Apple A15 Bionic Powers iPhone 13 and iPad Mini

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Apple A15 Bionic Powers iPhone 13 and iPad Mini

Apple announced a slew of new devices during a streaming event today, updating them with new silicon and a slew of features.

The new A15 Bionic processor will power many of Apple’s latest devices. It uses 5nm tech and has 15 billion transistors, with a 6-core CPU that includes two high-performance and four efficiency cores. There’s also a 4-core GPU, bumped up to 5-cores on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Apple VP Hope Giles said it was “up to 50% faster than the competition.” The A15 also has a neural engine can perform 15.8 trillion operations per second.

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The Bionic also powers a new camera system, including a new 12MP ultrawide camera and a shifting sensor from the previous generation Pro Max line. There’s also a new cinematic mode for dramatic shifts in perspective.

Using the new chip, Apple introduced the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, with a 20% smaller notch and flat, aluminum edges and larger batteries. Apple claims the display has a peak brightness of 1,200 nits.

The company promises better battery life, more than 1.5 hours longer for the iPhone 13 mini over the iPhone 12 mini, and 2.5 hours longer for the iPhone 13 over the iPhone 12. This comes in part from a more efficient CPU.

iPhone 13 Mini will start at $699, and the iPhone 13 will start at $799. The starting capacity is also being upgraded to 128GB, with addition 256GB and 512GB options. There is no more 64GB version — it’s about time. 

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