iPhone 13's A15 Bionic is even faster than Apple said it was

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What you need to know

  • AnandTech has conducted a detailed review of the iPhone 13's A15 Bionic chip.
  • Turns out the new processor is even faster than Apple claimed.
  • AT says the new chip is 62% faster than the competition, with huge efficiency and graphic performance gains.

New insight and analysis into the iPhone 13's A15 Bionic chip has revealed the processor beats the competition by even more than Apple first let on.

AnandTech's review of the A15 chip notes that whilst Apple's tone around the A15 painted a "rather conservative improvement" the results were "anything but that."

Following extensive tests, AT concluded that Apple's focus this year was on efficiency improvements, with efficiency cores seeing "massive gains" of +23-28% absolute performance, and that the processor is actually way better than Apple led us to believe:

Compared to the competition, the A15 isn't +50 faster as Apple claims, but rather +62% faster. While Apple's larger cores are more power hungry, they're still a lot more energy efficient. Granted, we are seeing a process node disparity in favour of Apple. The performance and efficiency of the A15 E-cores also put to shame the rest of the pack. The extremely competent performance of the 4 efficiency cores alongside the leading performance of the 2 big cores explain the significantly better multi-threaded performance than the 1+3+4 setups of the competition.

AnandTech described the GPU performance of the new A15 as "off the charts" thanks to a series of improvements stating "the A15 continues to cement Apple's dominance in mobile gaming" and that visual fidelity on iPhone was so much better than competing Android phones that benchmarking the two wasn't even fair to begin with.

In fact, the only criticism the review threw up was that Apple could have done even more with A15, which is limited by component design. Clearly Apple's new best iPhone is a big jump in performance over the A14 of the iPhone 12.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9