The maximum score of the Apple A15 in single-threaded mode was 1,724 points, and when all cores were used, the SoC scored 4,320 points. For comparison: the maximum scores of the Apple A14 SoC in Geekbench are 1,606 and 4,305 points, respectively. That is, the single-core performance of the Apple A15 has increased by 7%, while in multi-threaded mode, the new product has the same performance as the Apple A14.
Since this is the first prototype, we can expect the results of the Apple A15 to improve markedly by the time of release. The source adds that, in addition to poor results, at the moment the prototype based on the Apple A15 is experiencing problems with throttling, which should be eliminated by the time of release.
Apple A15 is manufactured on the basis of a 5nm technological process by TSMC. It should use 15% less electricity and be more efficient than the Apple A14.
A high-quality image of an iPhone 12s Pro without the charging connector
Chinese sources have released the first image of the new iPhone 12s Pro, which shows a major change in design and construction for Apple’s upcoming flagship device.
The iPhone 12s Pro will inherit the design of the iPhone 12 as a whole. It will receive a flat frame around the perimeter of the body, as well as a square block of the main camera. In this case, all camera modules will be covered with a common protective glass, as previously reported.
According to the sources, the smartphone will lose its charging connector. At the bottom, only the holes for the microphone and speaker will remain. Apple is expected to ditch wired charging entirely in favor of MagSafe in this smartphone. This will make the device even more resistant to dust and moisture.
The iPhone 12s Pro’s screen will support a 120Hz refresh rate, and users will get a fingerprint sensor located under the display surface. The famous notch in which the earpiece and front camera are located will be reduced.
The iPhone 12s series is expected to be officially unveiled this September.
Apple finally defeated Samsung in the global smartphone market
Apple overtook Samsung to become the world’s leading smartphone brand amid record sales of iPhone smartphones. The company showed a huge jump in the last quarter of last year, while Huawei‘s position weakened greatly.
According to Counterpoint Research, shipments of iPhone smartphones increased 22% in the previous quarter. The surge is driven by the release of the iPhone 12 lineup, which supports fifth-generation networks. Also, sales of previous models did not fall, the demand for which is stable after the price decline.
The company has shipped 90 million smartphones and has more than 23% market share. Analysts note that Apple has strengthened its position in the premium segment of smartphones in China. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, two of the top three selling premium smartphones in China are from Apple.
The second place in the quarter belongs to Samsung, which received about 19% of the market. The third place went to Xiaomi, followed by Oppo and Vivo, which took the fourth and fifth places, respectively. Huawei dropped to 6th place.
If we consider the results for the year, then Samsung is in the lead; Apple is second, Huawei is third, followed by Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme. The latter was the fastest growing brand in the past year.
Counterpoint Research’s data is broadly consistent with estimates by another analyst firm, IDC, which we have already published.