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