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The A11 Bionic Powers The iPhone 8, Plus, And X

September 12, 2017

With a new iPhone, comes a new A series chip. It’s now time for the A11 Binoic that delivers a new 6 core configuration for the iPhone 8, Plus, and X.

Last year’s A10 chip delivered a quad core set up with two high power cores and two low power cores. The A11 Bionic chip features two high performance cores at 25% faster than the A10, and four high efficiency cores at 70% faster than the A10. The system on a chip is 64-bit and includes 4.3 billion transistors with a 2nd gen performance controller for 70% faster multithread workloads. There’s a new GPU as well that is 30% faster than the A10, yet at 1/2 the power.

The A11 Bionic also helps the camera system. The chip includes a new ISP with faster low light focus and hardware based noise reduction. Video is also getting a boost with a video encoder in the A11 for faster video frame rates. The Bionic allows for real time image and motion analysis that can process 2 million tiles per second while recording to have consistent and accurate lighting throughout a video. Augmented Reality is aided as well by the A11 Bionic as the CPU powers world tracking and scenes, the GPU renders the realistic graphics, and the ISP handles real-time lightning.

For the iPhone X, the A11 Bionic includes a special neural engine chip for Face ID. The neural engine is a dual-core chip that can handle 600 billion operations per second to enable the real time Face ID recognition. The neural engine is made from the ground up by Apple for a specific set of machine learning algorithms. This helps the system handle the user’s changing appearance, and identify the user’s attention. All Face ID data is stored on a secure enclave within the A11 Bionic.

The iPhone 8, Plus, and X will be able to handle whatever you throw at them thanks to the A11 Bionic.