The dispute between Apple and the government has restored issues among personal privacy supporters that producing backdoors would weaken public security, while security professionals argue that the federal government already has the ability to gain access to encrypted devices without Apple's aid. Earlier, Tianfeng International analyst Guo Minghao, pointed out that Apple will release the new iPad Pro in the first half of 2020.
"We are looking at an incredible 15 billion transistors", he said, adding that this would be "more than all but the largest high-end desktop and server CPUs and GPUs". "It's huge. It's so big that I wouldn't be entirely surprised if Apple shrunk the total chip area a bit to around 85 mm square and around 12.5 billion transistors". The report also claims camera sensors of each of the four 2020 iPhones.
The A14 chipset could score of around 1,500-1,600 on single-core performance test and a score of around 4,500-5,000 on the multi-core performance test. As an example, a 6GB to 8GB RAM configurations have been available on many Android-powered smartphones for years now. Lastly, the higher transistor budget will also lead to certain improvements in the machine learning abilities of the chip.
The report comes in the middle of a heated standoff between Apple and the Trump administration over personal privacy and public safety, which was reignited this week after the company refused to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock a mass shooter's iPhones.
All said and done, these are educated guesses on what the Apple A14 Bionic will boast about. The article goes into depth on the effects that switching to a 5 nm node could have for Apple's next SoC, and is well worth a read if you are interested in understanding the differences between the 5 nm and 7 nm processes. Expect solid information to trickle when we come closer to the launch, later this year.