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Possible Benchmark for A12 Processor From 2018 iPhone Surfaces Featuring 10% Faster Speeds, 4GB RAM

Apple's 2018 iPhones are expected to include a new 6-core A12 processor, and the A12, like all of Apple's processor iterations, is expected to bring speed and efficiency improvements. A new benchmark taken from a 2018 iPhone may give us some insight into just how much faster the new A12 is than the A11 in the iPhone X, provided the benchmark is legitimate.

Uploaded to Geekbench 4 on June 27 (via French site iGeneration), the benchmark for the 2018 iPhone suggests a single-core score of 4673 and a multi-core score of 10912.


Comparatively, the iPhone X with an A11 processor features a single-core score of 4206 and a multi-core score of 10128, indicating the new A12 chip will be approximately 10 percent faster than the A11 chip when it comes to both multi-core and single-core performance.

Compute scores for the 2018 iPhone were also included, and it features a Metal score of 21691. Compared to the iPhone X's Metal score of 15234, the result suggests GPU improvements.


We don't know which of the three iPhones was benchmarked using Geekbench 4, but so far, rumors suggest that all three will use the same A12 chip. The iPhone is labeled "11,2," and it is running a version of iOS 12.

Notably, the benchmarked device appears to include 4GB RAM, up from 3GB RAM in the iPhone X. Well-respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested the two OLED iPhones coming in 2018 will feature 4GB RAM while the lower-priced LCD model will continue to feature 3GB RAM, suggesting the benchmark may pertain to one of the OLED models.

We can't confirm the veracity of the benchmark because it's not impossible to fake these results, but early benchmarks do sometimes pop up in the months ahead of a new device's release because there are prototype iPhones being tested by Apple employees who may have opted to run the Geekbench 4 app.

We asked Geekbench founder John Poole about the results, and he said there was nothing "obviously wrong" that stood out, but he did warn that he had not yet had time to dig into the scores.

Apple in 2018 is rumored to be introducing three new iPhones, all of which will feature upgraded processors, faster LTE speeds, a TrueDepth camera system, slimmer bezels, and no Home button, as Apple is transitioning to an all Face ID lineup. We're expecting a 5.8-inch OLED that's identical in design to the current iPhone X (but perhaps with a new gold color), a larger 6.5-inch OLED device that can be thought of as an "iPhone X Plus," and a 6.1-inch LCD device that will be available at a lower price point.

The two OLED devices are expected to include better camera technology, with Apple sticking to dual-cameras for those iPhones. The LCD device, meanwhile, may only feature a single-lens camera.

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20 weeks ago
Remember when they said the 6 Plus had enough memory at 1Gb?
Rating: 33 Votes
20 weeks ago
A 10% speed bump is a bit disappointing honestly.

But I’m here for 4gb of ram
Rating: 28 Votes
20 weeks ago
Better efficiency and more RAM are more important than a large speed bump to me.
Rating: 24 Votes
20 weeks ago

A 10% speed bump is a bit disappointing honestly.

A mobile CPU can only get so fast while size, heat, and battery life must be taken into consideration. The fact that the A12 outperforms the Core i7 CPU in my 2012 15" Retina MacBook Pro while using a fraction of the power is very impressive.
Rating: 22 Votes
20 weeks ago
Could be the A-series finally starting to run up against Moore's Law. They spent years catching up to Intel and here we are. This especially makes sense given the larger jump in GPU performance, which typically seems to outperform CPU gains in recent years. Alternatively Apple could be focusing more on battery life improvements since we are moving to a smaller 7nm process.

Either way I hope this means 6-8GB of RAM in the new iPad Pro.
Rating: 18 Votes
20 weeks ago
4GB of RAM is the most interesting take and will be the most beneficial. Improved processors by 10%? Meh, I don’t get excited about that anymore. There’s barely any difference between a 6S and an 8 in terms of speed. The RAM though makes the real difference, can never have enough of that. The more of it the better!
Rating: 16 Votes
20 weeks ago

Yeah it’s just I don’t think there’s ever been a upgrade with such a low incremental speed bump.

10% of 10,000 is 1,000

20% of 2,000 is 400

In absolute terms this is still 2.5 times the jump of the A7 to A8...
Rating: 16 Votes
20 weeks ago
These benchmarks rarely equate to real world performance when actually using the phone. The A chips throttle down so quickly once a full load is placed on them (video rendering) due to heat that the performance claims almost amount to fraud.
Rating: 10 Votes
20 weeks ago
If they’ve managed to eke out a little more performance but dramatically reduced power consumption this is really good news...
Rating: 10 Votes
20 weeks ago

Remember when they said the 6 Plus had enough memory at 1Gb?

I remember that my Altair 8800 computer had so much memory it made my fingers hurt while toggling in so much binary computer code and data on the front panel switches. Who knew that we would ever need more than 4K bytes of RAM.
:D
Rating: 9 Votes

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