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Apple A12 Bionic Benchmark Review, Specs & Phones

Apple introduced the Apple A12 Bionic as a wonderful chip that will power its next generation devices. At the launch of this Bionic chip in late 2018, Apple presented to us the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and 2019 versions of the iPad Air and iPad Mini.

Comparisons immediately started rolling on the Snapdragon 855 chipset and Apple A12 Bionic in the iPhones. It’s worthy to note that SD855 scored 3,552 (single-core) points and 11,196 (multi-core) points on Geekbench 4 benchmark tests.

On the other hand, the Apple iPhone XS powered by the A12 Bionic clocked 4,701 (single-core) and 11,420 (multi-core) in multi-core on the same benchmark test, beating the SD855.

Process Technology (nm)

The A12 chip is manufactured by Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC in a 7nm FinFET process, and it is said to contain 6.9 billion transistors.The die size of the A12 is 83.27 mm2 which is 5% smaller than the A11.

It is manufactured in a package on package (PoP) together with 4gb of LPDDR4X memory in the iPhone XS and XS Max and 3 GB of LPDDR4X memory in the iPhone XR.

Apple A12 Bionic Processor

Apple A12 Bionic

The A12 only shows a slightly increased performance and not too significant one when compared to the A11 Bionic. Noticeable about it is that the app launches are a bit faster owing to its smart computational system.

The A12 has Six cores divided in Two performance cores and Four power efficiency cores. When Compared to the previous A11, Apple says the A12 should offer a 15% improved CPU performance for the performance cores and a 50% lower power consumption for the efficiency cores.

Apple A12 Bionic Graphics

The A12 integrates Apple’s designed four-core graphics processing unit (GPU) which offers 50% faster graphics performance than the A11. It also includes a dedicated Neural Network hardware that Apple calls a “Next-generation Neural Engine.” This neural network hardware is composed of eight cores and can perform up to 5 trillion 8-bit operations per second.

Unlike the A11’s Neural Engine, some third party apps can access the A12’s Neural Engine. Apple calls the Neural Network hardware a “Next-generation Neural Engine.”

According to Apple, Neural Engine was designed for real-time and advanced machine learning. That means iPhone XS can recognize patterns, make predictions, and learn from experience, similar to the way humans do.


The chip also features an enhanced image signal processor ISP which reflects a refined depth engine, and can capture extraordinary detail in Portrait modes. Also with Smart HDR, there’s improved greater dynamic range in photos.

Coupled with a high range of functions, Apple has offered a little exciting feature in the A12 chip. With its TrueDepth camera, more than 50 facial muscles can be tracked to make Memoji that move and react like you.

Benchmarks (AnTuTu)

Over at AnTuTu, specifically on the version 7, the chip reaches a low of 349335, avg of 351035, median of 355102 and max points of 372152.

Apple A12 Bionic Phones

• Apple iPhone XS
• Apple iPhone XS Max
• Apple iPhone XR

Apple A12 Bionic Full Specifications

Chipset Details

Series A
Codenames A12
Announced 2018
Released 2018
Number Of Cores 8-Cores
Clock Speed 2490MHz
Process Technology 7nm
CPU Octa-core 2.49GHz
Cores 8-Cores
Bit Architecture 64-bit
GPU (Graphics) Apple A12 Bionic GPU
GPU (Cores) 2-Cores
GPU (Frequency) 770MHz
Memory Speed 2133MHz
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