An alleged Geekbench screenshot of Apple’s upcoming A14 chip has surfaced showing massive performance improvements. The company is expected to use the A14 chip in its upcoming iPhone 12 and 2020 iPad Pro lineup.
The Geekbench listing shows the A14 chip with a frequency of 3090Mhz and having 6-cores. If true, this would be the first A-series chip from Apple and the first Arm chip to have a peak clock speed of 3GHz. It would also be a major step up in frequency from the 2.65GHz clock speed of the A13 Bionic chip found inside the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The faster clock speed alone should lead to notable performance improvements in both single and multi-core benchmarks. The improved performance could be needed for all the new AR features that Apple is seemingly planning to include on the iPhone 12 lineup this year.
The A12X Bionic chip from Apple, which is found inside the 2018 iPad Pro lineup, scores 1110 and 4568 in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core benchmark. This is an eight-core chip with the performance cores running at around 2.4GHz. The A14 Bionic absolutely annihilates the A12X in Geekbench and scores 1658 and 4612 in the single and multi-core benchmarks. If these numbers are anything to go by, the A14 Bionic will bring about a 50% performance uplift in single-core performance. There might not be a big difference in the multi-core scores of both chips but remember that the A14 Bionic is a 6-core processor and not an 8-core one like the A12X Bionic.
Apple is rumored to launch an Arm-based Mac later this year or in early 2021. With such a powerful chip, that now definitely seems possible, with Apple also having the headroom to increase the core count further for more performance. The A14 Bionic will be fabricated on TSMC’s 5nm node and will first make its debut inside the iPhone 12.