Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X leaves Android phones choking in the dust

“Apple’s processors have long been top of the line,” Christian de Looper reports for Digital Trends. “The Apple A10, after all, obliterated any Android phone in its path, and it wasn’t until Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 835 that Android phones even began getting close to the iPhone’s benchmark performance. Now, Apple has raised its game even higher with a new chip that’s an absolute doozy.”

“The A11 Bionic is the chip featured on the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, and we finally have some benchmark scores,” de Looper reports. “Suffice it to say, the chip shows off some pretty serious performance.”

“Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8, the iPhone 8 performs more than twice as [well] in single-core tests, and while things aren’t quite so dire in multicore tests, the Samsung Galaxy S8’s 6495 still doesn’t come close to the iPhone 8’s 9983,” de Looper reports. “iPhone’s performance helps keep an iPhone’s software running smoothly years after it’s originally purchased, and the same can’t necessarily be said for Android phones.”

Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, powered by Apple's amazing A11 Bionic chip
Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, powered by Apple’s amazing A11 Bionic chip

de Looper reports, “If you’re looking for the best-performing phone on the market, then the iPhone 8 may be your best bet.”

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      1. Apple bought PA Semi in 2008. Apple designs its own chips. The A11 is manufactured by TSMC. Not sure what applecynic is droning on about, PA Semi isn’t doing a job for Apple. The talent within PA Semi was added to Apple’s team, but it is Apple designing these chips. There’s a rumor that Samsung might even be getting back into manufacturing A-series chips. But for now it’s TSMC.

        1. Thanks. From applecynic’s comment I assumed PA Semi was a company Apple bought chips from. I knew I read that Apple designed its own chips. A bit of research shows me that Apple has acquired a number of chip related companies, much more than just PA Semi.

        2. People from PA Semi have become part of the Apple design team. The aspect of their previous work which appealed to Apple was that the company designed CPU chips with amazingly low power consumption. Those chips were often specified for military applications, where low power consumption and huge computational ability is an important requirement.

          Their input has helped Apple’s silicon designers to create chips that use power very frugally, but a lot of credit should also be due to other engineers within Apple’s team who have done so much with Apple’s ARM design to increase its computational power.

        3. The whole A-series team deserves a good bonus. The incredible evolution in the A-series SoCs has enable the iPhone and iPad and iOS to make tremendous advancements. Apple excels in both efficiency and raw power right now, and that is a huge advantage!

        4. The short answer is no. Members of the PA team are working along with many others at Apple, some direct hires and some acquisitions. You really should learn more about how many chip related companies and technologies Apple has purchased over the past decade. You don’t seem to know what you’re talking about.

        5. Apple’s acquisitions in this area over the last decade can easily be found, there’s nothing to prove. All you’re doing is ignoring information that doesn’t agree with you. Educate yourself, or be lazy, up to you.

        6. I’ll even help you out. Daniel Dobberpuhl founded PA Semi and was THE person in high performance low-power microprocessors. He must still be at Apple heading up the chip designing, right? I’ll let you Google it.

          When you’re done that, please Google Johny Srouji.

          Then you could look up the other acquisitions Apple has made in this field just to round out your education.

          At least you’ve admitted your statement was conjecture, maybe we’re making some progress,

        7. Classic troll move, always saying others haven’t proven their statements and unwilling to take five minutes to educate yourself. There’s enough information from me and others in the comments to prove your conjecture wrong. That should be the end of it, but somehow I bet it isn’t.

        8. Yes and no. They are not designing chips FOR Apple, the engineers that used to work for P.A. Semi are now designing chips AT Apple along with many other engineers.

          P.A. Semi designed PowerPC chips, not ARM chips. Apple acquired the company for the engineers who were extremely adept at designing highly efficient cores. This was the same reasoning for acquiring Intrinsity as well – for the the engineers.

        1. Apple is a very significant player in mobile (duh!). In order to be able to run the entire universe of mobile software, you need to own multiple devices. I do. In the case of the iPads it’s the stylus. 3 Android tablets complement the two iPad Pro’s.

          Make sense now?

        1. What are you on about? PA Semi isn’t a company anymore, and Apple created a diverse team from a number of acquisitions to build its capability to design custom silicon. It’s way more than just PA Semi.

    1. I totally agree. It is shameful Apple is crushing Android phones by not sharing their chip technology with others like Samsung. So unfair! Who knew everyone at Apple could be so mean, right ? NOT !!!! /s

      Even if these custom Apple chips were available to other OEMs, other OEM hardware and software would not optimize the chips. Why don’t just be happy that you can just go out and buy an Apple iPhone with their kick-ass PA Semi chips with hardware and software to optimize same, all in one package?

      You just cannot be happy for any smart decision Apple has made, can you ?

      One more thing: too bad it is just one OEM …but at least it is the best OEM. And it is the OEM that made it happen; it did not happen by accident.

        1. You said “Too bad…” when lamenting the fact that only Apple iPhone has the chip. That was my point when saying “unfair”. Sheesh. Let’s try to wiggle out of it…

    2. LOL. That’s because Apple isn’t a “portfolio” company, it simply creates the best products it can in each class.

      You would have an argument if Apple had 50 lines of phones like Samsung (not just 50 models, but lines of models). Obviously, you want a whole range of chips and suppliers for 50 lines of phones.

      But does just the Galaxy or Note have a whole range of possible chips sourced from all over the place? No, unless out of necessity; with their flagship, Samsung is going to try to put the best chip they possibly can in there. Other chips get put in other lines of phones.

      Well, Apple makes the iPhone, and only the iPhone; so it gets the best. You would have to say the same thing about Samsung or others if they made only their flagship phones.

    3. Come on guys, don’t feed the Troll. Applecynic knows exactly what they’re doing here, trying to divert from the real news which is that Apple’s custom A11 bionic is by far the best smartphone chip on the planet. Applecynic is not as thick as they come across, they have their own pointless agenda, please don’t bite, if they get no reaction then Applecynic will soon disappear.

    4. Perhaps you’re just not being clear about what you’re trying to say?

      If you’re trying to say the P.A. Semi acquisition is doing quite well for Apple, then yes I agree. Along with the talent they got from Intrinsity and few other design teams, Apple has become one of the top silicon design firms in the world; CPU, GPU, ISP, DSP, WiFi, Bluetooth, Neural Engine, etc. Not to mention they also control and maintain the entire development stack, the OS, compiler, and even the languages.

      However, I’m not quite sure what you mean by “tied to just one OEM” ?

      Apple designs their own silicon to use in their own devices. And as long as they can continue to optimize hardware and software as they have and stay ahead of the competition, there’s no reason they would look elsewhere.

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