Apple revealed About the latest and largest smartphone chip, the A16 Bionic, with new iPhone 14 Pro models announced, but how does it compare to the latest M2 processor for MacBooks? Well, in this article we will compare the specifications of these processors, and the extent of agreement or difference between them.
A16 Bionic is designed for iPhone
The first difference is the most important, as the A16 Bionic and M2 are designed for completely different devices, the A16 Bionic processor is only available for iPhone devices, and only limited to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
In contrast, the M2 chip is currently only available in the latest MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops. It is very likely that the processor will also be available for i-Mac, Mac mini and i-pad at a later time. It almost certainly will not be available for any iPhone.
The A16 Bionic chip has a 4nm architecture
Processor manufacturers have always aimed to reduce the space between transistors within a processor to ensure faster performance, and the A16 Bionic processor is a great example of this, featuring a revolutionary 4nm architecture, an upgrade from the 5nm architecture found in the older A15 Bionic. The M2 processor uses a 5nm architecture, but this does not mean that the A16 Bionic processor is the most powerful, we will explain that shortly.
M2 processor comes with more transistors
The smaller build technology generally allows processor manufacturers to compress more transistors, but it's important to remember that the M2 is much larger than the A16 Bionic processor because it's designed for larger devices.
As a result, the M2 processor contains 20 billion transistors. Compared to the 16 billion transistors of the A16 Bionic processor. As a rule, a larger number of transistors usually results in faster performance. Thus, the M2 chip is a more powerful processor than the A16 Bionic.
A16 processor focuses more on battery life
The A16 Bionic processor has a hexa-core CPU, while the M2 features an octa-core CPU. On paper, this doesn't seem like much of a difference. But once you delve into the specs, you'll see how the A16 Bionic is optimized more for power consumption than performance.
The A16 CPU consists of 2 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores. In contrast, the CPU of the M2 processor consists of 4 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores.
The balance of these two types of CPU cores shows where Apple's priority lies for each chip. The A16 Bionic puts more emphasis on extending battery life, while the M2 values performance just as much as its endurance. This is not surprising since battery life is considered more important than processing speeds when it comes to smartphones, while higher-quality speeds are more appreciated with laptops.
M2 processor has a more powerful GPU
Apple has confirmed that the A16 Bionic processor will have a five-core GPU, just like its predecessor. This pales in comparison to the M10's 2-core GPU, meaning twice as many cores.
This means that the M2 chip is much better for graphics intensive workloads such as photo editing and video editing, since this chip is designed for laptops.