Apple A16 predictions: 15% faster CPU, 25-30% faster GPU, new LPDDR5 RAM support

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Tamsin Rodriguez25 July 2022Last Update : 3 weeks ago
Apple A16 predictions: 15% faster CPU, 25-30% faster GPU, new LPDDR5 RAM support

The upcoming iPhone 14 series is expected to be split into two camps – the Pro models will get the new Apple A16 chipset, better cameras and a different screen setup. The vanilla models will stick with the current A15 chip, 12MP cameras and a notch display.

The current iPhone 13 lineup already shows a slight split in terms of performance — the vanilla phones have 4-core GPUs, the Pros have 5-core GPUs. The vanilla models also have 4 GB of RAM, while the professional ones get 6 GB (both LPDDR4X).

The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are expected to get the 5-core GPU version of the A15 chipset plus more RAM – 6GB LPDDR4X – so they will have an advantage over the current models.


Predicted A16 Geekbench score: 5,700 multi-core

Predicted A16 Geekbench score: 2,000 single-core • 5,700 multi-core

But how fast will the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max be? Macworld trying to solve this question. The first thing to note is that the new A16 chips will be fabricated on TSMC’s N4P node, an iterative improvement over the N5P node used for the A15, but not a full generational jump.

The new A16 chip is expected to be bigger – 18-20 billion transistors, up from 15 billion. The company may also see some improvement by switching to ARMv9. ARM managed to deliver some gains with the Cortex-A715 and X3 cores, for example.

All in all, the CPU can deliver a modest 15% improvement in performance. Apple is expected to keep the same core configuration (2 large, 4 small).

The switch to faster RAM is also expected to provide a performance boost – DigiTimes reports that the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will use the new LPDDR5 type, which offers 50% more bandwidth than LPDDR4X and is more energy efficient to boot. However, both models will stick to 6 GB capacity.

Apple A16 predictions: 15% faster CPU, 25-30% faster GPU, new LPDDR5 RAM support

As for the GPU, the prediction is that Apple will stick with 5 cores to avoid making the chip too big or maybe go up to 6 cores. Regardless, the expectation is a 25-30% increase in GPU performance.

Predicted 3DMark scores for the Apple A16 chipset
Predicted 3DMark scores for the Apple A16 chipset

Predicted 3DMark scores for the Apple A16 chipset

Apple will also need to boost the ISP and machine learning hardware to handle the higher resolution – the 14 Pro series is rumored to make the jump to a 48MP camera and 8K video recording. This could also raise the resolution limit for Cinematic Mode from 1080p to 4K.

Finally, Apple is stuck with Qualcomm modems for the foreseeable future, so the A16 chipset will likely be paired with the Snapdragon X65. Whether the vanilla iPhone 14 phones will also get the new modem is unclear.

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