Mobile CPU benchmarks show Apple two years ahead of the competition

“ARM has unveiled its latest high-end mobile CPU, the Cortex-A76 – and benchmark comparisons with existing Android chips and Apple’s A-series ones suggests that the iPhone maker is a solid two years ahead of the competition,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac.

“ARM has unveiled its latest high-end mobile CPU, the Cortex-A76 – and benchmark comparisons with existing Android chips and Apple’s A-series ones suggests that the iPhone maker is a solid two years ahead of the competition,” Lovejoy reports. “owever, Apple’s A11 chip remains comfortably ahead – and as Reddit user WinterCharm notes, the scores are pretty much on a par with the A10 processor.”

Lovejoy reports, “Apple will be on to the A12 by the time Cortex-76 devices hit the market, putting the Cupertino company a solid two years ahead.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last September:

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!

I’ve always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.Steve Jobs, October 12, 2004

• In order to build the best products, you have to own the primary technologies. Steve felt that if Apple could do that — make great products and great tools for people — they in turn would do great things. He felt strongly that this would be his contribution to the world at large. We still very much believe that. That’s still the core of this company.Apple CEO Tim Cook, March 18, 2015

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  1. SoCs are definitely not that important to most consumers. iPhone is still losing market share percentage to Android smartphones and I think that’s the only thing that matters to investors. Apple isn’t able to put all the power into an unbeatable advantage. There’s nothing any iPhone can do that some flagship Android smartphone can’t. At least not anything that consumers care about. The iPhone uses a fast SoC and then skimps on system RAM which is rather foolish from my point of view. Compared to Android flagships, iPhone system RAM is a bottleneck.

    I had thought that AR on the iPhone would boost sales, but I was dead wrong. I believed the iPhone would be powerful enough to run AR apps that Android smartphones couldn’t handle. That never happened.

    As an Apple shareholder I wish the A-series processors and iPhones were two years ahead of the competition, but big investors don’t see it that way and neither do I. Consumers simply don’t care about SoCs. It’s not a valid selling point to anyone. Most people think iPhones are too expensive for what they can do. Right there is a problem. Apple isn’t stressing how powerful iPhones are and they probably shouldn’t be. A well-balanced smartphone is much more important. I’m just saying Wall Street doesn’t believe iPhones have any advantage. That’s all.

    1. Actually, Apple has been gaining market share in an overall declining smartphone market. Moreover, the average selling price of an Android phone is in the low $200+ range. The vast majority of these devices are cheap and disposable garbage and not really comparable with other premium smartphones.

      I’d also note that last quarter, Apple brought in 86% of the profit made in the smartphone market. Given that Apple is the highest value publicly traded company, I’d suggest that Wallstreet isn’t completely blind to this either.

  2. I’m not technical – so please don’t pile negatively in on this question. Would someone be kind enough to explain to a technical lay person whether it is Apple or ARM who designs the chips – and why Apple’s competitors cannot buy the same ARM chips as Apple use?

    1. In simple terms, ARM originally designed those chips, but Apple has bought a license to build it’s own version of ARM chips using the ARM architecture as the starting point, but optimising the design in ways which suit Apple. To answer your question, the design isn’t solely ARM’s or Apple’s, one originally made it and the other enhanced it.

      Apple has it’s chips custom manufactured from it’s designs and chooses not to allow those chips to be sold anywhere.

      1. Alanaudio, that’s not quite right…

        Apple is one of the few ARM “architectural licensees”. Apple thus has the ability to create its own CPU architecture that implements ARM instruction codes.

        Apple does not use any of ARM’s canned physical designs. It designs and engineers its own processors FROM THE GROUND UP.

        And that, Josh, is why Apple’s competitors cannot use Apple’s designs. They are strictly Apple’s own and are simply not accessible in any aspect by Apple’s competitors.

    2. Think of the Arm chip as starting out with an empty building, what you put into it is the difference and that includes, having control of your own in house OS which Apple years ahead.

  3. Saw an article stating the download speeds of the new Samsung as fastest because of a new dedicated chip. If true, I think that would be a more desirable trait than raw power.

    Personally, I am happy with the X and value security and privacy over whatever price difference there may be.

  4. … needs – or CARES about – the fastest/most powerful cpu available. Just like not every car owner needs the fastest/most powerful engine available. I still carry a flip-phone, two of my kids carry iPhones, the other carries an Android of some kind. Mine doesn’t even tell where I am! But the CPU has all the power it needs to do what I expect. That’s what *I* want.

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