Lots of iPad, lots of views and a little chicha under the hood. Here’s how to describe it in a powerful article that Apple showed yesterday. And how those of Cupertinos have been leaving pearls for months on their new SoC and how the disruption of ARM CPU performance will change compared to the all-powerful X86.
After the rumors we have seen especially in 2020, the truth has become so scarce that everything tasted disappointing and good, especially with the immeasurable gain of 5 nm of TSMC.
Apple A14 Bionic, SoC non-standard Intel and AMD
Starting again as usual at Apple, when you introduced the new iPad, the strategy turned into a comparison of the new Apple A14 Bionic with the old A12, thus skipping the A13 and leaving the most staggering figures that did not show the actual giveaway.
Why not call the A13 and install it for comparison? Let’s get to the facts and understand the power of marketing yesterday. The funny thing is that instead of specifying which type of Cortex it is based on, Apple has left such details and limited itself to the fact that we are dealing with the configuration of 6 cores in 2 + 4.
The first figure we were given was the so-called 40% increase in performance compared to the A12, but here is the first issue posted on the Internet, + 40% on which? One string, Many strings? In a 2-core or 4-c ore configuration, or both?
The problem is that when we compare the data with A13 instead of A12, the lithographic leap is shown, 11.8 trillion transistors (+ 38% of the population) were left with nothing when we saw that progress could be made 16% if we take data as a lot of reading, that will be the norm.
The GPU does not increase in performance and all other areas have a lot of controversy
In the GPU category, the increase is even more bloody, which, although frequently accepted, is not consistent with lithographic jumps or expected improvements in architecture: 8% compared to its predecessor.
The new neural engine seems to be the only thing that can be rescued through this SOC, as it reaches 83%
Going forward, the fact is that the battery of this new IPad Air 2020 is 28.6 Wh, while the previous one includes 30.8 Wh, which leaves us with the result of the effective development of a 8%. The problem now is to see if this is due to a new screen, SoC or a combination of both.
In any case, many of us have left that presentation with more questions than solutions and with the feeling and thought: is all this Apple? After learning more about the A14 Bionic, the idea of leaving Intel for its Macbooks seems to be a far more serious mistake, especially when the blues step on the accelerator.