As expected, the iPhone 5s is way faster than the iPhone 5

By , Sep 20, 2013

Geekbench iPhone 5s

We knew it would be faster, but there’s something to be said about running benchmarks and confirming it for yourself. That’s just what I did a few seconds ago. I fired up the new Geekbench 3, which now comes with 64-bit processor support I might mention, and compared the two devices head to head.

What I found wasn’t very surprising, given Apple has stated in its press materials that the 5s is two times faster than the incumbent both in terms of CPU and GPU speed. Check past the break for the full breakdown of the results.

iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5 benchmarks

What do you think about the speed differences? Is it enough to make you consider taking the jump?

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  • Jonathan

    • felixtaf

      @Flaminghorse:disqus – Scene Stealer… lol…

      • Jonathan

        How so?

      • felixtaf

        Jus kidding for the upvotes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Guest

      How are we sure that this ain’t iOS 7 slowing down the iPhone 5?

  • Iphone geek

    Imma stay with the 5

    • M ๏ฃฟ

      Imma buy iPhone 6.

      Hey iDB, any rumors? :p

      • Rowan09

        Too early I would assume but I can only imagine. It will definitely have a bigger screen which I will welcome.

      • M ๏ฃฟ

        I’ve known Apple for a while, mark my words:
        – New design, 4.3″? 720p? Yes, probably.
        – Slightly better CPU, 2GB RAM (remember 4S to 5?)
        – Better Camera, 10MP? (obviously, since the current one is 3 years old)
        – Battery is better? Yes 5% better ๐Ÿ˜€ :@

        – NFC? Hmmmm… Nah! :S
        – 128GB? Most likely, since 64-bit requires more storage ๐Ÿ˜‰
        About the new design, I’m guessing it will be like the shape of the original iPhone, but thinner, lighter.

        That’s what I think Apple will introduce us next year.

        Best wishes

      • Farbod

        its not three years old… cameras have more to them than megapixels. i think apple may keep 8mp for a while until they make the minimum storage option 32GB or something. because the higher the megapixels, the more the size, but not necessarily quality of the image.

      • M ๏ฃฟ

        I know that there more than just MPs, but you may not know how Apple market their products ๐Ÿ™‚
        The new iPhone must have a new design, a new camera (120fps @ 1080p?), 32GB minimum storage for sure…

  • omrishtam

    omfg if it is double the iphone 5 and i still have an iphone 3gs……OMFG I WANT THIS NOW!!!!!



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      • omrishtam


      • ian amante


      • Abhinav Chaudhary


      • Osama Muhammed


      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        hahah, it was actually so fun ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Matt

      So get it…?

      • omrishtam

        i will in about a month!!!!

      • I have to wait until December โ€”____โ€”

      • omrishtam

        actually it comes to my country in about december also but my granny is flying to US in two weeks so she can bring me one ๐Ÿ˜€ i love her timing….

    • username

      I bet you have been saving money since you got the 3GS to get the 5s I know apple is expensive, I don’t think I will buy one.

      • omrishtam

        actually i have been saving for about a year or less (i am 15) and i got my 3gs from my mom about 2 years ago when she bought her iphone 4s……but i am sure it is worth it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • username

    Still the screen is small, suits barbie girl fans, with the iOS 7 design….perfect

    • Julio Cesar

      People who believe that screen size is the most important thing in the world is kinda like people that are unhappy with the size of his penis.

      Come on, if you need a bigger screen get an tablet.
      Imagine you making calls with a device with 6,6″ display…
      How dumb it is?
      I would really like if an Android device with 4″ to 4,7″ has the same performance… But there’s no device with that screen size to beat the iPhone. Unfortunately.

      • username

        Nexus 4- 2x the better performance 5 times cheaper but too bad they are all sold out because at the price of 200$ for a device like that, it’s mega cheap.

