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Apple's A11 Bionic SoC is kind of insane
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-09-13 16:40:52

With the iPhone X revealed, we really have to start talking about its processor and SoC - the A11 Bionic. It's a six-core chip with two high-power cores, four low-power cores, and this year, for the first time, includes an Apple-designed custom GPU. It also has what Apple calls a Neural Engine, designed to speed up tasks such as face recognition.

Apple already had a sizeable performance lead over competing chips from Qualcomm (what Android phones use) in single-core performance, and the A11 blasts past those in multicore performance, as well. Moreover, the A11 also performs better than quite a number of recent desktop Intel chips from the Core i5 and i7 range, which is a big deal.

For quite a few people it's really hard to grasp just how powerful these chips are - and to a certain extent, it feels like much of that power is wasted in an iPhone, which is mostly doing relatively mundane tasks anyway. Now that Apple is also buildings its own GPUs, it's not a stretch to imagine a number of mobile GPU makers feeling a bit... Uneasy.

At some point, these Apple Ax chips will find their way to something more sizable than phones and tablets.

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Performance
By zaxx386 on 2017-09-13 16:56:12
Source of the A11 compared against recent desktop chips is suspect at best.

It is a twitter table with no explanation for where the numbers come from, no references at all. It amazingly shows the Intel Core i7 just besting the Core i3 series. I think someone manufactured data to get attention.
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RE: Performance
By Thom_Holwerda on 2017-09-13 17:22:55
Nothing suspect about it. That's Jeff Atwood, and those are GeekBench numbers. you can look them up yourself.

https://browser.geekbench.com
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RE[2]: Performance
By leech on 2017-09-13 17:47:12
I always thought the problem when benchmarking hardware is that for fair comparisons you would also need to be running the same software. I mean you could have a hardware platform that could seduce women for you, but if the software running it would only work in polygamous communities, it wouldn't be very useful....
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Comment by Sidux
By Sidux on 2017-09-13 17:51:41
Rome was not built in a single day.
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But...
By shotsman on 2017-09-13 18:14:46
Apple don't innovate now do they?

OTOH, they are doing stuff with the ARM architecture and IOS Software that most others are still dreaming about.
Google is starting to take this seriously at last.

That close link between the H/W and OS is key to this.
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Expect ARM Powered Macbook
By vermaden on 2017-09-13 18:28:56
Apple will soon introduce ARM powered Macbook along with merging iOS and macOS into one single system, for iPhone, iPad, Macbook, iWatch and iEverything.
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Broken link
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-09-13 18:38:12
http://www.osnews.com/comments/t...

I think that should be

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2017...
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RE[2]: Performance
By Kochise on 2017-09-13 18:39:19
edit : (same as above)

Edited 2017-09-13 18:40 UTC
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RE[2]: Performance
By Licaon_Kter on 2017-09-13 18:53:04
Better link: https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/...

Now, if these are true, Qualcomm CEOs will flip some tables. :) :) :)

I love competition, better tech for Android in the end. ;)
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Comment by yoshi314@gmail.com
By yoshi314@gmail.com on 2017-09-13 20:11:55
apple is not going to compete on the market with their pricing, no matter what insane tech magic they whip out.

and i highly doubt they will license their tech to other companies. either they won't do it, or the licensing will drive the pricing to absurd levels.

if anything, this may either drive competition or create a market for top-end phones. that is, if people actually can handle the pricetag on this model.

Edited 2017-09-13 20:13 UTC
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