Geekbench Scores of New iPhone SE Show On-Par Performance With iPhone 13

Geekbench scores for the new third-generation iPhone SE shows that Apple's most affordable iPhone features performance on par with the company's flagship iPhone 13, as they both feature the same A15 Bionic chip.

iPhone SE 3 stacked
Geekbench scores for an "iPhone 14,6," the model identifier for the new ‌iPhone SE‌, show a single-core score of 1695 and a multi-core score of 4021. For reference, the ‌iPhone 13‌ has a single-core score of 1672 and a multi-core score of 4481. The difference in scores are marginal and will not represent real-world difference for customers.

Corroborating MacRumors reporting from yesterday, the Geekbench scores confirm the new ‌iPhone SE‌ features 4GB of RAM.

Compared to the previous generation ‌‌iPhone SE‌‌, Apple promises up to 1.2x faster graphics on the new ‌‌iPhone SE‌. Apple also now claims up to 15 hours of video playback, which is two hours more than was advertised for the ‌iPhone SE‌ 2. The A15 Bionic chip also powers new features now available to ‌iPhone SE‌ customers, such as Photographic Styles, Smart HDR 4, and Live Text in iOS 15.

The new ‌iPhone SE‌ features the same 4.7-inch design with a Home button and Touch ID but now comes with 5G.

The third-generation ‌iPhone SE‌ starts at $429, $30 more than the previous model, and will be available for pre-order on March 11 and available on March 18.

Related Roundup: iPhone SE
Buyer's Guide: iPhone SE (Buy Now)
Related Forum: iPhone

Top Rated Comments

ian87w Avatar
11 weeks ago
Err, what do people expect? It has the same chip.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jake.au Avatar
11 weeks ago
You mean A15 is actually A15? ?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robotica Avatar
11 weeks ago
It’s possible that it could have been down clocked as well. So it’s good that it appears not to be the case.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
snipr125 Avatar
11 weeks ago
The multicore score is about 400 units lower than the iphone 13 according to the article, so the A15 in the SE might be slightly down-clocked. Makes sense to conserve battery life.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boak Avatar
11 weeks ago

It does? B/c that would actually be better than the SE2 which used the 8's lens...
Looks like I'm wrong. The SE3 has the same sensor as the SE2.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ApplesAreSweet&Sour Avatar
11 weeks ago

20% better
Yes. I checked gpu benchmark scores for iPhone 13 vs SE 2 and there’s a 20% difference.

My summation of SE 3’s upgrades are(in no particular order):

1. A15 chip aka around 1.3x better single core score, 1.4x better multi-core, and 1.2x better graphics over SE 2020.

2. 5G cellular (sub 6Ghz). But can’t make use of the extra fast mmWave 5G.

3. 4GB RAM (SE 2020 has 3GB RAM). In other words, 1.33x RAM.

4. No upgrades to camera hardware. But addition of Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4, and Photographic Styles, which are software-based photography improvements, offering better handling of high-contrast scenes and noise reduction, etc. However, still no Night Mode.

5. (Seemingly) around *20% better battery life overall compared to SE 2020. This might be just because of A15, but could also be because of a few more mAhs.

*Unconfirmed until reviews are out.

6. *More durable front and back glass panels.

*Not marketed as “Ceramic Shield”. So it’s unclear how big the improvements are.

7. Comes in new, slightly different color options: Starlight(white) and Midnight(black) and Product RED. Product RED option appears identical to SE 2020 Product RED color.

8. Starting price for 64GB base model is now $429 which is $30 more than the SE 2020.


.. and that’s it, I think? No other changes or upgrades?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

iPhone SE 3 stacked

New iPhone SE Offers Improved Battery Life Compared to Previous Model

Tuesday March 8, 2022 12:33 pm PST by
Compared to the second-generation iPhone SE, the new 5G-enabled iPhone SE offers improved battery life thanks to the efficiency of the A15 Bionic chip. Compared to the previous model, Apple claims the new iPhone SE can last up to two hours longer during both video playback and streamed video playback for a total of 15 hours and 10 hours, respectively. Audio playback sees the most significant ...
iPhone SE 2022 Red Feature

Last-Minute Rumor Claims New iPhone SE to Feature MagSafe, Ceramic Shield, and 'Significantly' Better Battery Life

Tuesday March 8, 2022 3:22 am PST by
Ahead of Tuesday's "Peek Performance" Apple event, a last-minute rumor claims that the third-generation iPhone SE expected to be unveiled will feature MagSafe, Ceramic Shield, and "significantly" better battery life. According to a machine-translated post from the account "yeux1122" on the Korean blog Naver, the third-generation iPhone SE will feature Apple's Ceramic Shield technology on the ...
iphonesefront

iPhone SE 3 Reportedly Entering Trial Production Phase With Launch Set for Early 2022