      • Julio Cesar

        2x? Seriously? I have an Nexus 4, I just downloaded the Geekbench to verify:

        Nexus 4
        Single-Core Score: 514
        Multi-Core Score: 1544

        iPhone 5s
        Single-Core Score: 1411
        Multi-Core Score: 2554

        In single-core score even the iPhone 5 is better.
        2x better performance? Tell me more…

      • ClaudieX X

        hahaha… KO !!!

      • omrishtam

        DAMN DAT BURN!

      • mehrab

        Lol please those are just numbers in reality its even more worse, such as my 4s was faster then my nexus 4 in almost everything and handles gaming so MUCH better.

      • felixtaf

        You know what you are talking and he doesnt!!!

      • John714


      • mehrab

        My nexus 4 was slower then my iphone 4s you mad bro? -.-

      • Nate McKelvie

        the nexus 4 is not faster than the iphone 5, it sure as hell isnt faster than the new 5s

      • Damian W

        It is not all about the specs, but also about the quality and the actual performance. I highly doubt Nexus can perform and deliver better quality than iPhone 5 despite having higher numbers in specs.. Can it open a website faster than 0.01 sec? Oh wait maybe iPhone opens it in 0.02, so would it mean Nexus is better?

        It is the same story with the camera and the pixels. Pixels in the camera are not important once you cross a certain threshold. It is all about the lens and lightning. But people look at the pixels and think Samsung can take better pictures than iPhone. Wrong.

        After all, we all know Android tends to suck in a long run. So you will be better off sticking to iOS.

      • Freddie

      • lemonhead

        How do you compare a penis with a device at all ???
        Whaat? Haha

        So I’m unhappy with the size of my penis, what now. Should I get a girlfriend with a tighter pussy ?

        That comparisson is soooo out of place, but indeed funny.

      • Julio Cesar

        haha, not really, this makes a lot of sense…
        Think about it: people loves the performance of the iPhone, but hate the screen size…

        It’s like “I feel great having sex with my wife, but make me feel bad because his butt makes my dick look small”

        So it’s inversely proportional, performance and screen size. Unfortunately. HAHA

      • Alex Rodriguez

        Big Cars,
        Big phone,
        Lil PP


      • Julio Cesar

        HAHAHA, something like this
        “Hey look how big is my phone!”
        “woah, that is great man”
        “Thanks ((they will never know about my dick)) “

      • Alex Rodriguez

        Or better yet:

        Hey you see that in my pants… It’s my 4.7 inch phone. Ohh yea!!

        Muy Grande

      • Cuylar

        I always chuckle when I see someone with a Samsung Note make a “phone call” like it’s not silly….

      • Freddie

        LOL I don’t chuckle… I burst laughing!

      • taki

        after a few minutes call, then the Galaxy Note user is laughing for the rest of the time, while using the phablet’s beautiful & large screen + the functional stylus. LOL

      • not a spark

        HTC one bro

      • Julio Cesar

        Great! Maybe that’s the “one”!

        iPhone 5s
        —CPU (Geekbench 3)
        Single-Core Score: 1411
        Multi-Core Score: 2554
        —GPU (GLBenchmark)
        36.7 fps
        —RAM 1333 MHz LPDDR3

        HTC One (Google Edition)
        —CPU (Geekbench 3)
        Single-Core Score: 602
        Multi-Core Score: 1725
        —GPU (GLBenchmark)
        14.6 fps
        —RAM 533 MHz LPDDR3

        Hum, oh, not really.

      • not a spark

        The processor is only one part of a phone, you seem to think which ever has the better performance is the better phone which is completer shite. The HTC one has more than enough performance for even the most intense games and all the extra performance of the iPhone 5s is just being wasted.

        Anyway as I was saying their are more important things than just performance such as: Operating system, apps, screen, battery life, build quality and design, connectivity,sound and camera. Out of all those listed the iPhone 5s probably only wins in one, and that Is apps. IMO the HTC one has the better OSas its way more customizable and feature packed, a way better and larger screen, not sure about battery life but the one has a much bigger battery, build quality both are good but I prefer HTC ones design, connectivity HTC one wins again with NFC and ir blaster and sound of the one is amazing with its boomsound speakers. And wewill have to wait for a camera ccomparison.

