Geekbench (iPhone 6, image 003)

Conveniently timed just ahead of Apple’s big reveal at 10a. PT / 1pm ET, an alleged Geekbench benchmark of Apple’s unreleased iPhone 6 smartphone surfaced online Tuesday morning. The scores suggest that the Apple-designed A8 chip powering the forthcoming handset still has the same 1GB of RAM as prior iPhones.

However, Apple seems to have increased the A8’s clock frequency marginally, going from the 1.3GHz inside the iPhone 5s slightly up to 1.4GHz on the iPhone 6.

Geekbench scores come via the same Weibo user “zzray” who made a video of a nearly-assembled iPhone 6 booting to iOS 8 and running smoothly in spite of its bigger screen with more pixels.

The scores show the assumed device outperforming the iPhone 5s in terms of both single and multi-core CPU speed. Specifically, a score of 1633 was recorded for the single-core test and a 2920 on the multi-core test.

This compares to the 1305 single-core and 2347 dual-core Geekbench 3 scores for Apple’s 1.3GHz A7 processor inside the iPhone 5s.

In his Weibo post [Google Translate] accompanied by a pair of screenshots seen top of post, “zzray” points out that Geekbench identified his devices as an ‘iPhone7,2’ running an ARM-based A8 processor with 1GB of RAM (LPDDR3), clocked at 1.38GHz.

Apple A8 (mockup 001)

These findings contradict some rumors which claim the A8 rocks 2GB of RAM and four processing cores clocked at two or more GHz each. Let me also bring your attention to the fact that it’s entirely plausible that a variant of the A8 chip bound for a rumored 12.9-inch iPad indeed packs in 2GB of RAM to support the tablet’s rumored split-screen multitasking feature.

The poster also shared the following photo comparison of the iPhone 6’s purported eight-megapixle camera (left) to the iSight camera on the iPhone 5s (middle) and the rear shooter on LG’s G3 handset (right).

Camera comparison (iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s vs LG G3)

Back to the A8 chip.

Even though the current-generation A7 processor is (mostly) the same across the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, the iPad Air runs a slightly faster variant clocked at 1.4GHz.

Apple would be wise not to increase the A8’s clock frequency drastically. Not only is the 1.3GHz A7 chip already crazy fast for most uses, but keeping the clock frequency intact would help preserving the handset’s battery life.

For what it’s worth, we heard before that Apple’s semiconductor teams focused on the A8’s power efficiency rather than substantial speed gains. And should the A8 be fabricated on a more modern process technology resulting in smaller transistors (as rumored), expect a lot smaller package overall and reduced power consumption.

[Weibo via GforGames]

  • Merman123

    Find it unlikely. 1 and a half hours to go.

  • Brian 

    Stop, less than 2 hours away. Let’s just wait

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    This is a letdown… I honestly expected (and still expect) a dual core 2+ GHz processor and 2 gigs of RAM…

    • Gary LE

      Id rather have more battery than cpu power

      • Sunny

        Kos iPhone battery are the worst :/

      • sosarozay300

        iphone has some of the best battery life

      • Sunny

        Lol nice one troll

      • sosarozay300

        not trolling at all, my iphone 5s had the best battery out of the galaxy s4 and note 2

      • Sunny

        Of course yet another iPhone guy comparing it to Samsung do know in the Android community they regard Samsung phones to have the worst battery? Goes too quick even though its replacable and the added bloat Samsung does makes it slow and…bloaty.. A phone with stock android is best no bloat..Android L is coming..

      • sosarozay300

        i compared it to those because those were the only real “competitors” i physically owned at some point before selling, i had other android phones too but they were from 2011 or older, i tried everything with those 2 phones, cyanogenmod, aosp android, tried debloating touchwiz, they still lagged and had bad battery life. i gave up with android phones after that and im not switching back until something really great comes out of the android farm

      • Sunny

        Ohh the old days. I admit Android was bit likt beta software in the old days but all that does not exist ever since 4.3 update in 2013.
        I highly highly recommend you atleast give it another chance especially when Android 5 (L) comes out. All those issues you said don’t exist no more but I always hear apple fans keep on saying this same excuse which is non existent unless you got the old phones.

        Nexus 6 or Moto X give em a try for abit..wait for L release first lol..if you don’t like it simply refund it within 30 days.

      • sosarozay300

        im using a galaxy s3 right now until the iphone 6 is out in stores and its shit, the battery doesnt last an hour with screen on granted its touchwiz but still

    • Wassim Omais

      It still seems to outspeed most to all android phones on geek bench.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein


  • Matt

    1GB only….whyyy!!

