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Apple A12Z Bionic

Apple A12Z Bionic

The Apple A12Z Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPad Pro 11 and 12.5-inch from 2020. It offers 8 cores divided in four performance cores and four power efficiency cores (up from the 6 cores in the A12 of the iPhone XS). The difference to the older Apple A12X Bionic in the iPad Pro 2018 models seems to be an additional GPU core. Regarding CPU Apple noted: "Enhanced thermal design means higher peak and longer sustained performance". More details were not published by Apple, so it may be even the same chip with an additional enabled GPU core. On the other hand, it could be also manufactured in an improved 7nm (EUV?) process and offer higher clock rates. As Apple states no performance improvements on the CPU side, we don't expect big gains. However, the A12X was a very fast ARM based SoC and currently there is no competitor in the Android space that should beat the performance.

The chip also includes the M12 Motion co-processor and a Neural Engine with 8 cores for up to 5 trillion operations per second (unverified, numbers from the A12X).

The Apple A12X included 10 billion transistors (A12 6.9 billion) and the A12Z should be therefore offer a similar amount. This makes it a quite big chip, especially compared to the Snapdragon 835 (3 Billion) or a Skylake desktop quad-core SoC (1.75 Billion).

SeriesApple Apple A-Series
CodenameVortex, Tempest
Series: Apple A-Series Vortex, Tempest
» Apple A12Z Bionic - 2490 MHz8 / 8
Apple A12X Bionic compare - 2490 MHz8 / 8
Clock Rate <=2490 MHz
Level 1 Cache2 MB
Level 2 Cache8 MB
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 8
Transistor Count10000 Million
Manufacturing Technology7 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set
GPUApple A12Z Bionic GPU
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date03/18/2020

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 40279     avg: 40289     median: 40289 (47%)     max: 40299 Points
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1117     avg: 1122     median: 1122 (69%)     max: 1127 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 645.9     avg: 646     median: 646.2 (1%)     max: 646.4 ms
AnTuTu v8 - UX
min: 77253     avg: 77589     median: 77588.5 (70%)     max: 77924 Points
AnTuTu v8 - MEM
min: 74998     avg: 92841     median: 92841 (76%)     max: 110684 Points
AnTuTu v8 - GPU
min: 373781     avg: 375589     median: 375589 (100%)     max: 377397 Points
AnTuTu v8 - CPU
min: 185841     avg: 186014     median: 186014 (99%)     max: 186186 Points
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
min: 712218     avg: 732032     median: 732032 (97%)     max: 751846 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Apple Apple A-Series A12Z Bionic processor

Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Apple A12Z Bionic GPU, 11")
» Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 Tablet Review – This is what an update should look like - Review
» Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 - External Review
» iPad Pro 11 2020: Apple now offers more for less money -
» Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020): The Magic Keyboard turns it into a notebook -

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 (Apple A12Z Bionic GPU, 12.9")
» Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) Review: Fine-tuning the Flagship - Review
» Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020 - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Apple Apple A-Series

Surrounding CPUs

- AMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU) R3 PRO 3300U
   2.1 GHz / 2 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Tiger Lake Pentium 7505
   2 GHz / 2.5 MB + 4 MB
- Intel Kaby Lake i7-7500U
   2.7 GHz / 0.5 MB + 4 MB
+ Apple Apple A-Series A12X Bionic
   0 GHz / 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i5 5350H
   3 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Kaby Lake i5-7300U
   2.6 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i3-8130U
   2.2 GHz / 1024 KB + 4096 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 940
   2.93 GHz / 1024 KB + 8192 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2020-03-18)