With recent iPhone 12 leaks being considerably more bad than good, tension was mounting over how Apple’s new models would stand out. Now we know. 

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The iPhone 12 range is not just going to be fast, it’s going to blow the rest of the industry away, according to new information provided by prolific industry insider Komiya. The tipster reveals Apple’s new A14 chipset inside the range will offer CPU and GPU gains of 40% and 50% respectively. That equates to a multi-generational increase on the iPhone’s A13, which is already the fastest smartphone chipset on the market. 

Furthermore, this makes sense. Last month, popular YouTuber Filip Koroy (aka EverythingApplePro) revealed the A14 would deliver a massive performance upgrade to compete with what the iPhone 8’s A11 chip achieved over the iPhone 7’s A10. That was a game-changing leap, with the A11 offering 70% improved multitasking performance but, even then, its high performance CPU and GPU cores were just 25% and 30% faster. Meanwhile, back in January, the iPhone 12 was tipped to outpace the MacBook Pro

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So, compared to more modest recent gains (A13 20%, A12 15%), how has Apple suddenly leapt forward again? The big enabler is the A14’s move from a 7nm to 5nm manufacturing process. This means more transistors in the same space (Koroy says 15 billion Vs 8.5 billion on the A13), as well as increased power efficiency. The latter of which would explain the iPhone 12 lineup’s surprisingly small batteries

But is speed a big selling point? I think so. While plans for so-called Apple Silicon in Macs and MacBooks is exciting news, the real appeal of its ever improving presence in iPhones is longevity. Consequently, while more obvious crowd pleasing upgrades have hit the rocks, the A14 has the potential to make the iPhone 12 line-up some of the most future proof smartphones in history. 

During this turbulent time, that might just be the most pleasing crowd pleasing upgrade of them all.

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