry.

It is true that Qualcomm is still about to renew its proposal for 2020 – it will foreseeably do so in December – but its Snapdragon 855 – or the slightly improved Snapdragon 855 + – still has about six months to live. Regarding this, Apple It seems to have the lead for a good number of years, doubling its graphic performance.

Apple A13 Bionic, CPU and GPU


Apple affirms up to 20% improvement in processing speed in its two main cores, which would be up to 40% more efficient despite the repetition of the manufacturing process in 7 nanometers. The four cores for less demanding tasks also increase performance by 20%, and are now 25% more efficient.

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Similarly the Neural Engine, or eight-core tensor processor, of the Bionic A13 comes with 20% performance improvements along with 15% higher efficiencies. This is where the triple camera AI, Face ID, augmented reality applications and more services are performed Apple.

Apple A13 Bionic


Also in the CPU itself there are two machine learning accelerators or machine learning, with those who claim to perform matrix operations up to 6 times faster than the A12 Bionic.

Finally, in this SoC there is a controller for machine learning Core ML 3 which distributes the tasks between the CPU, the GPU and the Neural Engine in the most efficient way. It is the way in which developers can access the capabilities of machine learning of the Bionic A13.

As an additional point, Apple It includes some new U1 chips in its latest generation iPhone. Although it has not detailed all the capabilities, it is expected that they will be dedicated to positioning and searching for objects.

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