A15 Bionic vs A14 Bionic

We compared two 6-core processors: Apple A15 Bionic (with Apple GPU graphics) and A14 Bionic (Apple 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 1-year later
  • Shows better (up to 12%) AnTuTu 9 score – 808K vs 720K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A15 Bionic +12%
808910
720730
CPU 216265 185620
GPU 339795 285864
Memory 112472 111321
UX 133063 135642
Total score 808910 720730

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
1746
1601
Multi-Core Score
A15 Bionic +15%
4731
4119
Image compression - 174.85 Mpixels/s
Face detection - 33.7 images/s
Speech recognition - 95.65 words/s
Machine learning - 95.8 images/s
Camera shooting - 38.45 images/s
HTML 5 - 4.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite - 1060 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of A15 Bionic and A14 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 3.223 GHz – Avalanche
4x 1.82 GHz – Blizzard
2x 3.1 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
Cores 6 6
Frequency 3223 MHz 3100 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.5-A ARMv8.5-A
L2 cache 8 MB 8 MB
Process 5 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 15 billion 11.8 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Apple GPU Apple GPU
GPU frequency 1200 MHz -
Execution units 5 4
Shading units 640 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 4266 MHz -
Max bandwidth 42.7 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Neural Engine Neural Engine
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution - 2732 x 2048
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+ AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2021 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number APL1W07 APL1W01

