iPhone 7 could provide at least 33 percent faster CPU performance than iPhone 6s

By , Sep 5, 2016

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Alleged GeekBench CPU scores posted back in the summer suggested modest performance gains for the iPhone 7’s A10 chip versus the iPad Pro’s A9X processor, but were debunked as fake soon after.

Today, genuine-looking results of the GeekBench 4 synthetic benchmark of the iPhone 7’s CPU were posted on the website of PrimateLabs, the company that makes and sells the GeekBench suite.

According to the published data, the iPhone 7 could have its CPU performance boosted by at least one third, or about 33 percent, versus the iPhone 6s.

The tested device reported a single-core CPU score of 3,379 and 5,495 in multi-core tests (higher scores are better). By comparison, last year’s iPhone 6s did remarkably well in Geekbench tests, scoring 2,490 in single-core tests and 4,332 in multi-core tests.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 6s Plus shows a single-core score of 2,535 and 1,607 for the iPhone 6 Plus. In terms of multi-core performance, the iPhone 6s Plus shows a GeekBench score of 4,404 and 2,870 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Assuming claimed iPhone 7 scores are genuine, the A10 chip powering Apple’s next handset could enable at least a 33 percent boost in single-core CPU performance, or about 25 percent faster multi-core CPU performance.

Based on the included information, the poster tested a 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

The device is identified by model number “iPhone9,3” and has two gigabytes of RAM (only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Pro is said to have three gigabytes of RAM). The “iPhone9,3” designation suggests at least three different versions of iPhone 7 hardware, one of which could be the allegedly-abandoned iPhone 7 Pro model.

GeekBench identifies the device’s in-house designed A10 chip as having two CPU cores, 64 KB of L1 instruction cache, 64 KB of L1 data cache and 3MB of L2 cache.

The only sticking point: the reported CPU clock speed of just 396 MHz, likely due to GeekBench’s iOS app not having been updated with new hardware in mind.

For what it’s worth, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is adamant that the A10 chip in the iPhone 7 has its CPU clocked at up to 2.4GHz, a significant increase over the maximum CPU clock frequency of 1.85GHz for the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s/SE.

GeekBench doesn’t test GPUs so we’ll have to test the iPhone 7 ourselves when the device arrives to determine if Apple has sped up the A10’s graphics subsystem, too.

Curiously, the tested device reported iOS 10.1.

This isn’t surprising as Apple in the past few years has been developing “point” updates in parallel with major releases so it goes without saying that they’re already finishing up iOS 10.1, working on iOS 10.2 and thinking about iOS 10.3.

You can see GeekBench scores for other iOS devices here.

Source: PrimateLabs

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  • ck125

    Never really thought the 6s was “slow” hopefully there is also an increase in battery life since that is one area the iPhone really is kind of meh at.

    • 5723alex .

      iPhone’s battery is great, mine 6s plus holds for 3 days. You would think the the Androids out there have 1 week of battery usage.

      • ck125

        No it’s not. If you actually use the device it is average at best. My 6s battery is a joke.

      • Merman123

        6s is subpar. 6S Plus is where battery shines.

      • ck125

        I had the plus and it wasn’t anything special either. Apples obsession with thin over battery life is starting to take a toll.

      • Merman123

        Define special.

      • ck125

        Wasn’t much better than the 6s when you actually use the device. Standby time is great, just could use a larger battery rather than being paper thin.

      • Rowan09

        The 6s Plus gives me the same battery life as my S7 Edge, the battery life is great.

      • Xee

        Best so far was the 6 Plus

      • George

        That’s complete bull.

      • mrgerbik

        Not 6S

  • eXoguti097

    “last year’s iPhone 6s did remarkably well in Geekbench tests, scoring 2,490 in single-core tests and 4,332 in multi-core tests.”

    That was Geekbench 3 and this is GB4. GB4 for the 6S is 4000.

    • leart

      here are my geekbench result .. the last one are from my 6s+, the third is from a 6 i used just for a week before switching for the 6s+ and some other devices i don’t remember we’ll wich one they are 🙂

    • leart

      the 6s+ scores are higher than you think 🙂

      • eXoguti097

        Nopee, those are the scores for Geekbench 3. GB3 and GB4 scores aren’t directly comparable, so 4000 in GB4 doesn’t mean it’s worse than 4400 in GB3. It’s most likely the same performance, but in different numbers. But to get a more accurate idea of the performance gain here, you have to compare this GB4 score of 5500 to the 6S’s GB4 score of 4000, and the performance gain could be greater than this article says. I hope that makes sense 🙂

        Edit: 4000 + 33% gives the score of around 5500 from here, so it looks like they were right with the calculation somehow, but still included the wrong GB scores. Even the source takes you to the GB4 score of 4000, so Idk why GB3 is used in the text.

      • leart

        those are from geekbench 3.. since last week it was the only geekbench working for iphone 6s+

      • leart

        in fact I’m not a fan of those statistics .. just wanted to notice that iPhone 6s+ benchmark is higher.. at last mine 😀 (not tsmc chip) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d0b6fd84995d0bfe3f89a9baabde197e38e13ffd74662c0ecd2275ee71ff652.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1930b0f51e97f381e477efb28da063eb44cc62886144c32b0a5df6e5842c226.png

  • White Michael Jackson

    My iphone 6 is still fast. Doesn’t seem so interesting. The only problem I have with my phone is the battery. But I bought a mophie case and now it last 3 days plus.

  • Ara Rezaee

    My late 2013 27inch iMac with an i5-4670 gets a single core score of 4129 in Geekbench 4, iPhone 7 is going to be one giant beast!

  • Nolan I.

    Hmmm… iOS 10.1…

  • Bibibombibi

    My iPhone 6s+ is never slow as compared to latest Android flagships, namely Note 7. I hope iOS10 will keep up the good work with the memory management and battery life.

  • Tim

    The iPhone 6s is the fastest phone out there, 7 will be insane fast.