Apple A17 PRO SoC for iPhone 15 Pro features 6-core GPU with ray tracing acceleration

Published: Sep 12th 2023, 19:03 GMT   Comments

Apple Unveils iPhone 15 Pro Series with A17 Pro chip

Apple introduced its latest high-end smartphones, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Max. These devices feature the new A17 Pro chip, touted as the industry’s first 3-nanometer chip, promising enhanced performance and capabilities.

The A17 Pro chip comes equipped with improvements in various key aspects. Firstly, the CPU has been updated with a new 6-core design consisting of two high-performance cores claimed to be up to 10% faster than their predecessors. Additionally, four high-efficiency cores have been integrated to enhance energy efficiency.

Apple A17 Pro design, Source: Apple

Apple has also introduced a new 6-core GPU for the A17 Pro. The company claims this is the biggest GPU redesign in Apple’s history. Official claims suggest that this GPU is up to 20% faster than the previous iteration, introducing features like mesh shading or hardware-accelerated ray tracing. Notably, hardware-based ray tracing is said to be four times faster than its software counterpart.

Apple is positioning the GPU as a significant enhancement for mobile gaming, showcasing titles like Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4, Death Stranding, and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Mirage, all of which are slated to be available on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.

Apple A17 Pro can run Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Source: Apple

The A17 Pro chip incorporates a dedicated AV1 decoder, promising more efficient and higher-quality video streaming experiences. Additionally, Apple has integrated a new USB controller, enabling USB 3 speeds on the iPhone for the first time (only for iPhone 15 Pro and above). This enables faster data transfer and supports video output up to 4K at 60 fps HDR.

The pricing for these new models is as follows: The iPhone 15 Pro starts at $999, offering 128GB of storage, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max starts at $1,199, providing 256GB of storage. Both models will be available for pre-order shortly after the announcement, with the devices scheduled to go on sale on September 22nd.

Source: Apple, The Verge, Tom’s Hardware

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