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A11 Bionic Chip in iPhone 8 and iPhone X on Par With 13-Inch MacBook Pro, Outperforms iPad Pro

The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X are equipped with a six-core A11 chip, which Apple says brings some major improvements over the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. The chip features two performance cores and four efficiency cores.

Early Geekbench scores for iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices suggest that not only does the new A11 significantly outperform the A10, it beats the A10X Fusion in the iPad Pro and it is on par with the chips in Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro models.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/a11-bionic-chip-in-iphone-8-and-iphone-x-on-par-with-13-inch-macbook-pro-outperforms-ipad-pro.2067035/

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audiokid Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:58

mobile processing seems to be there but the usb buss or interfacing to include pro audio interfacing still lacks. I suspect wireless will be where they overcome this.

I have the new RODE stereo mics for my iphone 6 and they sound great. Not that they compare by any means to my high end mics but they get the job done for what the kids are listing to on youtube.

kmetal Wed, 09/13/2017 - 22:15

audiokid, post: 452736, member: 1 wrote: mobile processing seems to be there but the usb buss or interfacing to include pro audio interfacing still lacks. I suspect wireless will be where they overcome this.

I have the new RODE stereo mics for my iphone 6 and they sound great. Not that they compare by any means to my high end mics but they get the job done for what the kids are listing to on youtube.

Interesting point about wireless interfacing. I was thinking more along the lines of being (semi) tethered to a power cable as far as limiting factors. I wonder if wireless charging will take over in the near future. Or if we will have to suffer through swappable batteries (like lithion power tools for instance), or will batteries evolve further like say micro nuclear, or something where battery life is years long.

One feature I'd love to see is much higher storage capacity in mobile devices. With HD/4K capabilities in the iPhones, they fill up quickly. And The iCloud and iCloud drives just aren't really drag and drop, and still require space on your phone for any file your working with.

Seems like relative audio quality is lagging behind relative video quality. I think it's a saying in the restaurant industry that people eat with their eyes.

I'm surprised more audio interfaces aren't running off battery power. Millennia has a battery powered pre, and sound devices have battery powered recorders. But it's a pretty narrow set of choices in that area.

I feel the built in mic is decent enough in my iPhone 6 for those instant idea stuff. Enough where I haven't felt the need to add on a Rode like you've got, for those purposes.

audiokid Wed, 09/13/2017 - 22:27

man, it is hard to predict where audio will be in a few years. I'm constantly looking through GS classified and I'm seeing less and less gear I would ever be interested in. I am glad I sold most of my rig a few years back. It was painful, necessary but I also knew we were heading into a new era and most of what I use, was going to become as obsolete as cable is.

I suspect DAW's will become a subscribe as well. Which will remove conflicts and bloat that likely causes a mass amount of crashing and trouble.

kmetal Wed, 09/13/2017 - 23:37

audiokid, post: 452739, member: 1 wrote: man, it is hard to predict where audio will be in a few years. I'm constantly looking through GS classified and I'm seeing less and less gear I would ever be interested in. I am glad I sold most of my rig a few years back. It was painful, necessary but I also knew we were heading into a new era and most of what I use, was going to become as obsolete as cable is.

I suspect DAW's will become a subscribe as well. Which will remove conflicts and bloat that likely causes a mass amount of crashing and trouble.

I can imagine the brutality you went through during the downsize. I think a few guys around here have faced that. I've got little left, but my setup was so weak to begin with.

At the studio 85% of the work we did was editing or mixing with the client in the CR, or overdubs. I didn't even turn on the racks half the time. It opened my eyes to how recordings came together.

My forecast is a centralized/shared tracking facility or studio, with individualized editing and mix suites, either in the same building and/or remote.

I think Daw are going to be what servers are now, which is possibly what your alluding too? Basically I think the heavy duty computers are gonna be far away from the end user, who will essentially tap into it, just like how you can edit your website from your phone. Besides standardizing audio computing, it leaves more money or time for the recordist to focus on mics and monitoring and basically I think end up in better, smaller front ends connected wirelessly or Ethernet.

Having been thinking about this a lot, I started to realize how many top engineers have been renting studio rooms their career, and don't own much gear. I think it was Al Schmitt, who said he doesn't own hardly any of the gear he uses besides his healthy mic collection. It's all capitol records studios, gear, and associated maintenance.

To me computer technology can replace most of what the classsic studios hardware was, what I'm not sure of is how or if it can replace the acoustic space and treatment reuqired for accurate monitoring, and complimentary tracking rooms. Mixing can go a long a way towards the tracking room replacement, as you know with your bricasti. And I think that accurate monitoring everywhere, may be more evasive, but eventual. We really haven't seen much innovation in sound reproduction or acoustic treatment materials. I mean the speaker is still a box with drivers in it.

What would be cool is the point when you can playback the audio directly from your mind. Like how you can think up a riff and play in on the guitar. Essentially the elimination of the transducers we take for granted. Instruments, mics, and speakers. I love those rare occasions when what's coming back thru the speakers or thru the guitar, is in fact matching the little soundtrack in my head.

I mean VR goggles can put you visually anywhere, and dreams seem pretty real sometimes. It gets almost to a chemical or metaphysical level as soon as you start taking the physical space and air borne sound waves out of the equation. And so bionic audio begins lol.

I know I would have enjoyed myself a lot, in the hiatus, had I been able to just sign into RO and start mixing or tracking on the server. Or Donny perhaps been able to tap into your rig for Terry's album when his ram stick went bad.

guitarist and singer chuck shuldiner has a song called 1,000 eyes, about how "privacy and intimacy as we know it, will be a memory". I think we are witnessing that evolution unfold. I like to look on the positive side of it, seeing how cool it is to talk with you guys about audio, when I'd otherwise not know you at all, that as an artist or producer or co engineer there's a ton of potential to find people on your wavelength worldwide.

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