This year, Apple has announced that only the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be getting the new A16 Bionic SoC, making them the true flagships. But how well do these new “flagship” level SoCs perform?
Well, it turns out that it is not a lot different from the slightly upgraded A15 Bionic SoCs of last year that the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus will be shipped with.
A leaked Geekbench score revealed that the latest iPhone 14 Pro Max scores marginally better than last year’s iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Geekbench picked up the iPhone 14 Pro Max as the iPhone15,3, posted a single-core score of 1,879 and a multi-core score of 4,664. The iPhone 13 Pro Max typically gets 1,725 and 4,848, respectively. It isn’t that big of a jump.
This is yet another reason why people might not want to upgrade to the iPhone 14 series this year, on the surface, at least.
That is +9% single-core and a slight decrease in the multi-core test. And this is with an increase in peak clock speed of the performance cores from 3.23GHz to 3.46GHz.
Of course, benchmark scores do not necessarily reflect how a processor and a device function in real life. But it does show us just how powerful a processor can be in certain types of tasks.
An interesting thing to note is that perhaps Apple was aware that the performance gains would seem relatively incremental and therefore chose not to disclose it. During the presentation, Apple showed a chart comparing the new A16 to 2019’s A13 chipset, saying that CPU performance is up 33.3%.
Comparing a new gen processor with an SoC over three years old is a little strange, especially considering how efficiently processors have become in the last two years, thanks to 6nm, 4nm, and even 3nm manufacturing nodes.
Apple claims that the 33.3% performance increase also comes with a 20% reduction in power. This also comes with node upgrades – 4nm for A16, 5nm for A15, and 7nm+ for A13.
Geekbench does not test the GPU, which might have taken a slight hit in multi-core results. However, we do need to keep in mind that the A15 Bionic from the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max use the same sort of 5-core GPU that the A16 Bionic gets, so there is a possibility that even in GPU performance, there might not be that big a difference.