Riot Games appeared on stage during Apple’s iPhone 12 event to announce that League of Legends: Wild Rift will arrive on iPhone devices later this year. The mobile adaptation of the wildly popular MOBA League of Legends comes at a time when another hit multiplayer game–Fortnite–remains unavailable on iOS devices.
An official release date for League of Legends: Wild Rift was not confirmed; we just know it will release sometime in 2020. The announcement was made while Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 12, the company’s latest flagship phone. The exact phones that support Wild Rift were not shared, but we do know it’ll take advantage of the iPhone 12’s new A14 Bionic chip and 5G functionality. How exactly it will utilize the new chip was not shared in great detail, but Riot touted the “fast speeds” that the new line of iPhones will allow for when playing Wild Rift.
An Android version of Wild Rift is also planned for release. You can sign up for an iOS beta now or pre-register for the Android beta on the Wild Rift website.
The big gaming focus at the Apple event today was 5G and League of Legends coming to mobile.
In addition to throwing some shade at Fortnite, the key messaging was about iPhone 12 offering better performance than any other smartphone platform for gaming, including LoL. pic.twitter.com/Jgdc95CeZJ
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) October 13, 2020
League of Legends: Wild Rift was first announced last year and is an abridged version of the traditional PC League of Legends experience, with a simpler, more streamlined user interface designed for specifically for mobile devices. Development on the game continues, with new 0.5 patch notes having just been released on October 10. Along with reworking characters, that introduced a new Practice mode that should make it
Apple’s Vice President of Platform Architecture offers insight on the new A14 Bionic processor, the importance of machine learning, and how Apple continues to separate itself from its competitors in a new interview.
According to Apple, the A14 Bionic offers a 30% boost for CPU performance, while using a new four-core graphics architecture for a 30% faster graphics boost, compared against the A12 Bionic used in the iPad Air 3. Against the A13, the benchmarks suggest the A14 offers a 19% improvement in CPU performance and 27% for graphics.
In an interview with German magazine Stern, Apple’s Vice President of Platform Architecture, Tim Millet, offered some insight into what makes the A14 Bionic processor tick.
Millet explains that while Apple did not invent machine learning and neural engines — “the foundations for this go back many decades” — they did help to find ways to accelerate the process.
Machine learning requires neural networks to be trained on complex data systems, which, until recently, did not exist. As storage grew larger, machines could take advantage of larger data sets, but the learning process was still relatively slow. However, in the early 2010s, this all began to change.
Fast forward to 2017 when the iPhone X released— the first iPhone that featured Face ID. This process was powered by the A11 chip and was capable of processing 600 billion arithmetic operations per second.
The five-nanometer A14 Bionic chip, which will debut the new iPad Air set to release in October, can calculate over 18 times as many operations — up to 11 trillion per second.
“We are excited about the emergence of machine learning and how it enables a completely new class,” Millet told Stern. “It takes my breath away when I see what people can do with the A14
Several rumors have indicated that Apple is working on a refreshed Apple TV, and Fudge, a leaker who goes by @choco_bit on Twitter, today shared some new information on what we can expect.
In a tweet, Fudge claims that Apple is preparing multiple new Apple TV set-top boxes, with a model featuring a variant of the A12 chip and one with an “A14X-like” chip. Fudge also mentions that a new controller is in the works, but it is unclear if the tweet is referencing an updated Siri Remote or a new, Apple-designed game controller.
Apple Arcade is getting BIG money poured into it. There are currently titles in the works that are aiming to rival the likes of Breath of the Wild, which is why new A12X/Z AppleTV, “A14X-like” AppleTV, and Controller are in the works.
Some games will require A13 and up to run 💁🏼♀️
— Fudge (@choco_bit) October 3, 2020
Fudge mentions that Apple is working with developers to bring console-level games to Apple Arcade as means of bolstering the gaming service. Notably, the tweet points out that some games would only be able to be run on the A13 Bionic chip or later, so an upgraded Apple TV would be necessary to access the new Apple Arcade additions.
Signs of a new Apple TV with an A12 bionic chip were uncovered in the iOS 13.4 beta in February. In addition to an updated processor and a “T1125” codename, previous rumors have indicated that the refreshed Apple TV may feature higher capacity 64 and 128GB storage options.
Leaker Jon Prosser had previously suggested the new Apple TV will be equipped with an A12X Bionic chip, while another rumor had indicated it will use an A14 chip, the same chip in the fourth-generation iPad Air that’s expected in the
Benchmarks for the iPad Air 4 have seemingly surfaced, indicating the A14 Bionic expected to be used in the “iPhone 12” range offers more performance than the high-powered A13 Bionic and the iPad Pro’s A12Z Bionic.
Apple is due to launch the “iPhone 12” in the near future, and the fourth-generation iPad Air hasn’t gone on sale yet, meaning no-one has been able to try out the latest tablet model to see how responsive the new A14 system-on-chip is in use. In benchmarks spotted by Twitter user “Ice Universe” offers what could be the first benchmark for the tablet, and a first glimpse of what could be powering the 2020 iPhone models.
The single GeekBench benchmark for an “iPad13,2” from October 2 indicates it is a tablet with the motherboard number J308AP. Serial leaker “l0vetodream” pointed out the J308AP refers to the iPad Air 4 with cellular, rather than the J307AP used for the Wi-Fi model.
The benchmark lists the chip as 6-core model with a base frequency of 2.99GHz and 3.66GB of memory. The tablet scored 1,583 points for single-core tests, while for multi-core it achieved 4,198 points, under Geekbench 5.2.3.
Comparing the results against Geekbench’s list of iOS and iPadOS devices, the single-core performance is higher than the 1,327 observed in the iPhone 11 Pro, which uses the A13 Bionic at 2.7Ghz. On the multi-core side, the A14 also outpaces the 3,300 the A13 Bionic achieves in the same test, but is still beaten by the A12Z Bionic used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which scored 4,644 points.
According to Apple, the A14 Bionic offers a 30% boost for CPU performance, while using a new four-core graphics architecture for a 30% faster graphics boost, compared against the A12 Bionic used in the iPad