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Apple A9 vs A12 Bionic

We compared the 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600) with the newer 6-core A12 Bionic (Apple A12 Bionic GPU) SoC. 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 A12 Bionic
  • Has 4 cores more
  • Announced 3 years and 1 month later
  • Shows significantly better (up to 2.4x) AnTuTu 8 score – 395K vs 166K
  • Supports 129% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (7 versus 14 nm)
  • 35% higher CPU clock speed (2490 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Compatible with the latest DirectX 12
  • Better instruction set architecture


Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
A12 Bionic +107%
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
A12 Bionic +194%
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
A12 Bionic +138%


Full list of technical specifications of Apple A9 and A12 Bionic


Architecture 2x 1.85 GHz – Twister 2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
Cores 2 6
Frequency 1850 MHz 2490 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 128 KB
L2 cache 3 MB 8 MB
L3 cache 8 MB -
Process 14 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 6.9 billion


GPU name PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600 Apple A12 Bionic GPU
Architecture Rogue -
GPU frequency 650 MHz -
Cores 6 4
Number of ALUs 192 -
FLOPS - 1000 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 1.2 2.0
DirectX version 11 12


Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1333 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 1x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 4 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No Yes
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 1920 x 1080 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV Protected AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3


Modem Qualcomm MDM9635M -
4G support LTE Cat. 6 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 450 Mbps Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 4 5
Bluetooth 4.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo


Announced September 2015 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
3 (16.7%)
15 (83.3%)
Total votes: 18


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