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Apple A12 Bionic

Apple A12 Bionic

The Apple A12 Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPhone Xs and Xr. It was announced late 2018 and offers 6 cores divided in 2 performance cores and four power efficiency cores. Compared to the previous A11 Bionic, the A12 should offer a 15% improved CPU performance for the performance cores and a 50% lower power consumption for the efficiency cores (both according to Apple).

The chip also includes a new GPU that is advertised as 50% faster, the M12 Motion co-processor and a Neural Engine with 8 cores for up to 5 trillion operations per second.

With 6.9 billion transistors, the A12 Bionic is a big chip especially compared to the Snapdragon 835 (3 Billion) or a Skylake desktop quad-core Soc (1.75 Billion). Compared to the A11, the A12 integrates 60% more transistors.

SeriesApple Apple A-Series

Series: Apple A-Series

Apple A15 Bionic compare0 - 3.23 GHz6 / 632 MB
» Apple A12 Bionic0 - 2.49 GHz6 / 6
Clock Rate <=2490 MHz
Level 1 Cache256 KB
Level 2 Cache8 MB
Number of Cores / Threads6 / 6
Transistor Count6900 Million
Manufacturing Technology7 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set
GPUApple A12 Bionic GPU
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date09/12/2018

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Reviews for the Apple A12 Bionic processor

Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Rejuvenation of the lower-priced Apple tablet

Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Rejuvenation of the lower-priced Apple tablet

The new iPad and the old iPad come with very similar specifications sheets. The 2020 model has a new SoC and a smaller carbon footprint.
Apple A12 Bionic | Apple A12 Bionic GPU | 10.20" | 495 g
Apple iPad Mini 5 2019

Apple iPad mini 5 Tablet Review

The 5th generation iPad mini combines a well-known design with modern hardware. In addition to a Retina display with True Tone technology it also supports the A...
Apple A12 Bionic | Apple A12 Bionic GPU | 7.90" | 300 g
Apple iPad Air (2019) Tablet Review

Apple iPad Air (2019) Tablet Review

This year, Apple has revived a product label that was already thought dead and has fit some new hardware into an old case. The newly created tablet positions it...
Apple A12 Bionic | Apple A12 Bionic GPU | 10.50" | 456 g
Apple iPhone XR Smartphone Review

Apple iPhone XR Smartphone Review

Apple positions the iPhone XR between the two XS models’ size-wise but equips the device with a lower resolution LCD display and only a single rear-facing camer...
Apple A12 Bionic | Apple A12 Bionic GPU | 6.10" | 194 g
Apple iPhone XS Smartphone Review

Apple iPhone XS Smartphone Review

Apple has stuck with its “S” nomenclature even after its anniversary iPhone and has consequently followed the iPhone X with the iPhone XS. As with previous “S” ...
Apple A12 Bionic | Apple A12 Bionic GPU | 5.80" | 177 g

Apple iPhone Xs Max: Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 6.50", 0.2 kg
  Review » Apple iPhone XS Max Smartphone Review

Apple iPad 10.2 2020: Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 10.20", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Apple iPad 10.2 2020

Apple iPad Air 3 2019: Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 10.50", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Apple iPad Air 2019

Apple iPad Mini 5: Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 7.90", 0.3 kg
  External Review » Apple iPad Mini 5

Apple iPhone Xs Max: Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 6.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone Xs Max

Apple iPhone XS: Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 5.80", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XR: Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 6.10", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone Xr

Apple iPad 10.2 2020: Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 10.20", 0.5 kg
   » Opinion: This is why the Apple iPad 10.2 is a sustainable product

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Other CPUs of the series Apple A-Series

» Apple A16 Bionic
   6x - 2.46 GHz
» Apple A15 Bionic
   6x - 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 865
   8x 2.42 GHz - 2.84 GHz
+ MediaTek Dimensity 1300
   8x 2 GHz - 3 GHz
+ MediaTek Dimensity 8100
   8x 2 GHz - 2.85 GHz
+ MediaTek Dimensity 1200
   8x 2 GHz - 3 GHz
+ MediaTek Kompanio 1300T
   8x 2 GHz - 2.6 GHz
» Apple A12 Bionic
   6x - 2.49 GHz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G
   8x 1.9 GHz - 2.4 GHz
- Google Tensor G2
   8x 1.8 GHz - 2.85 GHz
- Google Tensor
   8x 1.8 GHz - 2.8 GHz
- HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
   8x - 2.86 GHz
- HiSilicon Kirin 990
   8x - 2.86 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2018-09-13)