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Apple A16 Bionic

Apple A16

The Apple A16 Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPhone 14 Pro (2022) models. It offers 6 cores divided in two performance cores (codename Everest, up to 3,46 GHz) and four power-efficiency cores (codename Sawtooth). According to Apple, the most improvements were made to the efficiency cores and the improved memory bandwidth (+50% thanks to LPDDR5). According to the die analysis from angstronomics, the e-core cluster still has the same 4 MB L2 cache, but the p-cores now offer 16 MB L2 cache. The SLC (System Level Cache) however seems to be reduced to 24 MB.

The Neural Engine still offers 16 cores and offers an increased performance of 17 TOPS (vs. 15.8 of the A15) for AI tasks. The integrated graphics engine still offers 5 cores and benefits mostly from the higher memory bandwidth. The new display engine supports adaptive refresh rates down to 1 Hz, the new always-on display, and improved anti-aliasing (for the dynamic island animations).

The CPU performance only shows small improvements to the last generation (Apple A15 Bionic). Still, the A16 is by far the fastest mobile CPU for smartphones and leaves e.g. the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 easily behind (in Geekbench 5.4 single- and multi-thread tests).

The chip is manufactured in the modern 4nm process at TSMC and integrates nearly 16 billion transistors (compared to the 15.8 billion of the A15 and 11.8 of the A14). Apple emphasized on efficiency and e.g. mentioned 20% power savings for the big performance cores and class-leading efficiency of the e-cores.

SeriesApple Apple A-Series
CodenameCrete
Clock Rate <=2460 MHz
Level 2 Cache20 MB
Level 3 Cache24 MB
Number of Cores / Threads6 / 6
Transistor Count16000 Million
Manufacturing Technology4 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set, Machine Learning Controller, 16-Core Neural Engine, Secure Enclave, Advanced Image Signal Processor
GPUApple A16 GPU 5-Core
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date09/07/2022

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1878     avg: 1882     median: 1882 (81%)     max: 1885 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 469.9     avg: 472.6     median: 472.6 (1%)     max: 475.3 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 55.7     avg: 56.2     median: 56.2 (1%)     max: 56.7 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 72024     avg: 73143     median: 73142.5 (76%)     max: 74261 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 288     avg: 290     median: 290 (77%)     max: 292 Points
Power Consumption - Geekbench 5.4 Power Consumption 150cd *
min: 3.5     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (16%)     max: 3.66 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
min: 0.776     avg: 0.8     median: 0.8 (2%)     max: 0.864 Watt
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- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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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

+ Apple M2
   8x 2.42 GHz - 3.48 GHz
+ Apple M1
   8x 2.06 GHz - 3.2 GHz
» Apple A16 Bionic
   6x - 2.46 GHz
- Apple A15 Bionic
   6x - 3.23 GHz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
   8x 2 GHz - 3.2 GHz
- MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
   8x 1.8 GHz - 3.2 GHz
- MediaTek Dimensity 9000
   8x 1.8 GHz - 3.05 GHz
- Apple A12Z Bionic
   8x - 2.49 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2022-09-15)