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 Bionic0 - 2.49 GHz8 / 8 Vortex, Tempest
Apple A12X Bionic compare0 - 2.49 GHz8 / 8 Vortex, Tempest
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


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Reviews for the Apple Apple A-Series A12Z Bionic processor

Apple iPad Pro 11 2020 (Apple A12Z Bionic GPU, 11.00")
» 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, 12.90")
» 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 A-Series

» Apple A12Z Bionic
   8x - 2.49 GHz
» Apple A12X Bionic
   8x - 2.49 GHz
» Apple A14 Bionic
» 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

» Apple A12Z Bionic
   8x - 2.49 GHz
- Apple A12X Bionic
   8x - 2.49 GHz
- Apple A14 Bionic
- HiSilicon Kirin 9000
   8x 2.05 GHz - 3.13 GHz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
   8x 1.8 GHz - 2.84 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
   8x 2.2 GHz - 2.9 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2020-03-18)