      • Julio Cesar

        Thanks, that means that I prefer an iPhone 5s.

        NFC is useless in countries that don’t use it (like Brazil).
        Larger screen? Really? What about “preference”?
        I don’t really feel comfortably even with the Nexus 4 that I have.
        If I want a big screen I can get an tablet.

        I really prefer iOS because of the AppStore and Cydia.
        Design? I prefer the iPhone 5s.
        Why I’ll need “boomsound speakers” ? Speakers for me is only for ringtones or hear game sounds, if I want great sound quality, I can just use my professional earphones or plug it in a great home theater.

        I’m developer of iOS and Android apps, but I still need an better Android device, but for my primary device, iPhone 5s for sure, hope to get it soon.

      • omrishtam

        damn burn lol

  • tuma

    i want video proof!

  • 5ingularity

    Whats the point? i don’t find my iphone 5 slow at all. I know the 5s has a beast GPU, but there is really no need for it, the 4in display is tiny..

    • Kurt

      speed is great, but screen is small. That’s my number one reason I’m switching to the Note 3. Hopefully next year we will have an iPhablet. I could possibly switch back for that.

      • Andy

        I would say 4.7″ is the perfect size for me, similar to the HTC One.

      • omrishtam

        my max is 4.3″ and i think that 4″ is also VERY nice….i dont want an iPhad

      • Kurt

        I don’t know what would be the perfect size for me. I haven’t really use another phone much. But have always been impressed with the Note. Hopefully I will like it. I’m really excited. 3.5″ is killing me. In 2007, though, I thought it was huge!

      • Amadhya Jain

        Trust me, you will like the phone. I too was using an iPhone 3GS and then switched to the Galaxy Note 2. No problems so far. When I was buying it, I too wasn’t very sure if I would be able to handle the device but now, after using it for 9 months, I can never go back to a 3.5 inch screen. 4 inches on the i5,5s and5c are not bad but still are too small according to me. My Note 2 is a beast. The best part about it is its battery. It kinda never runs out. And the S-Pen has proved to be useful at many stages. I am currently a student (9th grade, lol) and find my Note 2 very handy for making quick notes. Besides, so many times I don’t even realise that I am using the S-Pen. For instance, when I’m in the parking lot and have to note the pillar number, I just take out my S-Pen and scribble on the screen.
        I am pretty sure that the Note 3 will turn out to be an even Bette beast and you would love it. When I have my cousins at my house, the iPhone freaks, they would first pull down and then I would tell them that the Note 2 already has this feature and they would be like “Ohk, didn’t expect Samsung to make something as good…but still, it atleast is not as good as the iPhone when we talk about app quality” That is actually the only trick they are able to pull to infer that the iPhone is better. And after all this, they would spend hours playing on the phone (using S-Pen) and watching movies and tv shows.

      • Kurt

        Such good points. App quality is so important, but so is a large screen. Why would they spend so much time watching videos on your Note 2. iPhones can do that but not as enjoyable. The apps you have and they have are more enjoyable on a larger screen. Baby screens were great in 2007. Quite a long time ago. Here majority of phones are phablets. So when my wife so a person holding there little phone she said, is that a mp3 player. It’s so small. She took a closer look and realized it was an iphone 4S, same as her. Everyone seems to have phablets in Korea. I actually feel embarrassed holding my little 4S. It can’t do all the things their phones can. My phone only has a good app selection. Their phones are larger and have more functions and lag isn’t a problem in Android anymore so my phone is inferior.

  • p1noyako

    iPhone 5s 999MB memory?

    • omrishtam

      it is because that the iphone 5 and 5c has lpddr2 (which is an older memory type) and the iphone 5s has lpddr3 which is the newer so there is probably some kind of a restriction or a specific build for the memory….but basicly it is better

      • Julio Cesar

        LPDDR3 is a lot better…
        But think about it: 1333MHz … That’s really fast.
        Don’t really know another device with RAM like this.

