The Apple A16 Bionic vs Apple A17 Pro chips are the two leading mobile SoCs in the tech industry. The A16 Bionic was released in the iPhone 14 Pro last year. And now in 2023, Apple announced the A17 Pro chipset with the iPhone 15 Pro being the first smartphone to use it.
Process | Architecture
Apple A17 Pro chipset is the first industry chip that’s built on a 3nm process. Smaller processes result in a higher performance. The A17 Pro has 19 billion transistors as opposed to the 16 billion transistors in the 4nm node of A16 Bionic.
CPU | GPU
When it comes to the CPU, the A17 Pro Chip is 10% faster than the A16 Bionic. And when it comes to the GPU, it’s 20% faster than the A16 Bionic. More so, the A17 Pro chip has a Neural Engine with a 16-core which is 2x faster in machine learning than the A16 Bionic.
This year’s iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max would take gaming to whole new kinda levels. Thanks to the new Chip. Unlike the A16 Bionic with a software-based Ray Tracing, the new A17 Pro Chip enables hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing, which is about 4x faster.
Display | ISP | Connectivity
As for the display, both chipset enables up to QHD+ resolution with 120Hz refresh rate. It can support up to 48MP dual cameras and can shoot video in 4K @60fps. More so, there’s support for USB v3.0, Wi-Fi 6, Sub-6 GHz and mmWave 5G connectivity.
Conclusion: Apple A16 Bionic vs Apple A17 Pro Chip
The Apple A17 Pro is faster and more powerful than the Apple A16 Bionic. Both in CPU, GPU, and battery efficiency, the new iPhone 15 Pro is superior.