Apple’s A15 Bionic announcements undersells improvements over A14

Apple may be underselling the performance of its new A15 Bionic chip, with initial in-depth benchmarks and analysis of the iPhone 13 SoC pointing to it having considerable power compared to its rivals, and a hefty improvement on the A14.

During Apple’s iPhone 13 launch, the company promoted the A15 in an unusual way, namely by comparing it against its competition rather than previous generations. Apple mentioned the A15 Bionic was 50% faster than the leading rival chips, with 30% better graphical performance for the four-core GPU, 50% for the five-core, but not how much it improved on the A14 Bionic.An in-depth breakdown of the changes in the A15 by Anandtech reveals that there are considerable improvements in performance over the previous year’s SoC design. This starts with Apple’s use of two new CPU microarchitectures for its high-performance and high-efficiency CPU cores.

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