Apple A11 Bionic, the mobile processor that has destroyed its competition


The processors market is really curious because all competition starts from the same common point: ARM designs. However, from that same point, and taking different paths, they reach as disparate places as reflect the power tests of each other. Qualcomm, , MediaTek and of course Apple, with its latest chip has it all upside down

We knew practically everything about the 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. So aggressive were the leaks that on stage were being confirmed one after another, without exception. At least until the section on the new generation processor of Tim Cook's boys arrived. The Apple A11 Bionic shone and shattered its competition. Apple took advantage of then to remove chest and, seen the results, deservedly.

The most powerful processor in Apple's history

Unfortunately, we still do not know the clock speed but Apple was responsible for giving some figures during his presentation. General and compared to the Apple A10 Fusion last year, but will serve us for now until a more detailed analysis of the processor is received. Apple stated, among other things, that Monsoons are 25% more powerful than the Apple Hurricane A10 or that the Mistral outnumbered Zephyrs by 70%.

Although perhaps the most important performance data came when Apple claimed that the Bionic A11 was able to yield to the same power as the Apple A10 Fusion but with only half the power deducted so at full power it left quite a bit behind its own processor. To the chip currently arriving inside the iPhone 7 series, both the normal and the Plus.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning were present at the presentation of the Apple A11 Bionic

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Specifically, the Apple A11 Bionic is capable of running 30% faster than the Apple A10 Fusion and includes enhancement in ISP, reducing noise in low light shots or improving focus on these situations. The evolution also comes in video and in fact the new iPhone are capable of capturing images at 60fps in 4K and at 240fps in FullHD. Double the performance of the Apple A10.

Artificial intelligence arrives at the Apple A11 Bionic thanks to what Apple calls a neural motor

Apple also emphasized the incorporation of neural networks to its chip . In the fashion of artificial intelligence, both Qualcomm and Huawei are incorporating specialized hardware to their processors, and Apple has followed the same path. Using this neural processing to improve Face ID, to better detect the faces in the videos and to evolve the gross performance of the processor.

The Apple A11 Bionic, as shown by Apple during its presentation, is able to execute 600,000 million operations per second thanks, in part, to its 4.3 million transistors but on its neural motor . Without a doubt, a processor that is all a heavyweight but whose performance was reflected before even its debut in society. And it did it thanks to a direct leak from Geekbench.

And then came Geekbench

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According to Geekbench, the Apple A11 Bionic has been able to obtain 4,061 points in performance testing for a single core, reaching the 9,959 points in the multi-core test . To put ourselves in context we can observe the last chips of the market render aboard their respective phones, such as the Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895, as there is still possibilities to test what the Kirin 970 is capable that has not yet arrived on board Huawei Mate 10.

Double mononuclear power, 50% extra multi-core power, so is the Aion Bionic against its competition

Also according to Geekbench, the Galaxy S8 has obtained 1,965 / 6,495 with an Exynos 8895 while the Xiaomi Mi 6 has achieved 1,900 / 5,989 points with the Snapdragon 835 . That means that the processor that Apple has mounted inside its new iPhone achieves twice as much power as its monocore competition and more than 50% extra multi-core. As we said, a martial stroll in front of your competition.







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There is no doubt that this Apple A11 Bionic is going to bring a lot of joy to Apple and possibly get the next generation of Qualcomm and Exynos chips to put their batteries like never before to overcome the current generation. But the most curious thing is, undoubtedly, that this performance has been obtained on the same common basis: ARM. Further proof of how far you can go by customizing the to the extreme. It will be interesting to see the war of chips of 2018.

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