Next-gen iPhone will put an even bigger performance gap between Apple and the Android also-rans

“Surprising no one, it turns out that the next-generation iPhone will put an even bigger performance gap between itself and the rest of the industry, as TSMC begins mass production of powerful 7-nanometer A12 chips for use in Apple’s next-generation iPhones,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “The new 7 nanometer chip should provide significantly more transistors than Apple’s (already industry-leading) 10-nanometer chips. For the rest of us, this means better battery life and better performance.”

“Apple continues to leap ahead the industry in mobile processor design,” Evans writes. “The move from 14-nanometer to 10-nanometer process design delivered significant performance enhancements in contrast to the A10 [some 25% better], so it is logical to expect similar levels of improvement as iPhones transition to 7-nanometer chips.”

“Apple’s biggest competitor, Samsung, has said it won’t begin manufacturing 7-nanometer chips at scale until 2019 — that’s even assuming the OS it uses in its smartphones can exploit the hardware,” Evans writes. “Apple is quite clearly pulling ahead of the entire industry when it comes to mobile processors — and it shows.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yup.

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! — MacDailyNews, September 13, 2017

iPhone is going to destroy every Android phone yet again with Apple’s A12 SoC – May 24, 2018
Apple’s next-gen 7nm A12 chips go into production – May 23, 2018
TSMC ramps up production of Apple’s next-gen 7nm A12 SoC – April 23, 2018
iPhone 8’s Apple A11 Bionic chip so destroys Android phones that Geekbench creator can’t even believe it – September 30, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip is by far the highest-performing system on the market; totally destroys Android phones – September 19, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X leaves Android phones choking in the dust – September 18, 2017
The inside story of Apple’s amazing A11 Bionic chip – September 18, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei – September 18, 2017
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. Depends on your parameters doesn’t it for on shear performance already they match or exceed low end Macs the A12 and then the A13 will undoubtedly take that a stage further and be ample for the job well up th range. However yes there is more to this than shear performance or what happens to that shear performance when it is loaded with more tasks inherent in a Mac. However only those working on them truly know the potential in that regard. Arm itself is designing Arm based chips to take on intensive computer tasks including servers so I am sure based on the existing evidence of what Apple can do with the base design that they can sooner rather than later make suitable chips for the task. With the work we are hearing about code convergence (not to mention Microsofts efforts to exploit far inferior chips for universal computing tasks) I would be surprised if we don’t get Mac OS featuring on Apples chips sometime in the next two years or so.

  1. What’s really a shame and I’m not certain how important this is but in the speed tests when the iPhone is compared to some other flagship smartphone where many apps are opened one after another in two cycles, the iPhone is constantly coming in second place. Why? Because most top Android flagship smartphones are available with 6 to 8 gigabytes of system RAM. Apparently, those Android flagship smartphones are now able to keep a lot of apps open in memory while the iPhone can’t. Now, the iPhone X has to relaunch apps the second time around while the Android flagship smartphones only have to retrieve those apps from memory. At the end of those of those types of speed tests, the iPhone X is now frequently losing out even if the iPhone X is faster. Android manufacturers are making the adjustment necessary to beat the iPhone at various tests.

    What’s is Apple’s problem? Apple seems to be cutting corners on their products for reasons I’m not sure I understand. Is that extra bit of system RAM that much more expensive that Apple can’t afford it. The iPhone is Apple’s top money-making product so Apple should put it in a position to make any Android flagship smartphone look less capable in comparison. How much profit does Apple have to make to satisfy investors and hurt actual product users? iPhone X has a lousy 3 gigabytes of system RAM while most Android flagships have more than double that amount. C’mon, Apple, don’t be that stingy on a $1000 iPhone.

    Same with iPhone battery capacity. Make 3,000mAh the base capacity. Why only 2700mAh for iPhones while all the Android flagship smartphones are 3,000mAh. Don’t loyal iPhone users deserve a longer-lasting battery. Or is that too much to ask. I’m sure most iPhone users would agree to have a longer-lasting battery rather than a thinner case. Again, this is something I don’t understand Apple is doing when the solution seems so simple to implement. Would a higher-capacity battery add a huge amount of cost to a $1000 iPhone. I’m only talking about parity with other flagship smartphones.

    Don’t just design a super mobile processor and then skimp on the support components. Make the iPhone a true Android flagship destroyer that beats them at all tests. It can’t be that difficult.

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