05 October 2018
Apple at its September 2018 event also gave an introduction to its latest chip which is based on 7nm process. The name of the chip is A12 Bionic and it comes with a better GPU and Neural Engine as well. Apple, on the stage, announced the chip as the "smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone.”
The Cupertino company claims it to be 50% faster than the A11. The new chipset announced during the iPhone XS and XS Max announcement. It also contains an 8-core Neural Engine that can handle 5 trillion operations per second. The camera is calibrated for AR and the chip also includes the upgraded gyro and accelerometer that help in sampling the motion data up to 8 times faster.
Talking in number, the Apple A12 has 6.9B transistors, 6 CPU cores, 4 GPU cores, 8 Neural cores; it can do 5 trillion operations per second and has 512GB addressable storage.
According to Apple, the A12 Bionic is able to do accurate motion tracking. The chip supports ISP and with the help of Neural Engine, the output of the images is even better. The ISP is responsible for real-time lighting and refining the images and Neural Engine for object reflections.
The processor contains a 64-bit dual-core processor that delivers up to two times faster performance than older models. Apple mostly focused on camera quality aspects while telling the power of its new A12 Bionic chip. Apple calls it the "new era of photography and video."
Well, technically, Apple's A12 Bionic chip isn't the first 7nm-based chip as Huawei has already introduced the Kirin 980 but this isn't going to be available until October. Thus, A12 Bionic chip becomes the first ever 7nm-based chip to reach the market.