A16 Bionic vs A15 Bionic

We compared two 6-core processors: Apple A16 Bionic (with Apple GPU graphics) and A15 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.


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 A16 Bionic
  • Has a smaller size transistor (4 versus 5 nm)
  • Supports 20% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 42.7 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 17%) AnTuTu 9 score – 935K vs 796K
  • Announced later
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (3460 vs 3240 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
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Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A16 Bionic +17%
CPU 248335 216602
GPU 394336 336667
Memory 153536 112950
UX 147260 131916
Total score 935710 796697

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
A16 Bionic +11%
Image compression 243.5 Mpixels/s 224.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 46.4 images/s 43.1 images/s
Speech recognition 141.8 words/s 136.1 words/s
Machine learning 117.1 images/s 104.9 images/s
Camera shooting 54.3 images/s 49.3 images/s
HTML 5 5.9 Mnodes/s 5.64 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1430 Krows/s 1270 Krows/s


A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 82% 82%
Graphics test 58 FPS 56 FPS
Score 9835 9471


Full list of technical specifications of A16 Bionic and A15 Bionic


Architecture 2x 3.46 GHz – Everest
4x 2.02 GHz – Sawtooth
2x 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 6 6
Frequency 3460 MHz 3240 MHz
Instruction set ARMv9-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache 256 KB 256 KB
L2 cache 32 MB 32 MB
Process 4 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 16 billion 15 billion
TDP - 6 W


GPU name Apple GPU Apple GPU
GPU frequency - 1200 MHz
Execution units 6 5
Shading units - 640


Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 6400 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Neural Engine Neural Engine
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 2796 x 1290 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, VP8, VP9, Motion JPEG H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, 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+


4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 7500 Mbps Up to 7500 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 3500 Mbps Up to 3000 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.3 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS


Announced September 2022 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - APL1W07

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Please give your opinion on the comparison of A15 Bionic and A16 Bionic, or ask any questions
Billy 15 September 2022 16:53
A16 must be more powerful, but only at CPU, Nevertheless, it is also obtained by all core upgrades. GPU is the same as A15. Both chips’ 3D Mark is the same. I think the GPU architectures are the same and replace LPDDR4X with LPDDR5. Therefore, the A16 only increases the frequency, and the architecture has not been changed.
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Boris 16 September 2022 14:48
The GPU is ~30% faster!
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Billy 18 September 2022 17:36
Boris, I saw someone test that both chips have the same score, idk.
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Boris 19 September 2022 12:15
Billy, There are already many tests. The GPU has a huge boost in performance. CPU is also decent. Kinda the same gap between A14 and A15.
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Creature 22 September 2022 14:18
Boris, GPU is not 30% faster. A16 is the same as A15 except it’s been ported to 4nm But it isn’t to say that there is no improvement it’s more like a score of 11700 compared to 12500
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Boris 25 September 2022 13:59
Creature, It is. Check out benchmarks. A16 is way faster than A15 in that regard. And "ported" to 4nm is busted. Check out the analysis of the A16 on the Angstronomics website. The changes on the chip are more significant than many thought.
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Joshua 09 November 2022 16:54
Boris, No, it’s not your saying check the benchmark, when it literally proves it’s only 10% faster at the highest. No wonder why they did the A13 vs the 16 the performance for the 16 would be embarrassing ( still one of the best chips out there tho )
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Boris 12 September 2022 23:38
1. A15 Cores - 3.23GHz / 2.02 GHz (Small) 2. A16 Cores - 3.46GHz / 2.02 GHz (Small) 3. A16 core names - Everest (big) / Sawtooth (small) Please, fix!
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Sergey 13 September 2022 20:27
Thank you for a comment, already fixed :)
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Roland2 10 September 2022 13:20
Apple has peaked. Qualcomm and Mediatek now have the opportunity to catch up.
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moreso 18 September 2022 00:38
The competition has barely caught up with the A13. At this point, apple is slowing down strategically.
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Creature 18 September 2022 20:47
I definitely wouldn’t say they peaked they just decided to work on camera upgrades this year. If they made both improvements to the CPU AND camera, there would definitely be a price hike in the prices of the iPhone.
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tipoo 08 December 2022 17:14
Lol, they're barely moving past A13 single core performance, and wait till Apple has the whole run of 3nm from TSMC.
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Zhinazhu 10 September 2022 05:28
TSMC's 3nm A17/A18 may be a better choice.
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A16 09 September 2022 01:37
the a16 bionic chip has a geeckbench5 score of 1905-5000 but the page has not yet collected enough information to draw a definitive conclusion and this is understandable because it is a new chip "we would need to wait a couple of weeks for the respective tests to be done and benchmarks to see the real results
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Innocent 08 September 2022 23:03
So this is the reason they compared it to the a13 bionic and it looked so much better than the a13 bionic.... if they did that same graph with the a15 bionic then it would look miserable in terms of raw performance. Snapdragon and MediaTek can definitely catch up now. Maybe apple has hit a wall with the arm architecture but that doesn't seem to be the case with the m2 series, well we will see if x86 is better than arm, or perhaps apple is blind to competition and didn't try this round.
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Abstronal 09 September 2022 09:25
Indeed, that's why they used A13, if they used A15 it would make them look like a joke.
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Boris 09 September 2022 14:40
Which was already kinda same as A14. :D
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Victraveller 24 September 2022 04:13
They have a lot of work to do to catch up, seems like a pipe dream when they're still generations behind.
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