- Apple unveiled the iPhone 12s A14 Bionic chip in mid-September, revealing that the 5nm processor will also power the new iPad Air. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 12 series in the coming weeks.
- An early reference test indicates that the A14 Bionic will be noticeably faster than the A13 processor for the iPhone 11.
- The test indicates that the A14 Bionic will not match any processors Android vendors used for flagships and mid-range phones this year.
Apple held its regular press conference in mid-September, but there was nothing unusual about it. First of all, it was a virtual event streamed online due to the raging coronavirus pandemic. Most importantly, this mid-September event was not about the iPhone. Apple introduced new iPads, new watches and new subscription services at the show. Surprising was also Apple̵
That was the Samsung inside Isunivers who posted A14’s Geekbench 5 points online this weekend:
A14’s first Geekbench 5 results appeared, single-core 1583, multi-core 4198, still the king. pic.twitter.com/HXMgEfjSuW
– Isunivers (@UniverseIce) October 3, 2020
The results say that the tested device is iPad13.2, which runs iOS 14.0.1 on a six-core ARM processor clocked at 2.99 GHz and 4 GB RAM. The unit received 1583 in single-core tests and 4198 in multi-core tests.
These results make the A14 Bionic noticeably faster than its predecessors, including the A13 Bionic in the iPhone 11 series and the A12 Bionic from the iPhone XS. When Apple unveiled the A14, it compared the performance to the A12 version that powered the previous iPad Air generation. This allowed some experts to speculate on what the speed gain is in relation to the A13 Bionic.
These points surpass everything else in the industry by a significant margin. This is how the Galaxy S20 5G’s Snapdragon 865 processor works against the iPhone 11 in Geekbench 5 tests.
Pixel 4 makes it even worse than iPhone 11, with its Snapdragon 855 processor. It will not be a battle for the iPhone 12.
Pixel 5 shakes a piece that can surpass Pixel 4 slightly after optimizations. But medium-sized Snapdragon 765G-powered phones, such as the Pixel 5, OnePlus Nord and Motorola Edge, will be significantly slower than the iPhone 12 phones.
That said, it’s not just the processor speed that matters in real tests. Android handset manufacturers managed to compensate for the lack of power by increasing the amount of RAM on the flagship devices. The iPhone can load apps faster than Android phones, but extra RAM on Android devices has its advantages, so the phones can store more apps than the iPhone in memory.
Android vendors will only launch their first phones powered by 5 nm processors next year, when the Snapdragon 875 rolls out.
Apple is expected to announce the next virtual press conference soon, where the iPhone 12 series will be unveiled. Several rumors have it that Apple will hold its annual iPhone event on October 13 this year, at which time the company is likely to introduce the A14 Bionic and all the upgrades. As shown above, Apple already explained several of the A14 Bionic innovations that customers can expect.