      • omrishtam

        I don’t think that there another device with this RAM….

  • Leon Everett

    No no no no no!! Bigger and faster! Geez

  • Matt Taylor

    Still a gig of ram lol, competitors have been double this for like two generations now! Wow Apple, just wow… The A7X had better be two gigs or you’re just taking the Pi$$!

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    • Julio Cesar

      You know that iOS consumes less RAM than Windows Phone and Android, right?
      In the case of the Android, it’s like the desktop version of Google Chrome… The more RAM you have the more it consumes.

      Could tell me, when you actully feel that you need more RAM on your device?

      Anyway, about the iPad, I really think that will have much more RAM… Why? 64-bit desktop-class processor…
      Think about it, maybe iPad will run OS X sooner or later…
      The new SOC will make it totally possible.

      • mehrab

        It wont matter he wont believe you.

      • Julio Cesar

        Ah, I feel sad for people that actually believe in all the lies of the marketing…

        “Here, we have a lot of RAM! This gonna… err… Make your device better! err… You must to believe!”

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Blah blah blah

      • Julio Cesar

        Yeah, marketing says blah blah blah all the time.

      • mehrab

        “13 MP CAM beats out 8 mp easily”
        “Octa core” tell me about it

      • Julio Cesar

        Huge amount of megapixels? What people are trying to shot? An outdoor?

        Actually, one single core of the iPhone 5s (even of the 5 / 5c) are better than one single core of any other device… It’s easy to see.

      • Matt Taylor

        Yes I know iOS consumes less! Frankly I am sick of narrow minded Apple fan boys saying the same shit… iDevices use less ram bla bla bla! Do you know why less ram is used… Because the nature in which apps are put in a suspended state and not run simultaneously! However, in the case that you are producing music (like me, and many others) you can choose to run those particular apps all at the same time (similar to how backgrounder would work on a jailbroken device) to achieve the multiple simultaneous sounds you need, using midi and or Audiobus! And in those scenarios even an iPad4 (1gb of ram) lags out like a bitch!

        There is even a new framework in iOS7 that allows music apps to work together, similarly to Audiobus functionality, but natively! Now Apple are putting 64bit architecture in iDevices as well to close the gap between tablet and laptop for example, pro users such as musicians are going to need more than a gig of ram in these case scenarios! Two gig is fine and is being used by competitors and has been for a long time, so it’s time for Apple to accommodate this section of the market and make iDevices that much better, even if 70% of people will not need or notice it!

    • mehrab

      My htc one/gs4 comsumes more ram and runs out faster then my iphone *5* and this is the 5s* which is much better in efery way it has a faster more efficient ram

    • Freddie

      The amount of RAM a device says nothing about it. Apple only uses the amount of RAM their software needs. Why put extra when they know their software won’t require it?

      • Matt Taylor

        No, you are dumb mf! Here is a quote from another comment as I cba to type it all again!

        “Yes I know iOS consumes less! Frankly I am sick of narrow minded Apple fan boys saying the same shit… iDevices use less ram bla bla bla! Do you know why less ram is used… Because the nature in which apps are put in a suspended state and not run simultaneously! However, in the case that you are producing music (like me, and many others) you can choose to run those particular apps all at the same time (similar to how backgrounder would work on a jailbroken device) to achieve the multiple simultaneous sounds you need, using midi and or Audiobus! And in those scenarios even an iPad4 (1gb of ram) lags out like a bitch!

        There is even a new framework in iOS7 that allows music apps to work together, similarly to Audiobus functionality, but natively! Now Apple are putting 64bit architecture in iDevices as well to close the gap between tablet and laptop for example, pro users such as musicians are going to need more than a gig of ram in these case scenarios! Two gig is fine and is being used by competitors and has been for a long time, so it’s time for Apple to accommodate this section of the market and make iDevices that much better, even if 70% of people will not need or notice it!”

