We got our first look at the A14 processor that Apple plans to use in the iPhone 12 models this fall, when the company unveiled the iPad Air 4, powered by the new chip. And while Apple is happy to talk about the performance improvements that the A14 offers over the iPad powered by the A12 Bionic processor, we still don’t know how the A14 compares to last year’s A13 Bionic chip.
Leaked Antutu benchmarks, which are supposed to show the performance of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, may help fill in some of the gaps. MySmartPrice noticed leaked numbers claiming to show a device with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory with iOS 14.1.
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When the iPad Air 4 debuted this week, Apple promised a 40% upgrade over the A12 Bionic along with a 30% graphics boost. Profits are more modest compared to the A13 Bionic, at least based on leaked results from Antutu. The CPU score for the iPhone 12 Pro Max is 17% higher than that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, while the graphics are 4% better.
In its report on results, Antutu GSMArena speculates that Apple may prioritize battery depletion over performance with the A14, which may explain the moderate increase in CPU and GPU performance. It is also possible that this is a pre-production model that has not yet been optimized for final release.
GSMArena notes that the reported Antutu resort on the iPhone 12 Pro Max is shy of what is seen on Snapdragon 865 Plus phones, but adds that Antutu is not the best benchmark for comparing results across platforms – something Antutu admits.
The A14 Bionic is a 5-nanometer chipset that should increase the performance and energy efficiency of 7-nanometer processors such as the A12 and A13. We need to know specifically what performance improvements to expect after Apple introduces the iPhone 12 – this is likely to happen next month.