Last Tuesday with the presentation of iPhone 12, and a few weeks ago with the iPad Air, The A14 Bionic chip has become responsible for the performance of the latest Apple devices (with permission from the increasingly imminent Apple Silicon). And this, of course, causes them to be under the microscope, and that the first units that are reaching the users’ reach are tested to make an assessment of their performance. And, of course, compare it with other integrated devices and devices.
The normal thing, in these cases, is to compare different integrated, although when a circumstance like the one I mentioned before occurs, the concurrence in a short time of two devices with the same chip, it also makes sense to compare them with each other. And the logical thing, of course, would be that the performance of the same, under similar conditions, was identical. Surprisingly, as we know today por GSMArena, he A14 Bionic does not show the same performance on an iPad Air as on an iPhone 12.
This is extracted from results published in AnTuTu, in which the A14 Bionic offers better performance in the new generation tablet than in the smartphone presented on Tuesday. And when in doubt, both the iPhone 12 and the iPad Air (2020) that were tested they have 4GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, so memory shouldn’t have affected the results. Both displays also operate at 60 hertz. In other words, there are no hardware differences to justify that difference.
In the past we have seen different versions of Apple’s chipsets used in iPad Pros, for example the A12X had two extra large cores and a more robust GPU. But as far as we know this is not the case with the new Air and iPhone 12 seriesBoth use the standard Apple A14 Bionic chipset. There’s an Apple A14X on the way, but that chip is intended for newer MacBooks. Therefore, AnTuTu’s scores suggest that the iPhone 12 chipset is slowing down.
However, What is the reason of that? Why does a manufacturer design a Soc like the A14 Bionic in order to subsequently reduce its performance in some of the devices in which it is mounted? Maybe because of heat problems? Of consumption? Any last minute design problem? I can’t think of many other reasons, really, so I’d really like to know your opinion? Why do you think Apple may have penalized the performance of the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12? What explanation do you see?