iPhone 13: Apple's A15 Bionic GPU is more powerful in Pro models


After the big announcements phase, we move on to examine in more detail the peculiarities of the new smartphone line of the Cupertino house presented yesterday, divided as usual into “standard” variants (iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini) and in those Pro. One of the considerations that emerged in the last few hours concerns the new SoC A 15 Bionic which, despite being provided for all new iPhones 13, has a GPU with an edge in the variant intended for Pro models (iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max).


Apple clearly says this by presenting the new iPhones and comparing the performance of the GPU with that of the competition. Pros can offer performance up to 20% higher than the standard models . In the press release relating to iPhone 13 and 13 mini reads in fact:

The new 4-core GPU is up to 30% more snappy compared to competing GPUs

While in the iPhone announcement 13 Pro and Pro Max is confirmed:

new 5-core GPU offering the most graphics performance fast on smartphone ( up to 50% faster than the competition)

No difference between the two new smartphone families instead for the CPU , always based on a 6-core architecture (2 high performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores) capable of offering performance up to 50% higher than the competition.

Having done the summary, one wonders what the extra power made possible by the extra core integrated into the GPU of the Pro models is destined for. The first answer is that the increase in performance graphics is necessary for the support of the ProRes codec , a prerogative of the Pro models , who use it to record (and edit) high quality videos up to 4K resolution at 30 fps. The fact remains that Apple presents the 5-core CPU of the iPhones pro like the one able to offer the best graphics performance ever on a iPhone . The first field tests will tell if the additional power compared to the standard models will also be put at the service of activities other than video recording in ProRes, for example in video games.

Please note that the new iPhones 13 will be pre-orderable from 17 next September and available from 24 September. Prices start from 839 euro (iPhone 13 mini da 128 GB) and arrive at 1. 869 euro (iPhone 13 Pro Max from 1TB).

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