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What’s so special about the A14 Bionic chip on the iPad Air?





The GPU on the A14 has 4 refreshed cores, delivering 30% better graphics performance than the previous-generation iPad Air.
With CPU and GPU power like this, the iPad Air is good at image editing, 4K video editing, design, smooth play of all games, graphics processing like on game consoles, … The architecture of the new GPU cores on the A14, Apple thinks it will help save power as much as possible. Not to mention that transistors are also designed to have low power consumption overall.

Apple compares with the performance of the current iPad Air that if compared to today’s best-selling windows laptops, the machine must be big, heavy and thick. The iPad Air, meanwhile, has twice the performance of the GPU but is very thin and light.

Machine Learning

The Neural Engine on the A14 has 16 cores, which is 2 times more than the A12 and it can support 11 trillion operations per second. The matrix algorithms can be processed very intelligently, in addition, the CPU is also optimized with machine learning to make the A14’s NPU performance 10 times faster than the old iPad Air using the A12. Part of the ML controller is designed by Apple, so the calculation and optimization between the CPU, the better GPU is no wonder, Apple has done well since the A11 Bionic.


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This NPU not only helps with image recognition, but it will also serve AR games that need to combine virtual space with real-life images. The application parties related to the machine learning algorithm also demonstrated that the iPad Air handles very well, for example, the djay Pro AI app can recognize hand gestures in real time to control the mixer emulator. DJ on iPad. Or the Pixelmator Photo application will also use the NPU to recognize the image after refining or cropping will remove aliasing or make it more beautiful, …

Overall, the A14 will help iPad Air become a device with “top of the line” performance, at least in theory, of course, in practical hands, we will test more carefully. In addition, the iPhone 12 promises to use the A14 chip, from where Apple can fully develop it to integrate into future MacBooks (A14X).

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