We are in the middle of April and there is still a long way to September, the month in which Apple usually presents its new iPhone. It is still much, but there are many rumors circulating around the network about future models next-gen Apple smartphone, the iPhone XI.
And one of the most widespread rumors about the iPhone XI suggests that the manufacture of its A13 chip will be based on a manufacturing process of 7 nanometers. A process that will allow the processor chip to be smaller and more powerful than ever.
Yesterday we were talking about what we expect from the iPad Pro line of 2019 and in this article we will discuss what we can expect from this year’s iPhone processor. We’ll unveil some of the performance features of the A13 chip that will be implemented on the 2019 iPhone XI.
How will the iPhone XI’s A13 chip be
Looking back on the past, compiling information on previous generation processors and extrapolating that data to TSMC manufacturing processes today, we can get a pretty clear picture of what to expect from the A13 chip on the iPhone XI. And it will certainly be the fastest and most powerful SoC processor in the history of the iPhone. But how powerful will it be?
As previously mentioned, the 2019 iPhone A13 processor will be exclusively manufactured by TSMC. A leading company in the chip manufacturing sector. But TSMC will not make the jump at 5 nanometers this year. Something that did happen last year with the passage of 10 nanometers at 7 nanometers. However, several sources say that TSMC prepares an improved version of its manufacturing process called N7 Pro.
This process will help Apple processors have a better density (about 20%) and 10% more efficiency.
It is still unclear whether TSMC’s “N7 Pro” process will be an enhanced version of the N7 or N7 + process, but we do know that Apple would want to have its A13 chips with the best possible technology on the market.
Last year, with the arrival of the chips A12, the Apple Bite company included the smallest chips manufactured to date on an iPhone. The A12 chips had a size of 83mm ² while chips from other generations between the A5 and A10 series mediate more than 120mm ². However, we cannot know whether this year the design of the A13 chip system architecture will allow the company to make it smaller or if they will need to increase its size.
CPU Core Performance
The A13 processor is likely to have almost the same characteristics as the A12 chip. But it’ll multiply the performance and power of your CPU by two. In fact, the most likely thing is to increase the number of CPU cores from 2 to 4.
On the other hand, the signature of the bite Apple is expected to continue with two high-performance cores and four high-energy-efficient cores as happened with the Apple A12 chips.
Currently, the performance of the processors of the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPad Pro third generation is higher than the competition. And it won’t cost Apple much to remain a leader in that regard. Just adding a couple of tweaks here and there.
The Geekbench 4 Benchmarks have been increasing over the years from the A8 chip to the Apple A12 chip. In addition, we can say that it will continue to increase performance with the future A13 processor of the iPhone XI of 2019. In theory, his score of an individual nucleus would reach about 5,200 points.
In terms of multi-core performance, scoring is slightly harder to predict. The improvement line shows how the performance has been increasing year after year, but in a much more irregular way. So Apple’s A13 chip is expected to have a multi-core score between 12,200 and 12,500 points.
Image processing and Neural Engine
The processor’s GPU will also have a slightly higher increment than previous-generation chips. Last year, Apple improved the Neural Engine of its iPhone XS. The A12 chip is capable of performing 5 trillion operations per second… imagine what will be able to do the A13 of 2019?