Apple’s A18 Pro CPU Cluster Shared, Performance And Efficiency Core Count To Remain The Same As Earlier Versions

The A18 Pro will likely serve as the successor to the A17 Pro and is expected to exclusively power the upcoming iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, which are said to launch later this year. Though we have reported that the SoC will sport a 6-core GPU, which may not translate into graphical performance improvements, we never got around to the CPU cluster, as that information was not available then, and we made our own assumptions. However, one tipster claims that the core configuration will remain unchanged compared to Apple’s previous A-series chipsets, potentially meaning that we may not witness a noteworthy difference between the two silicon generations.

A18 Pro to retain the ‘2 + 4’ CPU cluster, but a larger die size can result in some benefits for Apple’s upcoming flagships

Like the A17 Pro, both the A18 and A18 Pro are rumored to feature a 6-core CPU, according to @negativeonehero, stating that both SoCs are expected to feature two performance and four efficiency cores. The latest information is likely a response to YouTuber Vadim Yuryev’s prediction concerning the core count of the two chipsets, stating that the A18 Pro will have a ‘2 + 6’ configuration. The tipster responded by saying that he has not heard of a single mention that the A18 Pro will have an 8-core CPU, which might be a disappointing turn of events, as the SoC may lose out on multi-threaded performance gains.

Regardless, even with the 6-core configuration, we were impressed with the A18 Pro’s Geekbench 6 single-core and multi-core performance uplifts, as the leaked numbers revealed that the silicon is up to 28 percent faster than the A17 Pro. Unfortunately, it fails to overtake the alleged figures of Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, which is said to have a 46 percent multi-core lead against the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. However, there might be a silver lining in all of this, as Apple might deliberately look to diminish the performance gains in exchange for better efficiency, which translates into increased battery life.

That is not all the positives potentially arriving to the A18 and A18 Pro because Apple may use larger die sizes that will result in increased cache and a possibly bigger Neural Engine, along with other upgrades. Of course, it is important to note that since all of this information is unverified, we have to treat it with a pinch of salt, and we will be back with future updates on the matter.

News Source: @negativeonehero

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