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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RE: Comment by leos
by Jonteponte7112 on Fri 15th Sep 2017 20:33 UTC in reply to "Comment by leos"
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How telling that you get no response to this comment on the Apple hatefest that is OSnews. What I don't understand is why everyone and their dog has been superhyped on VR for years when anyone with an interest in technology and half a brain understands that AR vill be a thing on mobile years before VR is going to.

Basically all the negative analysis of the new iPhones being completely "meh" have left out the AR story. Even going to great lenghts trying to make a case for all that power not really being needed in a mobile phone. They (meaning Android phones I guess) are apparently "good enough" as is.

Has the techworld gone mad?

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