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Apple A10 Fusion

Apple A10 Fusion

The Apple A10 Fusion is a system on a chip (SoC) from Apple that is built into the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It integrates four 64 Bit cores that are divided in two clusters. Two high performance cores are clocked at up to 2.34 GHz and should be around 40% faster than the Apple A9 (according to Apple) and two low power cores (up to 1.1 GHz?). Up to now its unclear if all four cores can be used at once (that need only 1/5 th of the energy in some use cases). At the release of the iPhone 7 it looks like that IOS is only using two cores at a time and automatically switches between the two clusters. Therefore, apps are seeing only a dual core. The principle is similar to the first generation of ARMs big.LITTLE concept.

The integrated graphics card of the SoC will most likely stem from PowerVR (again) and perform 50% faster at 2/3 of the power consumption (according to Apple). 

All in all the chip includes 3.3 billion transistors, which is more than a current AMD Bristol Ridge (3.1) and Skylake Quad-Core (1.75)  X86 SoCs.

Sources: Apple Keynote, Ars Technica

SeriesApple Apple A-Series
CodenameAPL1021 Hurricane / Zephyr
Clock Rate2340 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 2
Transistor Count3300 Million
Manufacturing Technology16 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set
GPUApple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR (900 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date09/08/2016

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min: 49294     avg: 49329     median: 49329 (6%)     max: 49364 Points
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Reviews for the Apple A10 Fusion processor

Apple iPad 7 2019

Apple iPad 7 2019 Tablet Review: Small changes with a big impact?

The iPad 7 2019 is a soft upgrade on the iPad that Apple released last year. The new iPad sports a new screen format, iPadOS and support for accessories such as...
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 10.20" | 483 g
Apple iPod Touch 2019 (7th generation)

Apple iPod Touch 2019 Review: A music player for gamers

The iPod was an important milestone on Apple's road to success with iTunes, but now all but the iPod Touch have been removed from sale. The anachronism is now i...
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 4.00" | 88 g
Apple iPad 6 2018

Apple iPad 6 2018 Tablet Review

Now with Pencil support. Apple refreshes its iPad and equips the tablet with a new chip (SoC), and the Apple Pencil is now supported as well. This was reserved ...
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 9.70" | 469 g
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Smartphone Review

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Smartphone Review

The second one features better zooming. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is showing off with two main cameras and a powerful processor. All of this is sitting inside a w...
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 5.50" | 188 g
Apple iPhone 7 Smartphone Review

Apple iPhone 7 Smartphone Review

Now, it is also waterproof. The case of the new iPhone is now also protected against water and dust. There are also improvements in respect to the camera as wel...
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 4.70" | 138 g

Apple iPad 7 2019: Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, 10.20", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Apple iPad 7 2019

Apple iPad 6 2018: Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, 9.70", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Apple iPad 6 2018

Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7: Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, 4.70", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone 7

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Other CPUs of the series Apple A-Series

» Apple A17 Pro
   6x 2.11 GHz - 3.78 GHz
» Apple A16 Bionic
   6x 2.02 GHz - 3.46 GHz
» Apple A15 Bionic
   6x 2.02 GHz - 3.23 GHz
» Apple A12Z Bionic
   8x - 2.49 GHz
» Apple A12X Bionic
   8x - 2.49 GHz
» Apple A14 Bionic
   6x 1.8 GHz - 3.1 GHz
» Apple A13 Bionic
   6x - 2.66 GHz
» Apple A12 Bionic
   6x - 2.49 GHz
» Apple A11 Bionic
   6x - 2.39 GHz
» Apple A10X Fusion
   6x 2.39 GHz
» Apple A10 Fusion
   4x 2.34 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
   8x 1.8 GHz - 2.4 GHz
+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998)
   8x 2.45 GHz
+ UNISOC T750
   8x 1.8 GHz - 2 GHz
+ UNISOC Tangula T740
   8x 1.8 GHz - 1.8 GHz
+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
   8x 2.3 GHz
» Apple A10 Fusion
   4x 2.34 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
   8x 2.6 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 9611
   8x 1.7 GHz - 2.3 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 9610
   8x 1.7 GHz - 2.3 GHz
- HiSilicon Kirin 955
   8x 2.5 GHz
- HiSilicon Kirin 950
   8x 2.3 GHz