Apple announced its all-new flashy iPhone 13 series and iPad mini 6 earlier this week. Both the devices are powered by Apple’s latest (and greatest) A15 Bionic and even though the devices aren’t out yet, the devices have made an appearance at the Geekbench benchmark test. According to the benchmark results, the A15 Bionic chip inside the iPad mini 6 is downclocked to 2.9GHz, compared to 3.2GHz in all iPhone 13 models.
However, it doesn’t affect the iPad mini 6 a lot. The iPad mini 6 sees a 2-8% impact on the performance in comparison to iPhone 13 models. For reference, iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models showed up on Geekbench yesterday showcasing their powerful GPU and CPU cores. The new iPad mini has average single-core and multi-core scores of around 1,595 and 4,540, compared to average scores of around 1,730 and 4,660 for the iPhone 13 Pro.
In addition to the slightly underclocked processor, the new iPad Mini doesn’t support mmWave 5G, according to a report from Six Colors.
Even though users are unlikely to experience any differences in day-to-day performance, it’s unclear why Apple has downclocked the A15 chip in the iPad mini 6. Despite having an underclocked chip, the new iPad mini is up to 40% faster in single-core performance and up to 70% faster in multi-core performance compared to the previous-generation iPad mini with an A12 chip.
The new iPad mini is available to order right now. You can buy one using the link given above. All the iPhone 13 models will be available for pre-order later today. Here’s how you can pre-order the iPhone 13 using a one-click process.
Leaked iPhone 13 Pro benchmark reveals big jump in GPU performance
Apple unveiled its flashy iPhone 13 Pro earlier this week. At the time of unveiling, we reported that the A15 Bionic chip used in the normal iPhone 13 series and the iPhone 13 Pro series is different. The Pro models have an extra GPU core — probably for that 120Hz ProMotion display. Now, MacRumors has spotted the first Geekbench benchmark test of the iPhone 13 Pro, revealing its beast-y performance.
MacRumors says that in terms of GPU performance, the iPhone 13 Pro series boasts a significant performance increase compared to the prior-generation iPhone 12 Pro. “The iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone14,2, earned a Metal score of 14216, a 55 percent increase compared to the 9123 Metal score earned by the iPhone 12 Pro,” says MacRumors.
In a follow-up report, the publication posted the benchmark results of the standard iPhone 13 series showcasing its CPU and GPU performance. On the GPU side of things, the iPhone 13 scores 10608 in the Metal benchmark test. This is roughly 15% higher than the score for the A14 Bionic, though it loses to iPhone 13 Pro’s 14216 score of the Metal test. This might be due to an extra GPU core, but that’s only a guess right now.
On the CPU side of things, we see similar scores across regular and Pro iPhone 13 devices because they all feature the same 6-core CPU setup. The iPhone 13 series scores around 1725 in the single-core test whereas it scores around 4600 in the multi-core test. The benchmark scores represent roughly a 10% increase in single-core performance and an 18% increase in multi-core performance in comparison to that last year’s A14 Bionic.
These scores are mostly sourced from the reviewers who might have gotten hands-on with the iPhone 13 series before it makes its way into the market. The reviewers generally run a Geekbench benchmark test to showcase the new iPhone’s performance and the results are uploaded to Geekbench’s website which has been spotted by MacRumors.
The next-gen chip powering iPhone 13 series enters production in May
We’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about the iPhone 13 series lately, which includes upgraded camera hardware and a more fluid 120Hz panel to name a few. Now, a fresh report from DigiTimes (via Macrumors) claims that the next-gen chip powering the upcoming iPhone 13 series as well as iPads in the pipeline will enter production in May. Tentatively called the A15 Bionic, it will succeed the A14 Bionic that is at the heart of the iPhone 12 quartet.
“Apple has already booked the initial capacity of TSMC’s N4 for its new-generation Mac series, the sources indicated. Apple has also contracted TSMC to make its next-generation iPhone processor dubbed A15, built using the foundry’s N5 Plus or N5P process node, the sources said.
TSMC is expected to kick off production for Apple’s A15 Bionic chip that will power the upcoming iPhone 13 series by the end of May, the sources noted.”
As per the report, the Bionic A15 Bionic chip inside iPhone 13 series will be based on the 5nm process – specifically, the N5P or N5 Plus process and will be made by longtime Apple supplier TSMC. To recall, the A14 Bionic is also based on the 5nm process. However, at this point, it is unclear what improvements and the kind of performance gain the A15 Bionic will bring over its predecessor. And if Apple’s product strategy in the past few years is anything to go by, we might also see a slightly tweaked version with the name A15X or A15Z that will go inside the iPad lineup in the foreseeable future.
And in case you’re wondering about Apple sticking to the same 5nm fabrication process for its chips in 2021 as well, there is some good news. The DigiTimes report adds that Apple has already roped in TSMC for making 4nm-based chips for its in-house M-series silicon that will power the upcoming Macs in 2022. For the remainder of 2021, Apple is rumored to launch updated MacBooks and even an iMac powered by what leaks are calling the M1X processor.
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