Apple is known for their sleek products and industry leading designs, but in the background, they are also one of the leading chip designers in the world. Their System-on-Chip (SOC) which runs their best selling iPhones are legendary, but Apple has been playing with and designing ARM chips far longer than you think. Here we study the evolution of the Apple A-series SOC which generally serves as the main processor for their iPhones, iPads and other devices.
Qualcomm updated their mobile chip offering for 2022 in late November 2021. Unlike previous iterations, the new chip has a new naming convention, dubbed SnapDragon 8 Generation 1. The name change signifies a paradigm shift for Qualcomm as the manufacturer uses a brand new architecture for the SnapDragon 8 Gen 1. Since then, the SnapDragon 8 Gen has appeared on the usual suspects of flagship phones: the Xiaomi 12, Samsung Galaxy S22 series, Motorola Edge 20 Ultra and the Oneplus 11 Pro.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ is the updated version of 888. It is basically an improved version of the 888 with a slightly faster base clock speed of 3.0 GHz instead of 2.84GHz in the base 888. There is no new cores introduced in the SOC but any code compiled for 888 will works seamlessly for 888+.
The 888+ was unveiled in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2021. As mentioned earlier, the 888+ is basically a higher speed version of the 888.