With the introduction of the new iPhone 14 series handsets, it became clear that only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models will use the new A16 chip, and the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models will continue to use the company’s A15 Bionic chip from last year. Now the question arises in the mind that how much is the difference in efficiency between these 2 groups of engineers?
These handsets will be released on September 16 (of course, iPhone 14 Plus is an exception and will be released in October). Therefore, it is not possible to provide an exact answer to this question at the current stage. However, the list of Geekbench scores gives us a preview of the answer to this question.
iPhone 15,3, which is more precisely known as iPhone 14 Pro Max; In the Geekbench single-core and multi-core processing tests, it has scored 1879 and 4664, respectively. The scores of Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core processing tests are typically equal to 1725 and 4848.
These results indicate a 9% increase in the chip score in the single-core processing test and a slight decrease in the multi-core test score. The improvement of single-core processing performance is due to the increase in the processing frequency of high-efficiency cores from 3.23 to 3.46 GHz. Of course, the following results are related to the first benchmark test of Apple’s A16 chip; Therefore, it is still too early to draw any definitive conclusions. However, if we consider these results as a criterion for judgment; In this case, the performance of the new chip does not seem so impressive.
Geekbench benchmark test results for iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max
However, this issue is probably not far from the expectation. While holding the unveiling ceremony of the new iPhone models, Apple showed a graph showing that the CPU performance of the new A16 chip has improved by about 33.3% compared to the A13 model. Such progress has been achieved between 2019 and 2022, that is, within a period of 3 years. Therefore, the 9% performance growth of the A16 chip compared to last year’s model seems to be a plausible hypothesis.
However, it’s not all about performance. Apple claims a 33.3% increase in performance with a 20% reduction in power consumption. These achievements are due to the use of a more advanced process node to produce the new chip. It’s worth noting that Apple’s A15, A13, and A16 chips are manufactured using the upgraded 7nm (+7nm), 5nm, and 4nm processes, respectively.
Features of the A16 Bionic chip
It should also be noted that the Geekbench benchmark does not evaluate the performance of the GPU. The A16 chip has probably made improvements in this area as well. Also, the A15 chip used in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus has a 5-core graphics processor similar to the one used in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max phones (the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are equipped with a 4-core graphics processor).
The final point is that the iPhone 14 Pro Max is still equipped with 6 GB of RAM like the iPhone 13 Pro Max.