Apple’s A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei

“Official benchmarks posted by Geekbench show that Apple’s A11 Bionic delivers a huge jump in performance over last year’s A10 Fusion used in iPhone 7, with scores that are not just far beyond other mobile ARM competitors’ latest chips, but higher than the base Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor Apple uses in its 13 inch MacBook Pro,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for AppleInsider.

“Apple is using the new A11 Bionic in its iPhone 8/8 Plus models as well in iPhone X. The scores Geekbench outlines for the three models show some variation between them (less than 5 percent in single core and around 7 percent in multicore), likely related to the difference in display resolution and offset by a difference in RAM,” Dilger writes. “The improvement over last year’s A10 Fusion is dramatic. Comparing the similarly specced iPhone 7 to iPhone 8, the A11 Bionic is 25 percent faster in single core and 80 percent faster in multicore scores. This is particularly noteworthy because Apple’s latest chip delivers new neural net, camera ISP and GPU capabilities that are above and beyond what a generic processor benchmark measures. ”

“Its generic benchmarks jump over Android flagships’ ARM chips is even larger. That’s to be expected because Apple’s A9 from two years ago was already beating this year’s Androids in typical, single core performance,” Dilger writes. “Apple enjoys not just a temporary head start in designing silicon until its rivals can catch up, but rather an inherent lead tied to vast economies of scale that allow it to invest liberally in developing faster, more efficient processors using technology that that can scale up and down for use in a variety of devices.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obliteration.

As we wrote last week: With each passing year, and especially with iPhone X, it becomes increasingly clear – even to the Android settlers – that the competition has no chance of even remotely keeping up against Apple’s unmatched vertically integrated one-two punch of custom software and custom hardware. The Android to iPhone upgrade train just turned onto a long straightaway, engines stoked, primed to barrel away!

“Vertical integration – hardware + software – trumps off-the-shelf conglomerations every single time. See: Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, etc.” — MacDailyNews, May 31, 2017

Furthermore, a smartphone is only as good as its ecosystem and the fragmented-by-manufacturer Android “ecosystem” is an unfunny joke. For example, Samsung’s phones, when they don’t explode like their washing machines, are, at best, a collection of off-the-shelf parts, inferior mobile processors, and an off-the-rack operating system best known for fragmentation, insecurity, and privacy-trampling user tracking/data vacuuming from an online banner ad company that masquerades as a search engine. Anyone who regards a South Korean dishwasher maker’s latest iPhone knockoff as “the best phone ever” is a painfully myopic moron.

Apple accelerates mobile processor dominance with A11 Bionic; benchmarks faster than 13-inch MacBook Pro – September 15, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus on par with 2017 MacBook Pro – September 14, 2017


  1. The impressive thing is that Apple is not only a long way ahead of it’s rivals, but rapidly increasing it’s lead over them.

    Apple’s vertical integration model is paying off brilliantly. It costs a hell of a lot of money to develop custom silicon, but when that cost is spread over something like a hundred million devices in a year, the development cost becomes very low per unit.

    Apple is in the unique position of being able to devote massive resources into developing custom silicon and being totally confident that those costs will be recovered. Not only that, because Apple builds the devices, designs the silicon and writes the operating system, they are able to fine tune all the elements so that they work together in an optimised manner which no other manufacturer could hope to do.

    As if that wasn’t enough, because Apple designs everything, it knows exactly what is being worked on, therefore future devices can be designed to take full advantage of forthcoming technology when that technology is still under development, but showing promise.

    It’s hard to see how other manufacturers will be able to effectively compete in the future.

  2. I’d like to see a comparison between Apple’s A11 Bionic and NVidia Shield’s Tegra X1 which is the reigning benchmark champ of all Android streaming devices. Does the A11 have what it takes to grab those bragging rights from NVidia? It’s not a fair comparison because the NVidia Shield isn’t a mobile device, but it is an ARM processor, so it would still be interesting to see if the A11 could come close.

    1. In terms of CPU, the Tegra gets crushed… big time. Single core is 1500, multi-core is 4300.

      The GPU is where the X1 shines. I haven’t seen A11 GFXBench scores yet, but to give you a comparison, the X1 scores 62 fps on Manhattan (offscreen) and the A10X scores 92 fps on the same test.

      The point being, nVidia is well behind Apple level performance on their mobile SoC. When you consider what Apple is doing with their ISP and with their new neural engine, it’s clear that the lead is only increasing for Apple overall.

  3. I read somewhere this morning where Apple is “cheating” it’s customers by not including the latest Qualcomm gigabit fast modem chip because of the ongoing litigation, like Apple should simply toady to Qualcomm and keep paying their ridiculous and overreaching draconian terms.

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