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The large-scale test of Apple A15 Bionic shows how unattainable this platform is for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

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AnandTech conducted a large-scale and detailed performance test of the Apple A15 Bionic SoC. Unlike numerous tests on the Web, in this case, the source’s experts assessed the capabilities of the new platform not just in games or applications. This makes the test more theoretical, since in practice there can be many nuances, but it allows you to evaluate the achievements of Apple engineers in dry form.

To begin with, let’s remember that the A15 Bionic is a single-chip system manufactured using the 5 nm process technology. It contains two high-performance processor cores and four energy-efficient ones. There is also a GPU with five computing units and an improved 16-core NPU.

Tests show that large SoC cores can run at up to 3240 MHz with a single core load and up to 3180 MHz when both are loaded. Small cores can reach 2016 MHz anyway. For comparison, the Apple A14 Bionic has similar values ​​of 2998, 2890 and 1823 MHz, respectively.

Now let’s go directly to the tests. The source used the SPEC CPU 2017 software package, at the same time comparing the results of the A15 with the A14, Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100. In addition, large and small cores of all platforms were separately tested.

The large-scale test of Apple A15 Bionic shows how unattainable this platform is for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

Starting with the high-performance cores, you can clearly see that they are absolutely always faster than all competitors in the A15 Bionic. Only in a few subtests the difference with the A14 Bionic is minimal. At the same time, top-end solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung sometimes lag by half. At the same time, the large cores of the A15 Bionic are also almost always more energy efficient than competing solutions.

The large-scale test of Apple A15 Bionic shows how unattainable this platform is for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

As for the small cores in the A15 Bionic, they look even more interesting relative to the Cortex-A55. The difference in performance can be fivefold or higher, but even more impressive is the fact that in some subtests the energy-efficient A15 Bionic cores are not much weaker than the high-performance Cortex-A78! That said, the difference in energy efficiency is, of course, colossal.

The large-scale test of Apple A15 Bionic shows how unattainable this platform is for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

The diagram above shows how much the Apple A15 Bionic outperforms most processors in mobile SoCs. And the performance of the processor in the A15 Bionic in integer computing surpasses not only the SoC M1, but also the top-end Intel Rocket Lake processors, being on par with the Ryzen 9 5950X.

The large-scale test of Apple A15 Bionic shows how unattainable this platform is for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

The large-scale test of Apple A15 Bionic shows how unattainable this platform is for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

The large-scale test Apple A15 Bionic shows how this platform is unattainable for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

GPU performance is measured using conventional benchmarks. The results are excellent, but here it is worth recalling the behavior of the new iPhones in resource-intensive games, when after a few minutes the screen brightness decreases by 50%, and the performance drops. And this is a good reminder that the tests themselves can sometimes have nothing to do with reality.

The source also confirms significant throttling, citing the thermal design of the new iPhones as one of the worst on the market. In particular, Apple uses a dual system board, and the SoC is located on the inside, which clearly does not contribute to good heat dissipation.

On the other hand, the authors also meticulously approached testing in games. And, for example, in Genshin Impact, where throttling of Apple smartphones is very active, the picture on these smartphones is much better than on competitors.

The large-scale test Apple A15 Bionic shows how this platform is unattainable for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

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The large-scale test Apple A15 Bionic shows how this platform is unattainable for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The large-scale test Apple A15 Bionic shows how this platform is unattainable for solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung

iPhone 13 Pro Max As you can see, the detail is much better, and some of the visual effects on Android smartphones are simply not there. True, why all this, if you still can’t play normally, is not very clear.

The bottom line is the A15 Bionic is by far the most productive and energy efficient top-end SoC for smartphones, which sometimes manages to surpass even the very successful SoC M1 in Apple laptops. However, real tests in real conditions and applications sometimes reveal the other side of the coin.

Of course, don’t forget that Apple always releases its smartphones in the fall, while the rest of the market is updating generations at the beginning of the year. And it turns out that now the A15 Bionic is competing with the Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100, but in the next few months it will have to fight with the new platforms of Qualcomm and Samsung. However, this does not negate the impressive results of Apple’s decision.

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Vulnerability in WinRAR allows code to run without the user’s knowledge

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To carry out an attack, you need to create a malicious Wi-Fi access point, hack a router, and spoof DNS.

Positive Technologies Igor Sak-Sakovsky discovered a dangerous vulnerability in the WinRAR file archiver. An issue identified as CVE-2021-35052 exists in the WinRAR web notifier, which is used to display trial period expiration messages. The vulnerability affects WinRAR versions prior to 6.02 beta 1.

To display a message about the expiration of the trial period, the web component redirects to HHPS: //notifier.win-rar.com/. The vulnerability allows a remote unauthorized person to intercept requests sent to them and thereby carry out a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack, create a backdoor, and even remotely execute code.

As explained by the researcher, the vulnerability exists due to the use of the incorrectly configured webbrowser module by the web notifier component.

According to Sak-Sakovsky, in order to carry out an MITM attack through this vulnerability, an attacker needs to create a malicious Wi-Fi access point, hack a router and spoof DNS, or be on the same network with the victim.

An attacker can use an SMB server to execute code remotely, but there are restrictions on the black list of executable file extensions. So, when you run files with the bat, vbs, exe and msi extensions, a message about the malicious file will appear, suggesting possible actions with them. However, since WinRAR does not have an automatic update mechanism, and vulnerable versions are common, attackers can bypass the restrictions and hide the launch using old exploits for WinRAR or Microsoft Office.

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Vodafone is suing the UK over a contract to develop a hacker-proof communication line

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The company considers it unfair that the contract was awarded to Fujitsu, although both bidders did not meet the requirements.

Mobile operator Vodafone filed in court against the UK government after losing a tender to develop a hacker-proof communications system, in which the Japanese company Fujitsu also took part.

Although both bidders were found to have failed to meet the government’s minimum requirements, Vodafone believes Fujitsu was unfairly awarded a £ 184m ($ 254m) contract to improve the communications system used by 532 British embassies and other agencies.

The Echo 2 project aims to provide secure communications for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, employees and agents in over 170 countries.

According to the government, the current communications system operated by Vodafone is “outdated” and poses a risk to national security.

Vodafone went to court after Cable & Wireless, acquired by the operator in 2012, lost its long-term contract for the Echo 1.

“We do not believe that the procurement process was carried out correctly. The contracting authority itself admitted that the Fujitsu Solution was ‘not fit for purpose,’ said a Vodafone spokesman.

According to foreign ministry lawyers, Fujitsu’s proposal had problems with two requirements, but generally met the terms of the tender. Fujitsu representatives did not comment on the situation.

The trial in this case is scheduled for January 2022. The court allowed the UK government to enter into a “conditional contract” with Fujitsu. The details of the contract were not disclosed due to security concerns.

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Smartwatches are under $ 100. LeTV Watch W6 presented

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LeEco has already presented the LeTV S1 smartphone as part of its return to the market, and now it has also shown a smart watch.

The LeTV Watch W6 model is offered at a price of $ 95, and is now available for $ 80 at all. At the same time, there is a good set of characteristics.

There is an AMOLED display with a diameter of 1.39 inches, there is protection against water (IP67), autonomy is two to three days with normal use and up to a week in standby mode.

The watch doesn’t seem to have an operating system, but there are dozens of watch faces, a heart rate sensor, a pulse oximeter function, sleep monitoring, and a workout tracking function (seven types of load). But there is no GPS module here.

The watch weighs 70 g and works with both Android and iOS.

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