We know that the iPhone 11 will be the fastest iPhone yet. That’s just one of those things that happens each and every year, and we don’t expect 2019 to be any different, but just how fast will it be?
Macworld’s Jason Cross has been reading the tea leaves and trying to come up with answers to that question. While we don’t expect Apple, or supplier TSMC to move to a 5nm chip this year, the existing 7nm chip will move to a new EUV, or Extreme Ultraviolet lithography technology that will allow for circuitry increases of around 20% and a 10% increase in power efficiency.
Based on this, the belief is that we can expect a similar transmitter count to iPad Pro’s A12X when the A13 lands in September.
While I expect the A13 to have nearly the same transistor count as the A12X, I don’t think Apple will spend its transistor budget the same way; doubling up the high-power CPU cores from 2 to 4. Rather, I suspect Apple will continue to have two high-performance CPU cores and four energy-efficient cores, with an outside chance of increasing the high-performance core count from 2 to 3.
Apple will likely rely on some architectural tweaks and perhaps better peak clock speeds to increase CPU performance. After all, the company’s chips are already the fastest around, and it won’t take much to hold on to that crown.
But what does all that mean? The belief is that we can expect Geekbench single-core scores of around 5,200, which will beat some notebook computers, let alone phones. However, predicting multi-core performance is more difficult, although scores in the 16,000 range wouldn’t be unexpected.
If all of this is correct – and none of it seems unlikely – then we can expect this year’s iPhone to be a monster in the performance stakes – just like previous iPhones, really.
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