The recently announced iPad Air 4 is the first Apple device to come with the new A14 Bionic chip, which is also expected to be part of the iPhone 12 and a new Apple TV. While these devices are not yet available, someone this week shared a Geekbench reference result for the iPad Air 4, which gives us a closer look at the performance of the A14 chip.
The Geekbench test was first observed by Twitter user Ice Universe, and was performed on an iPad Air 4 running iOS 14.0.1. The Geekbench score reports 1583 for single-core and 4198 for multi-core, compared to 1112 for single-core and 2832 for multi-core of the A12 Bionic chip that powers the previous iPad Air 3.
This means that the A14 chip has 42% better performance than the A1
These numbers give us a better overview of the performance of the iPhone 12 compared to the iPhone 11, which does not seem to be a big improvement, but it keeps the iPhone as the most powerful smartphone on the market. It is also worth mentioning that Apple can offer the iPhone 12 with a slightly different variant of the A14 chip more powerful than the one used on the iPad Air 4, as the Geekbench result shows 4 GB of RAM and some rumors point out that the iPhone 12 will have 6 GB RAM.
If we compare it with the A12Z chip from 2020 iPad Pro, the A14 Bionic chip performs better in single-core, with the A12Z achieving a 1119 score. However, the multi-core score of the A12Z chip is higher since the iPad Pros CPU has 8 cores, while the A14 chip found on the iPad Air 4 has only 6. In other words, the A14 chip is 41% faster than the A12Z chip. in single-core, but almost 10% slower in multi-core. A future A14X or A14Z chip will definitely perform better than the A12Z Bionic chip.
In a related note, Apple leaker known as Fudge today shared on Twitter some details about Apple’s strategy to increase Apple Arcade. According to Fudge, the company is working with developers to bring more games that compete with games at the console level. The leak also mentioned that Apple has been working on new, more powerful Apple TV models with the A12Z chip and the A14X chip, as well as a new game controller.
Earlier this year, 9to5Mac heard from a source that Apple is working on a new Apple TV with the A14 chip (or one of the variants) with at least 6 GB of RAM. Our source also told us that Apple aimed to offer more graphics performance to compete with consoles, which has now been confirmed by Fudge. Unfortunately, a Bloomberg The report claims that we may not see this new Apple TV until 2021.
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