This is the Apple A14, the processor of the iPhone 12 released on board the new iPad Air
IPhones were expected (but little) and what arrived were watches and tablets. Apple held its ‘Time flies’ event on September 15, as planned, and we saw the new Apple Watch series 6, Apple Watch SE, 8th generation iPad and 6th generation iPad Air appear, and with the last one came a little surprise.
The new Apple tablet brought on board the processor destined to power the iPhone 12 before they are presented. It is not something new but it is unusual, and the Apple A14 appeared in the presentation Well, there wasn’t any kind of stage there. A powerful processor although perhaps a little less than expected that we will detail below.
5 nanometers and 6 cores
Apple has been getting used to the fact that its processors adopt the big.LITTLE structure when composing its internal distribution for several generations, and especially getting used to the six-core processors. The new Apple A14 repeats this configuration and offers us, with a 5 nanometer technology provided by TSMC, a structure with two high-performance cores and another four cores for less expensive processes and energy savings.
With this two-cluster setup, the Apple A14 has set foot on the market and we already have some figures offered by the company. We know, for example, that the CPU is capable of offering 16% more performance compared to Apple A13 of the last generation of iPhone. We also know that its new quad-core GPU manages to develop 8% to 9% more power than the GPU in the Apple A13. All this, as we say, in measurements of Apple itself.
Apple redesigns its neural engine, the one in charge of everything that has to do with machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence, and turns it into a 16-core chip capable of offer up to 11 performance TOPs. An even more significant figure if we compare it with those of its predecessors. For example, with the 5 TOPs of the Apple A12 or with the 6 TOPs of the Apple A13.
Employing this aforementioned 5-nanometer technology from TSMC, Apple designs a processor with 11.8 billion transistors, nearly 38% denser than the Apple A13, which would partly explain the increase in power although, on the contrary, the company did not speak about the energy capabilities of its processor. One of the weakest points of previous generations, by the way. We wait to see the 6th generation Apple iPad Air in operation to see that power first-hand and anticipate what is to come aboard the iPhone 12.