  • jp2002

    Apple Store is down!!

  • TJ

    Why the constant moaning for more than 1GB RAM? Never had a problem with 1GB RAM in the iPhone or iPad, clearly that’s all that’s needed otherwise they’d stick more in. Or is it just the spec whores wanting more?

    • Tommy Gumbs

      Just the spec whores wanting more. People buy into that stuff because manufactures have marketed so well. But it is ok. You and I know the truth. LOL

      • Kamil Tetido

        Your picture of the gesture ‘shhh’ just made your comment more hilarious. 😀

      • Tommy Gumbs

        Things that make you say “hmmmmmmmm!” Lol

      • Dan

        yeah wanting to be able to have more than 2 tabs open without them refreshing is being a spec whore. iSheep logic. Try visiting image heavy pages and see.

      • Sunny

        TOO TRUE

    • Rowan09

      Just people wanting a bigger number. I want 2GB on the iPad because I believe it should be different than the iPhone, but I don’t have an issue with the current size.

      • R4

        Theres no point, cuz most games (since games require the highest specs) are universal apps, so the games will be built to run on the iphones spec no matter what.

    • Sean Clark

      Because it IS a problem even if you refuse to acknowledge it. The iPad Air regularly has memory crashes and can’t manage more than two safari tabs at a time. When they made the transition to 64-bit, they should have bumped up the RAM to compensate for the new workload, but they neglected it and it shows.

      • Rowan09

        I have the 3rd gen and I have 7 tabs open with no problem. My Note 2 has memory crashes as well, so it will happen occasionally.

      • Sean Clark

        And I have an iPhone 5 that rarely has problems, but those are 32-bit devices. They inherently require less memory to complete the same tasks as a 64-bit device.

      • SkyFall

        On my 5s i can have up to 10 tabs and no reloading. It depends though on how many tweaks you have and how much ram consuming each is.

      • Dan

        actually it depends on the web page and how much content there is on it

      • TJ

        I have numerous tabs open all the time and never have any issues or memory crashes. I have tons of apps open all the time and navigate between them frequently without a problem.

      • Dan

        Go the The Chive, open a page with about 40 images on it, then open up another tab, then come back to the initial page. Tell me it does not refresh.

        This from my iPad air, refreshes all the time.

      • Sean Clark

        And I guarantee any app you were in before that now needs to refresh as well.

  • Rowan09

    It’s a waste of time for people to post rumors with only 1:30 hours left.

  • Onyxus_Music

    Let’s leak EVERYTHING! 😉

  • Roland Adi Nugraha

    Maybe they save it up (those upgrade) for 6s version next year… S version is much better.. 3gs…4s…5s

  • ic0dex

    I think the 4.7″ iPhone will be an upgrade of the iPhone 5S and the 5.5″ iPhone will have all the new hardware. We’ve only seen leaked parts to the 4.7″ but not much for the 5.5″. We’ll an 1:15hr left can’t wait.

  • Delis Encarnacion

    Hate the fact that I’m going to be in class while the even is going on.

    • Same here but I have lab. Don’t know how ima stream it then.

      • Delis Encarnacion

        Did you get to stream it? My philosophy professor didn’t mind

      • No I was too actively engaged to be on my phone.

  • Ricky

    no iPod touch on this keynote i guessed? well I’m staying up tip 1 am hahaha damn timezone

  • Ian Leon

    We’ll never know until we have it on our hands

  • Ian Leon

    Please please no

  • Benjamin Owuye Jagun

    Only 1hr 7 mins to go. May be in night hold on to my 5s a little longer if this leak turns out to be true.

  • SkyFall

    “This compares to the 1305 single-core and 2347 dual-core Geekbench 3 scores for Apple’s 1.3GHz A7 processor inside the iPhone 5s.”

    I don’t get it my iPhone scores (almost every time) 1401 single-core and 2529 multi-core and then there was this which it scored for the first time.

  • Victor Molina

    I’m picturing the big guys from Samsung took the day off today

    • TJ

      Yup lol they’ll have another smart watch out before the iWatch hits store shelves just you wait and see.

  • Moy Nagar

    I believe this is true OMG!! i can’t wait

  • Andy

    I wonder if the increased screen resolution has anything to do with the lower than expected scores?

  • Aneeq Naqvi

    Keep calm and wait for the real shit. 😛

  • Sunny

    1GB RAM
    Always refresh

  • eXoguti093

    …That’s a shit comparison…

  • Guest

    Hmm, CPU is 64Bit but only hsa 1GB of RAM. So what is the point of upgrading to 64bit if they are not going to take advantage of the benefits of 64bit processing?