iPhone 5s impresses in early graphics benchmarks

By , Sep 11, 2013

Apple A7 chip (Secure Enclave 001)

One of the big new features in the iPhone 5s is its A7 processor with ’64-bit desktop-class architecture.’ What these buzzwords essentially mean is that the thing is fast—Apple says the CPU is 40x faster and graphics are 56x faster than the original iPhone.

But that doesn’t really tell us much in the way of performance, does it? Luckily, an early graphics benchmark for the handset surfaced this morning that gives us a better idea of how the 5s will perform. And the results show significant gains over the iPhone 5…

MacRumors points a comparison between the results of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 on the Egypt HD 2.5 benchmark. Note how the score on the offscreen 1080p test goes from 29.8 fps (frames per second) on the 5 to 56.0 on the 5s. Nearly double—nice.

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Of course, we’ve seen first-hand that benchmarks can’t be taken at face value. They merely show what a device can do under optimal conditions, which isn’t indicative of real-world usage. In this instance, for example, the test has been optimized for the new A7.

Still the results are pretty impressive. And eventually, most developers will have optimized their apps and games for the new 64-bit processor. But until then, we’re going to count this as an example of, not necessarily proof of, the 5s’ graphic performance.

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  • Tom Brady

    So is it way faster or not? The contradicting statement at the end threw me off

    • Julio Cesar

      For the iOS, native apps and otimized apps, yes, a lot faster.

    • Sigurd Boe

      Its way faster, but for regular use I do not believe you will notice much.

      • Michael

        Regular users play games, so you will definitely see improvements vs any other device (as it has been for years)

        The statement at the end is to placate babbies that will scream BIAS. Apps will be updated to 64-bit quickly.

      • Sigurd Boe

        I disagree with you, when I use my phone “regularly” I seldom play games. Only when I discover a new game I play it for a while then never play it again. I do however play more on the iPad.

        What I regard as regular use, is finding a burger joint, using the map, and regular Cocoa gui apps without OpenGL|ES or Sprites.

        Also I know tons of people who game, very little.

        So, what you are saying is correct, but our semantic differ.

  • 123

    I know this is off the chart but Should i upgarde from iPhone 5 to iPhones 5s ?

    I am hugh fan of Apple Products. If i do can someone tell me what color should i take ? I am leaning towards the Gold version so far.

    • Tom Brady

      Lol I was thinking exactly the same thing and then I wound up losing my phone last week. So I’m definitely going to get it. But I’m undecided on the color

      • mehrab

        Space grey is nice.

    • thetomthebomb

      If u got the money go for it. I’m so getting one as soon as my contract is up

    • Danuel Carr

      Go for it. And get the Space Grey, not the Gold.

      • smtp25

        What are the doing to prevent scuffgate?

    • smtp25

      If you have the iPhone5 I’d wait for the 6, if the rumors are true about a bigger screen coming. You’ll get the 5S and for the most part aside from color and the odd game thats optimised for it be no better off.

      Then again if you are one of those people who swaps phones all the times might as well go for it. I only got the 4S because the PowerIC on my iPhone 4 died. iPhone5 was not significantly different than the 4S (I don’t think a taller screen counts bigger should have been wider too)

      • Sleetui

        But there are downfalls to having a larger screen such as more battery consumption, unless the battery is upgraded to the point where it can run normally and have no effect of any noticeable changes via battery. (Androids lol)

      • Taf Khan

        One would hope a larger screen or device would mean a larger battery both physically and in terms of usage.

        And if apple manage to pull off an IGZO display then the battery performance could be even better..

      • BoardDWorld

        Wider would have been perfect. 4.5″ with edge to edge display. The 5 was a disappointment. Completely distorted and not one of Ives proudest moments. The long display and functional but extremely odd inserts on the back veers completely off from their normal design cues of simplicity and bing easy on the eye. But hey it still sold well!

      • Sleetui

        I don’t think they wanted to change it b/c they explained that they want your thumb to be able touch everything on the screen. Can’t remember where the video or article was from.

    • Arq.Javier Cancino

      I recently upgraded from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5, an OMG, this f.. thing is fast fast, so, can’t wait to have that 5s on my hand, will not wait that long as i did with the iPhone 5,

    • Joseph A. Ahmad

      I’m doing the same thing and I would cast a vote towards space grey! But don’t let my bias change your mind though, if you like gold then get what pleases you! I can already tell from looking at the higher grade aluminum that it will feel so much better than a 5.

    • mehrab

      Hmmm if you wantnthat amazing camera that awesome speed and want the next gen of gaming for a mobile device then YUS!

  • samosa king

    WOAH!!! It’s faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800!!!

    • Marsg

      Not really, galaxy note 3 scored an average of 68 FPS on Egypt 2.5

      • Nate McKelvie

        Yes but it’s been proven that Samsung makes their phones specifically to cheat on benchmark tests, so benchmark can’t be trusted, and although there is no proof apple does this, we can’t be sure they don’t. The note 3 is amazing and I will be getting one along with an iphone 5s, we can’t trust the benchmark

      • not a spark

        Its not just benchmark apps its any app that hides the status bar so most games get the higher clocked GPU too

      • Marsg

        Antutu doesn’t hide the status bar, the reason the status bar is gone in most apps is because some developers just port over an iOS app instead of completely reworking it from the ground up to work in compliance with Android, same reason why some apps on Android go into a black screen before actually launching the app, iOS Apps go into a splash screen and load the apps in the background, Android doesn’t work the same way so you just get a black screen with a small icon on the top left hand corner before actually going into the app.