  • Alex Bernal

    Is geekbench optimized for an architecture of 64 bits? …. I doubt ….

    • Johannes Mertens

      It is.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Hmm, did u even read his words? I thot not.

    • Jovani Hernandez

      Obviously you didn’t read the whole article.

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    Sooooo, I dont think those extras milliseconds would do anything for me. is not like when i open an app i have to wait forever to actually use it on my IP5

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Must not b getting a 5s then. Aww

    • Pit

      “Geekbench 3 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 2500 (which is the score of an Intel Core i5-2520M @ 2.50 GHz)”

      Iphone 5S has 2500+,think about it.

  • ongxa

    Iphone5 Jailbreak overclock to 3.3GHZ well smoke iphone5s.
    You can’t jailbreak iphone5s.

    • not a spark

      Yeah because it would be totoallly safe to overlock from 1.3 to 3.3. Also I don’t think even jail broken there is a way to overclock

      • ongxa

        Go to Youtube how to make Iphone faster.after you done .
        you well see.

  • mahe

    I’ll skip the 5s and the 6 to wait for the 6s ๐Ÿ™‚

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      You might died by than, hope you don’t just saying.

      • mahe

        Well … I’m still using my old iPhone4 (iOS 6.1.2 jailbroken I don’t know if I go to iOS 7) for work and the iPhone5 (iOS 6.1.2 jailbroken) for the private stuff.
        So it shouldn’t be a big deal to wait 2 years for a 6s, as long as the iPhone5 doesn’t break of course.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Why wait, you want something buy it. You want something else buy it. Can’t take it with you when you die. The 3 L’s – Laugh, Love, Live.

      • mahe

        But I don’t need it by now and so I don’t really want it …
        As said, I’m still using the iPhone4 at work and it works like a charm …

      • GuyBey0ndC00L


  • mrmaster198

    iPhone 6 predictions:
    no more 16gb
    32 GB starts at 199 and goes up to 128 GB
    1080p display (4.3)
    2.5 gb ram
    10-14 mp camera
    Impossibly thin and light
    LTE-Advanced (or whatever is new at the time)
    Some sort of SuperAmoled type display to turn off some pixels of the screen when not in use, to save battery (like in the Moto X)
    Siri to wake phone, and perform commands without the use of a button (maybe implemented in ios 8)

    4 microphones (idk why)
    BOLD PREDICTION: iOS 8 is more open source (keyboards, etc.)
    New color: Navy blue
    Improved speaker (almost making the need for external speakers useless)
    More TouchID integration
    Colors look closest to real life on the display

    Anything else, I didnt include?

    • not a spark

      Why 2.5 GB of ram? I think 1.5 GB would be better (less battery drain)

  • James

    I gotta get on that ‘S’ rotation.

  • not a spark

    Man this things a beast, its only just beaten by snapdragon 800 devices and they are quadcore while this is dual core. Now I want to see graphics benchmarks please.

    • mehrab

      Correction it beated snapdragon 800″s in benchmakrs of almost all kinds from gpu cpu to ram

      • not a spark

        Proof plz and ram I different for different devices, two devices could both have snap dragon 800 but different ram speeds.

      • mehrab

        Okay note 3 geek bench 3- 958 single core 2809 multicore (international variant) that makes it a total of 3767
        Iphone 5s- 1400 single and multi is 2523 which makes it 3923 guess who won? NOT TO MENTION THE NOTE 3 is boosting its speed by 20 percent.
        5s also won sunspjder browermark and most gpu tests.
        The numbers are from geekbenches offcial website
        Annnnd i tested both devices the 5s is faster then the note 3 at literally everything. But the note 3 is still pretty fast itself.

      • not a spark

        You don’t add up the multi and single core…. That is completely idiotic, you just look at multi core for overall performance so note 3 wins. The iPhone does win Sunspider and browser mark but they are more about browser optimisation than hardware power. And the note 3 wins gfx trex off screen 26.2 fps vs 24.6 fps. So how exactly does the a7 beat the s800?

