Additional Benchmarks Reveal A15 Bionic Performance Improvements in iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro

Earlier today, we reported on a Geekbench Metal result for the iPhone 13 Pro showing an approximately 55% graphics performance improvement compared to the iPhone 12 Pro.

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Since that time, additional Geekbench results for both CPU and GPU performance across the iPhone 13 lineup have surfaced to provide a more complete look at the improvements.

On the graphics side, a Metal result for the iPhone 13 (designated iPhone14,5) reveals a score of 10608 for the A15 Bionic in that device, roughly 15% higher than the score for the A14 Bionic in the ‌iPhone 12‌.

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The Metal score for the ‌iPhone 13‌ is significantly lower than the corresponding 14216 score for the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ due to the fact that the Pro models (and the new A15-equipped iPad mini) feature a 5-core GPU while the regular ‌iPhone 13‌ models include a 4-core GPU.

Turning to CPU performance, we see similar scores across regular and Pro devices in the ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup because they all feature the same 6-core CPU setup. A survey of scores coming in today reveals single-core scores of around 1725 and multi-core scores generally around 4600.

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These scores represent a roughly 10% increase in single-core performance and 18% increase in multi-core performance compared to the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12 lineup.

With only a handful of results registered in the Geekbench database so far, these scores are still rough estimates, but the average scores will firm up over time as more come in.

Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro
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Top Rated Comments

nutmac Avatar
18 months ago
Meanwhile, Google's state of the art Pixel 6 Pro numbers from Arstechnica ('https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/shocking-pixel-6-rumor-lists-google-soc-with-two-arm-x1-cpu-cores/'):

Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
18 months ago

Pretty dang impressive, the A14 has been killer in performance and battery life in the 12 Pro Max (leaps ahead of the 11 Pro Max) and looks like they outdid themselves yet again.
Graphics: 4-core A15 15% faster than A14, 5-core A15 55% faster than A14

Single-core CPU: 10% faster than A14

Multi-core CPU: 18% faster than A14

While 5-core A15 is indeed impressive, I am not sure rest of the A15 numbers can be called "pretty dang impressive" over A14.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
18 months ago

Odd that this is the first iPhone where the Pro and non-Pro models do not have the exact same chip. Yet, Apple bragged that they did not raise the prices on anything, even though on the regular iPhone they shortchanged the chip (granted, with Apple chips, even a shortchanged chip is a hell of a chip).
Believe it or not… in the real world, there are people out there don’t even care what kinda chip their iPhone has. They rather pay less $$$ then worry about a chip that contains more core.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
18 months ago

Ohhh but the random YouTubers said that Apple didn’t compare the A15 to the A14 in promotional materials so the performance must be the same! I believe them since they made 20 videos today saying the same thing!
??? /s
It’s all click bait. Everyone in the YouTube or Twitter is trying to make money based on guesses, estimates and stories.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Just sayin... Avatar
18 months ago

Pretty dang impressive, the A14 has been killer in performance and battery life in the 12 Pro Max (leaps ahead of the 11 Pro Max) and looks like they outdid themselves yet again.
?‍♂️ The battery life on my 11 Pro Max was significantly better than that of my current 12 Pro Max (both 512GB). My wife has my hand-me-down 11 Pro Max, and I’m plugging in much earlier in the evening than she is.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
midkay Avatar
18 months ago
Pretty dang impressive, the A14 has been killer in performance and battery life in the 12 Pro Max (leaps ahead of the 11 Pro Max) and looks like they outdid themselves yet again.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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