A15 Bionic vs A12 Bionic

We compared two 6-core processors: Apple A15 Bionic (with Apple GPU graphics) and A12 Bionic (Apple A12 Bionic GPU). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Apple A15 Bionic
  • Announced 3-years and 1-month later
  • Shows significantly better (up to 50%) AnTuTu 9 score – 791K vs 527K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • 30% higher CPU clock speed (3240 vs 2490 MHz)
  • Supports 25% higher memory bandwidth (42.7 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~7%)
  • Better instruction set architecture
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Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A15 Bionic +50%
791259
527967
CPU 208246 143402
GPU 322246 186891
Memory 131426 91638
UX 135941 107048
Total score 791259 527967

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A15 Bionic +54%
1725
1118
Multi-Core Score
A15 Bionic +65%
4785
2892
Image compression 224.8 Mpixels/s 132.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 43.1 images/s 14.5 images/s
Speech recognition 136.1 words/s 67.8 words/s
Machine learning 104.9 images/s 54.1 images/s
Camera shooting 49.3 images/s 14.6 images/s
HTML 5 5.64 Mnodes/s 3.27 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1270 Krows/s 745 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A15 Bionic +67%
8739
5237
Stability 79% 69%
Graphics test 52 FPS 31 FPS
Score 8739 5237

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of A15 Bionic and A12 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
Cores 6 6
Frequency 3240 MHz 2490 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.5-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 cache 32 MB 8 MB
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 15 billion 6.9 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Apple GPU Apple A12 Bionic GPU
GPU frequency 1200 MHz 1125 MHz
Execution units 5 32
Shading units 640 256
FLOPS - 560 Gigaflops
Vulkan version - 1.1
OpenCL version - 2.0
DirectX version - 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 4266 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus - 1x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 42.7 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Neural Engine Yes
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 2732 x 2048 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution - 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, Motion JPEG H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+ AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed - Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed - Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2021 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number APL1W07 APL1W81

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