      • mehrab

        Actually most you tests the 5s won and guess what? 80 percent of apps use single core performance like Facebook and Twitter etc. the 5s loaded up stock apps quicker loaded up web pages quicker ran Facebook Twitter Google plus Instagram much more quicker and loaded up temple run 2, need for speed most wanted,FIFA 14 QUICKER and had more stronger VISUALS Apple never won benchmarks this time they ARE. and they always won at real life tests which they still are. See MORE gpu tests btw compare them in real life and you”ll see who wins

      • not a spark

        Whoa whoa whoa buddy you getting off track this isn’t a note 3 vs iPhone 5s comparison what I said in OP was ‘this things a beast only just beaten by snap dragon 800’ so what were comparing Is apple a7 vs snapdragon 800 not ios vs android not Samsung vs android. So according to nearly all benchmarks the snapdragon 800 device (note 3) beats the apple a7 device (the iPhone 5s) so I stand corrected.

      • mehrab

        Not really ๐Ÿ™‚ the 5s beats it on benchmarks (80 percent of the time) and the g2 is slower then the 5s tested that also. Just waiting for the new experias which will be slower too I’m pretty sure and then boom snapdragon 800 is nothing just like how the Tehran 3 was gonna beat the a5 but in reality it sucked balls show me some benchmarks where the snapdragons beat the a7 you”ll find a few (barely)

      • not a spark

        What benchmarks??? Not geek bench, looking at the scores I can see three devices better than the iPhone 5s, the note 3,xperia z1 (which isn’t actually clocked at full speed) and the xperia z ultra. The same applies to the gfx benchmarks so what exactly does the iPhone win? I guess I would like to see a 3dmark score.

      • mehrab

        3dmark is acutally a bad benchmarking tool anyway your soooooo right

      • mehrab

        As i said. Most benchmarks are won by the 5s and in reality the 5s beats everything

  • @dongiuj

    This pretty much happened last time with the iPhone 5 and 4s comparisons. I compared my 5 and my wife’s 4s and saw no difference in performance between them. Lies

  • anonymous

    in ma galaxy s4 got 3000+ … explain that ?

    • coowkeee

      yeah, gs4 have 3k geekbench, but it is not performing like it says in GB. >.< it is not smooth as iphones. i have both phones and it is true.

      • David Villamizar

        Samsung over-clocks the processor when in benchmarks, so the performance in benchmarks is something you will never get when using it. You should read Anandtech reviews, they explain everything deeply, and the iPhone 5s is by far over the GS4 in their criteria.

    • BoardDWorld

      As said below all recent galaxy devices automatically raise clock speeds for performance tests. At no other time will it reach the same clock speeds.

  • Sorn Sereyvibol

    iPhone 5s single core score equal iPhone 5 muti-core score

  • Pablo

    Please talk about the performance of iphone 4 and 4s running iOS7, I read on winocm’s twitter (I think) that iOS7 is really slow on i4, talking about it would be great for owners of different iphones to decide if they will upgrade or not

  • Stephen Michael Simon

    My 4S is much faster with iOS 7 and haven’t had any issues. I was going to get the 5S no matter what but I have been blown away by the new internal specs. Let those who want to complain, I love what they did with it!

  • Canchume

    soooo the iphone 5 have more ram than the 5s ?

    • ongxa

      Old new you can have all 60gb of ram .
      For iphone5 jailbreake.
      just got to youtube .
      How to make iphone5 more ram.

  • ongxa

    As expected, the iPhone 5 is way faster than the iPhone 5s
    Don’t waste you money.ios7 look like for kids.
    If you have iphone5 jailbreake you can make it look like ios7 any time .
    and chang back to any ios.anytime.
    and have it run faster then
    iphone5s and you safe from bug.and don’t need to tell your finger print to any 1.
    remember no one record your call.Look at the new every body know who you call when and where.
    and now is you for real your finger print said so is you.