Apple announces new A12 Bionic chip with upgraded CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine

Apple has unveiled its latest chip powering the newest batch of iPhones: the A12 Bionic. The company says it’s the industry’s first 7-nanometer chip, and Phil Schiller, on stage in Cupertino, introduced it as the “the smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone.”

It contains a six-core CPU, four-core GPU (up to 50 percent faster than A11), and an updated version of the Neural Engine, which is designed to handle AI tasks. The A11 had a two-core Neural Engine, this version bumps that up to eight cores. And while the old Neural Engine could crunch through 600 billion operations per second, the new version can handle 5 trillion operations per second.

The new Apple Watch Series 4 also gets an updated 4th generation SIP (silicon in package)…

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