What makes Apple's A12 Bionic chip so great?

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What makes Apple's A12 Bionic chip so great?

Last week Apple launched three new iPhones. You may already know that, but just how much do you know about Apple’s new A12 Bionic chip? It’s the most advanced smartphone processor Apple has ever made, and it’s amazing because it lets you do things that couldn’t be done before. Here are a few things that make it so great.

A new era of speed

Phones are always getting faster, but with the new A12 Bionic chip, you can expect a more noticeable bump in speed than usual. One of the reasons is because Apple is moving away from a 10 nanometer (nm) size of chip to a smaller 7 nm-sized one. Why does that matter? Because the smaller a chip is, the faster it is at receiving instructions as there is less distance for electrons to travel. In non-science speak, that means the new iPhones will be much faster than previous models. Not just slightly faster. A lot faster.

Better photography

Apple’s new chip has the power to transform mobile photography on iPhone. During its presentation Apple talked about its new A12 Bionic image signal processor and how it’s powered by the new A12 chip.

The chip is so smart that it’s capable of up to 1 trillion operations per photo. That’s far too many to list here, but what we do know is that taking professional-quality photos just got easier. Point your iPhone’s camera at something and it will automatically adjust everything for you. It will set the white balance, exposure, reduce noise, highlight details, and recognise faces and bodies to capture the perfect image.

Machine learning is a big part of the new iPhone, and the A12 Bionic chip has the advanced AI inside to calculate what it sees in real-time and perform complex calculations to help you take the best possible photos.

Run more complex neural apps

The A12 Bionic chip will herald what Apple is calling the “next generation” of apps. One of those unveiled by Apple is an app called Homecourt – a basketball coaching app that measures and tracks sporting performance using real-world data. It’s as Apple puts it, one of those “complex neural apps” made possible by machine learning.

Apple showed during its presentation, how the app understands what’s happening in the real world. It tracks the location of the ball, your misses, and provides feedback on your hoop-shooting accuracy without the need of extra equipment, only your iPhone’s camera. Expect more apps like this for even more sports in the future, as the A12 Bionic chip makes it possible for apps to deliver new experiences.

Games can have a new level of realism

The newest mobile games will also look more realistic than ever, as the A12 Bionic chip is able to render real-time lighting effects, and recreate physics that are more lifelike than ever before. Apple explained during its iPhone reveal that graphics will render 40% faster than before, and that you’ll notice new depth of field effects, and gaming environments that weren’t possible before on mobile.

It lets developers create new kinds of Augmented Realty experiences

If you’ve ever played an augmented reality game, you’ll know just how fun they can be. Just look at how successful Pokémon Go was. However, the technology is still new and improving, and the experience can at times prove buggy and frustrating. Now Apple is hoping to take AR even more seriously.

The A12 Bionic chip, together with Apple’s new AR Kit 2 will deliver more reliable experiences, and allow more players to play at the same time. Apple also promised more “persistent” experiences, and better surface and object detection. That way your game won’t freeze when your camera fails to recognise something such as a table. And if that means better AR gaming experiences then count us in.

Does that sound exciting? What are you most looking forward to from the new Apple iPhone Xs, Xs Max and iPhone XR? Do let us know in the comments below.

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