Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Sep 2017 16:40 UTC

With the iPhone X revealed, we really have to start talking about its processor and SoC - the A11 Bionic. It's a six-core chip with two high-power cores, four low-power cores, and this year, for the first time, includes an Apple-designed custom GPU. It also has what Apple calls a Neural Engine, designed to speed up tasks such as face recognition.

Apple already had a sizeable performance lead over competing chips from Qualcomm (what Android phones use) in single-core performance, and the A11 blasts past those in multicore performance, as well. Moreover, the A11 also performs better than quite a number of recent desktop Intel chips from the Core i5 and i7 range, which is a big deal.

For quite a few people it's really hard to grasp just how powerful these chips are - and to a certain extent, it feels like much of that power is wasted in an iPhone, which is mostly doing relatively mundane tasks anyway. Now that Apple is also buildings its own GPUs, it's not a stretch to imagine a number of mobile GPU makers feeling a bit... Uneasy.

At some point, these Apple Ax chips will find their way to something more sizable than phones and tablets.

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Smartphone could be your only PC
by fabrica64 on Thu 14th Sep 2017 14:03 UTC
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Real innovation would be Apple turning an iPhone into a full PC, using iOS on mobility and macOS with wireless display, mouse and keyboard in office.
Technically is quite simple and Apple has the capability to realize a good hybrid OS
Really surprised nobody is doing that.
Microsoft tried it but apparently nobody is interested in something that would potentially hurt PC/tables sales.

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Because the only way I'm going to pay $1000 for a phone, is if for another $400 in peripherals I can have it replace (completely) my $1500 laptop I use for development.

I would imagine some sort of clamshell dock device that I carry with a bigger screen, full keyboard, and a batterypack.

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The Atrix did it before that, and the Palm Folio as well (not a phone, though).

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