      • Michael

        Gross

      • Marsg

        No dude you’re wrong, that was a glitch in Antutu that effected only the Exynos 5 Galaxy S4 which has been patched up since then and hasn’t really effected overall score that much. Here are the comparisons of the Snapdragon 800 vs the iPhone 5, 5S, Exynos 5 (mali gpu) and the rest : The iPhone 5S and Note 3 do score the same Onscreen though at 53 fps probably because the Note 3 has 3.5x the pixels. I also threw in some of the Lg G2 prototype benchmarks leaked before release, they all match up including the theoretical GPU benchmark of the iPhone 5S with the actual result (theoretical 52 fps 2x graphics power of iPhone 5, Actual: 53 fps). Im not saying the iPhone 5S isn’t a great phone because it is no doubt but i think everyone is underestimating Qualcomm.

      • DevXav

        lol, galaxy note 3, really?
        Look at the SIZE of that device..
        Better to compare it against the Next-Gen iPad Mini or iPad 5…

      • Marsg

        its actually not that big, i have big hands so it looks like a galaxy S4 in my hand, they also all user ARM chips so tablets and phones are pretty much equal in terms of performance, its all about which device is the newest really, the newer device is going to be the more powerful, the iPhone 5S and Galaxy Note 3 are pretty close in terms of Onscreen graphics, because the Note 3 has 3.5x more pixels on the display than the iPhone 5S. Either way you shouldn’t have trouble playing Angry birds on either lol

      • mehrab

        Its nice seeing the 5s is alot faster then the 5. Benchmarks,specs dont matter at all i know that cos i Have the htc nexus4 had gs4 and note”2 nothing was able to defeat my iphone 5 in performance tests as in app launching gaming multitasking effciency and speed in doing things inside apps. This happens for apples optimization (very important reason why)and dedicated gpu.

      • samosa king

        Oh. My bad then.

  • Obsidian71

    This baby in gray/white is gonna be mine in a month. 64GB of Android arse kicking

    • Michael

      Friday after next for me. Can’t wait.

  • not a spark

    Wow only just beaten by the moto x and nvidia shield, impressive I hope heat and battery drain aren’t took high

    • TesticularFortitude

      False. We won’t know until bench marking tools support 64bit architecture.

  • Guest

    At the moment apple does not have 64bit apps. When they are introduced, there will be a significant speed bump..

  • Riaz Toorabally

    Apple does not currently have 64bit apps.. When they are introduced in the near future, there will be a significant increase in speed and stability..

    • Glorin

      They said all their big apps (iWork suite) is already optimized

  • TesticularFortitude

    It’s important to note that the benchmark tool hasn’t been optimized for 64bit architecture. This means it should be even faster than what’s shown here.

  • Joseph

    Apple clearly aimed to trick with their wording, saying that the CPU and graphics are 40x and 56x faster than the *original iPhone*. This is NOT a comparison to the iPhone 5, and it’s just Apple making an excuse to throw out big numbers in order to impress everybody.

    • TesticularFortitude

      A trick??? Apple said it’s twice as fast as the iPhone 5. Did you miss that? Jesus!!

      • Joseph

        “What these buzzwords essentially mean is that the thing is fast—Apple says the CPU is 40x faster and graphics are 56x faster than the original iPhone.”

        More like you missed what the article wrote. Apple may have said that it’s twice as fast, but refer to my below post for my argument.

      • TesticularFortitude

        There are no buzzwords… Lol. It’s twice as fast as the iPhone 5 and wayyy faster than the original. Seems only you found that to be “tricky”.

      • Joseph

        Tell Cody that there aren’t any buzzwords, then, not me. I quoted him. :p

    • Glorin

      They said it’s twice as fast and 40 times faster than the original one

      • Joseph

        But what was the point of even benchmarking it in comparison to the original? Twice as fast is something that Apple says every year about their processors, so they want to make it look more appealing, as far as I can see.

      • TesticularFortitude

        I hope you didn’t watch the keynote because that would explain your cluelessness. If you did watch it… I don’t know what to say.

    • mehrab

      Who cares about specs,benchmarks? The ipphone 5s is the fastest for its a7,gpu64bit highly optimized os anyway yawn

  • iPhone5s

    Just a question, if iPhone 5s scores 53 fps at 1136×640 and some Android phone scores the same 53 fps but with 1920×1080, does this mean that Android is more powerful? I mean, on my desktop, when I play games, if I set the resolution to maximum, I get only 60fps. But when I set it to lower resolution, it can easily double the fps. So, an Android machine generating 53 frames per second at FULL HD 1920×1080 is obviously more powerful than a machine that can only produce 53 fps at 1132×640. Is there a way how many fps can that Android get if we set it to lower resolution? Maybe it can easily score 100+ fps.

    • mehrab

      First off. I have lots of androids. Htc ones nexus 4″s and iphone 5 in gaming android devices stutter alot and barely does 50 fps at full graphics like the iphine can do due to its dedicated cpu gpu ios app store app optimization.

      • iPhone5s

        First off, I don’t think you know what you are talking about.

      • mehrab

        No look i actually do own these devices but your thinking is right idk why but in real world tests the gs4/htcone lacks to be as smooth /show graphics as well as the iphone 5 see gaming comparisons on youtube if ypu dont believe me.

    • dan_amd

      The test is ‘off screen’, which means the iPhone is rendering full 1080p, just not displaying it.

  • Guest

    power .

  • Michael

    I imagine this is a 32-bit benchmarking tool?