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Total votes: 2132

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A14 Bionic and A15 Bionic, or ask any questions
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Aditya 19 November 2021 20:24
The 4 core gpu version on the a15 has about the same gpu performance as the gpu on the a14
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1+1=2 01 November 2021 04:26
This is testing the 5 core version of the a15 gpu. Which is only on the pro and pro max. If you were testing the normal 13 and 13 mini, then its safe to say that Qualcomm gpu would be better.
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David 04 November 2021 07:33
Wowo,Qualcomm 888 and 888+ Chips are the best heater in the winter, hope you feel warm all day!
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Andrew 04 October 2021 08:44
Damm just saw iPhone 13 pro benchmarks on YouTube (golden reviewer yt) Right now 12 Pro Max >13 pro max in gaming Maybe with updates on 13 may fix the throttling
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Chris 13 October 2021 22:46
It might just be lack of optimisation
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Guest User 8026 20 September 2021 13:53
It’s not released yet, where did they get the result?!!
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Guest User 8134 25 September 2021 19:28
I got the mini gen6. I instantly regret it. I want a more reliable chip than 2 Mhz more speed. And A10” display. Don’t believe the hype. Go for what you need vs. what is better. Very marginal differences here.
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nonenone 19 September 2021 20:38
Wait what about 50% better gpu thing? Fake?
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Boku 19 September 2021 21:46
Better than A12 or competition, but not than A14.
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UNKNOWN19 24 September 2021 12:41
They have told 50% faster from the leading competition not from bionic A14
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1+1=2 05 November 2021 23:49
UNKNOWN19, Its nowhere near 50% faster in reality its more like 1% faster gpu https://nanoreview.net/en/soc-compare/qualcomm-snapdragon-888-plus-vs-apple-a15-bionic
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Craig 19 September 2021 12:20
yet many iPhone users who buy the 13/13 Mini or Pro/Max will most likely be more than happy with the performance... how many Android users have most likely been irked by some sort of problem, most likely a much higher %.. Why can't people just accept on any side of the river people enjoy the product and that's good enough?
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Guest User 3518 19 September 2021 13:30
Most of android problems are found in midrange or below and they don't get the care and treatment of a flagship iPhone 13 series are apple highest end series(currently) so they will obviously have better care(most apple products are released as flagship so there won't be much errors) You want people to accept their sides and keep quiet but you are comparing apple error to android errors Pretty ironic (or I might have misread your last point) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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MrNiceGuy 22 September 2021 17:39
Guest User 3518, Well, I think Craig is right. There is most likely a larger proportion of dissatisfied Android users than Apple users. ALSO in the flagship segment and especially when it comes to performance. How many Apple users complain about that the performance is subpar? Furthermore, I also think that Craig is right that people should enjoy their products (as long as they are satisfied, right!?). That's my interpretation of his statement.
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Guest User 3518 23 September 2021 08:45
MrNiceGuy, Large proportion of android users are unsatisfied cause androids comes in all price range (There are more Android users too) And especially the mid-low Some Mid-low range phones comes with better specs with the sacrifice of build and other stuffs On the other hand apple usually release flagships and they are built excellent unlike those mid-low range androids And in flagship some apple users complain A lot of users believed that a13 GPU was better than A14 GPU Also some users complained about how a14 throttle For the last statement He stated that people should just enjoy their stuffs on their own But he also stated that androids comes with more error over apple This makes no sense and it feels ironic af
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MrNiceGuy 23 September 2021 17:23
Guest User 3518, My strong guess is still that when IPhone users are compared to the android flagship users (leaving out all users of android low/mid-rangers), that the proportion of dissatisfied users is larger for the flagship android users. Perhaps some think that A13 is better than A14 because of the thermal throttling. Nevertheless, compare the thermal throttling of the A14 with the SD888 or the Exynos counterpart. What are the results of such a comparison.... I believe you already know? More comparisons can be made, for example A13 in comparison with SD865 and Exynos 990. Sure the SD865 was a good SOC, but still the A13 beat it with a good margin. And the Exynos 990 was just simple trash. The statement: 'Apple users will most likely be more than happy with the performance', is most likely true. And especially when compared to the performance of the android flagship counterparts.
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Guest user 3518 27 September 2021 04:49
MrNiceGuy, Nah Most iphone user state android are bad at the same time they point towards midrange below Flagships android comes with superior build quality with better featured and has even proven in breakdowns For A14 vs 888 vs 2100 2100 is just bad So a14 vs 888 Both are great processor and can handle any apps easily But on higher demanding apps(genshin) a14 throttle faster than 888 And in some cases(legion phone) 888 outclass in genshin(source golden reviewer yt) For A13 vs 865(Exynos is bad here too) Paper scores are different as iOS is different from android (iOS is lighter) But on performance again (higher app genshin) 865 remain stable for more time over a13 And yeah A13 is better than A14 in gaming (GPU difference) (Genshin is the most demanding app right now and is better for benchmark ) Performance on android flagship are good and users also most likely never complain similar to iphone user It's just that midrange and below comes with problem and some iphone fanboys point that only
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Zzzz 07 October 2021 08:54
Guest user 3518, Why does all android fanboys take Golden reviewer as the proof of apple being bad? Because he says what you want to hear? Isn't it strange he always gets a different result than any other reviewer?
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Guest user 14 October 2021 14:44
Guest user 3518, Huh? Compare your 888 on m1 chip. It's basically the a14 with 8 cores gpu. It's running on arm? Ios is lighter? Don't dream. Ios system file has 16gb storage? Dont dream dude. Android is much more lighter. Ios runs everything on automatic and android on the other hand is customisable and fake ram!! Don't compare your Android devices to the king. Iphone is good at everything. android was just a stolen ios software dont dream.
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Ricardo 18 September 2021 05:44
Upgrades From A12 to A13 (great upgrade) A13 to A14 (great upgrade) A14 to A15 (basically the same sh*t)
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Jackson 08 October 2021 19:36
Yeah because they focused on other problems like battery life this year.
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Ryan 21 November 2021 00:51
Jackson, It's essentially the same thing though, the chips perform identically in that regard.
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Tobey 18 September 2021 01:30
"50% improvement" (what it was stated) A15 is just below 20% better than A14 Which won't differ in real-time usage
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Boku 18 September 2021 12:29
That's why they stated VS COMPETITION. They knew the jump this time is laughable
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George 18 September 2021 17:58
50% improvement above the cpu’s from the concurrent. Duh…
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DVL 18 September 2021 21:14
Boku, Laughable. Love to see you do better.
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Boku 17 September 2021 01:55
Why you keep reverting the A14 scores? Its 1605/4225
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Root 17 September 2021 10:40
It's median results posted by our users and moderators in last 7 days. So we recompute them every 2 days.
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Boku 17 September 2021 15:56
Root, Imo you have to keep the best achieved score. The lower scores which "drag" the benchmarks down can be because various reasons which DOESN'T reflect the capabilities of the chip itself.
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Son 17 September 2021 00:01
A13 to a14 =good ok perfect A14 to a15 = ?? Money $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ hight
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Boku 16 September 2021 15:01
Other stuff which I forgot to mention about the data. Few things to be fixed: 1. Both chips are running with LPDDR4X and not LPDDR5. 2. There is no L3 cache on A14/A15. Both are with 8MB L2 (big cores) 3. Instruction set for both is ARMv8.5-A. A14 is listed as ARMv8.4-A which is wrong. 4. Model number for the A15 is APL1W05 :)
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dxi 16 September 2021 15:19
Hi. 1. iPad Pro 11” 2020 uses LPDDR5, so the chip supports it. 2. Thanks, we will fix it. 3. Wiki says A14 has ARMv8.4 4. Thanks, we will fix it.
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Boku 16 September 2021 16:52
dxi, 1. You are mistaken. iPad Pro 11” 2020 is still on LPDDR4X. There is NO Apple device right now running on LPDDR5. 3. The A14 page was listed wrong. If you follow the quote from the source: https://reviews.llvm.org/rG6259fbd8b69531133d24b5367a6a2cd9b183ce48 you can see it's saying v8.5. I edited myself the Wiki so now it's right.
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Root 16 September 2021 17:00
Boku, 1. Yeah, you are right, we've made a mistake. 3. Our sources (not public) told us about v8.4, but looks like it's v8.5. So thanks you again, we will double-check and fix it)
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Boku 16 September 2021 14:29
@Maes Charles. Even there is not good. If you look here: browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/9855656 thats actually is better A14 score. They kinda put lower for some reason.
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James Charles 16 September 2021 13:24
The upgrade from A13 to A14 was excellent But the upgrade from A14 to A15 is not that great as before The only main upgrade is the multi core performance Other than that it's all practically the same
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Andrew 17 September 2021 12:00
Sadly in real world performance no difference even in speed.
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