Apple has unveiled a new mobile processor called the A11 Bionic. The company claims the A11 Bionic chip to be the most powerful processor ever to be implemented into a smartphone. Speaking of which, this mobile SoC will, of course, be featured on Apple’s recently announced iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip is a six-core processor that features two “performance” cores and four “high-efficiency” cores. When compared against the older A10 Fusion SoC, Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor has 25% better performance on its performance cores and also 70% greater performance on its high-efficiency cores.
Another interesting feature of the A11 Bionic processor is that it comes equipped with Apple’s new custom-designed GPU. Apple claims that the GPU on this SoC is 30% faster than that found on the older A10 Fusion Chip. That said, despite being more powerful, the new Apple-made GPU actually consumes less power compared to the GPU on the A10 – now that’s impressive.
The addition of Apple’s new GPU also means that the company’s newly announced iPhones will be a lot “smarter” at rapid computational tasks like machine learning and facial recognition. Another notable technology found inside the A11 Bionic Chip is an in-house built ISP, which according to Apple, boasts faster low-light focus, improved pixel processor, and the addition of a hardware multiband noise reduction.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see just how well Apple’s new six-core A11 Bionic SoC will stack up against Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 mobile processor. That aside, do check the other announcements that were made during Apple’s keynote here.