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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
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
Announcement Date09/12/2018

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 27400     avg: 27558.5     median: 27558.5 (35%)     max: 27717 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 2723     avg: 2860.5     median: 2860.5 (66%)     max: 2998 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 2952     avg: 2956.5     median: 2956.5 (67%)     max: 2961 Points
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 11244     avg: 11421     median: 11421 (32%)     max: 11598 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 603.1     avg: 606.1     median: 606.1 (1%)     max: 609.1 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 43114     avg: 43197     median: 43197 (89%)     max: 43280 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
486197 Points (100%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Apple Apple A-Series A12 Bionic processor

Apple iPhone Xr (Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 6.1")
» Apple iPhone Xr - External Review

Apple iPhone XS (Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 5.8")
» Apple iPhone XS Smartphone Review - Review
» Apple iPhone XS - External Review

Apple iPhone Xs Max (Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 6.5")
» Apple iPhone XS Max Smartphone Review - Review
» Apple iPhone Xs Max - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Apple Apple A-Series

» Apple Apple A-Series A12 Bionic
   0 GHz / 8 MB
» Apple Apple A-Series A11 Bionic
   0 GHz / 8 MB
» Apple Apple A-Series A10X Fusion
   2.39 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple Apple A-Series A10 Fusion
   2.34 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core m3 8100Y
   1.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Core i5 7Y57
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Core i5 7Y54
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Core i3 6157U
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 7100U
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
» Apple Apple A-Series A12 Bionic
   0 GHz / 8 MB
+ Apple Apple A-Series A11 Bionic
   0 GHz / 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i3 6100U
   2.3 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i3 4110M
   2.6 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core m3 7Y32
   1 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2018-09-13)