What you need to know
- Two of Apple's VPs have sat down with Engadget to talk about its new A14 chip.
- Tim Millet, Apple's Vice President of Platform Architecture, talks about how its architects approach chip design.
- Tom Boger, Apple's Senior Director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing, says the new chip may outperform the A12Z in the iPad Pro in some cases.
In a new interview with Engadget, Tim Millet, Apple's Vice President of Platform Architecture, and Tom Boger, Apple's Senior Director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing, discuss the company's new A14 processor and Apple's approach to designing its chips.
The A14 is Apple's first processor built on a 5-nanometer process, which has increased the transistors from 8.5 billion (A13 Bionic) all the way up to 11.8 billion.
Millet says that Apple's chip architects don't necessarily think about end-user features when building new a new processer, but that their work on improving core technologies are eventually realized when it gets into the hands of developers.
One of the big improvements in the A14 comes with the Neural Engine. The new processor is able to compute 11 trillion operations per second, a feat made possible by packing 16 cores into the engine.
Apple is expected to announce the release date of the new iPad AIr, which features its new A14 chip, at its "Hi, Speed" event tomorrow. Tim Cook and team are also expected to announce the new iPhone 12 lineup, which should also come equipped with the A14.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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