Tuesday December 21, 2021 4:37 am PST by
Trial production of the third-generation iPhone SE is set to get underway in the near future as Apple's suppliers and supply chain increase preparation for mass production of the new handset ahead of a launch reportedly set for early next year. MyDrivers reports today that trial production, a stage in the supply chain ahead of when the device is mass produced, is set to start soon, according ...
iphone se 3 feature

iPhone SE 3 Rumored to Feature iPhone XR Design With Touch ID and Be Apple's Last LCD Smartphone

Friday October 22, 2021 4:17 am PDT by
Apple's third-generation iPhone SE will feature an iPhone XR-like design with Touch ID and be the company's last iPhone with an LCD display, according to Chinese site MyDrivers. A machine translation of the report explains that the design of the third-generation iPhone SE is based on the iPhone XR, and will feature a Touch ID fingerprint scanner built into the side button, as well as an LCD...
iPhone SE 2022 Red Feature

Buyer's Guide: Don't Buy an iPhone SE Right Now – New Model Imminent

Friday February 25, 2022 2:06 am PST by
The third-generation iPhone SE is expected to arrive in less than a week with a number of notable features and improvements, so prospective customers should now hold off on buying an iPhone SE until the new model arrives. Based on reports from reliable sources over the past two years, the third-generation iPhone SE is currently expected to bring at least three main improvements: A15...
iphone se 2020 top

New iPhone SE Likely to Launch in April Based on Production Timeframe

Wednesday January 19, 2022 6:44 am PST by
Apple suppliers will begin producing display panels for the third-generation iPhone SE this month, with final assembly of the device likely to start in March, according to information shared by display industry consultant Ross Young. Based on this production timeframe, Young believes the third-generation iPhone SE is likely to launch in the second half of April, or perhaps in early May at...
iphone se 2020 top

Will Apple Keep the Old iPhone SE Around at a Lower Cost?

Monday February 28, 2022 1:30 pm PST by
Apple is rumored to be introducing an upgraded version of the iPhone SE as soon as March 8, the prospective date of the company's first event of 2022. The new iPhone SE is expected to be priced at $399 and it will be replacing the current iPhone SE, but will Apple keep the older model around and drop the price as it sometimes does when new iPhones come out? In his most recent "Power On"...
iphone se drop test

New iPhone SE Nearly as Tough as iPhone 13 in Drop Test Thanks to Improved Glass

Tuesday March 22, 2022 9:42 am PDT by
Apple's new third-generation iPhone SE is equipped with the "toughest glass in a smartphone" on the front and back, a change that's designed to make the device better hold up to drops and scratches. Allstate Protection Plans this week put Apple's claims to the test with a series of controlled drops, and found that the third-generation iPhone SE does indeed appear to be more durable than the...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro Renders Highlight Multiple Design Changes

Wednesday May 25, 2022 8:56 am PDT by
Leaker Jon Prosser today shared ostensibly accurate renders of the iPhone 14 Pro, providing the most accurate look yet at what the device could look like when it launches later this year. In the latest video on YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Prosser revealed renders of the iPhone 14 Pro made by Apple concept graphic designer Ian Zelbo, highlighting a range of specific design changes...
iPhone 13 Always On Feature

iPhone 14 Pro Screen Refresh Rate Upgrade Could Allow for Always-On Display

Tuesday May 24, 2022 7:23 am PDT by
Last year's iPhone 13 Pro models were the first of Apple's smartphones to come with 120Hz ProMotion displays, and while the two iPhone 14 Pro models will continue to feature the technology, their screens could well boast expanded refresh rate variability this time round. To bring ProMotion displays to the ‌iPhone 13 Pro models‌, Apple adopted LTPO panel technology with variable refresh...
iPad Pro USB C Feature Coral

Deals: Apple's iPad Pro Reaches Up to $449 Off in Amazon's Latest Sales

Wednesday May 25, 2022 10:09 am PDT by
Amazon is marking down a wide variety of 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models this week, with prices starting as low as $749.00 for the 11-inch tablet. You'll find the full list of sales below, all of which can be found on Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep...
apple account card

Wallet App Now Supports Apple Account Cards on iOS 15.5

Wednesday May 25, 2022 5:01 pm PDT by
Apple appears to have recently updated the Wallet app to allow users to add an Apple Account Card, which displays the Apple credit balance associated with an Apple ID. If you receive an App Store or Apple Store gift card, for example, it is added to an Apple Account that was previously visible in the App Store and Apple Store apps. As of today, the Apple Account balance can also be added to...
Apple Tap to Pay iPhone

Apple Stores Rolling Out iPhone-to-iPhone Contactless Payments Starting Today

Wednesday May 25, 2022 6:54 am PDT by
Apple in February unveiled a new "Tap to Pay on iPhone" feature that will allow compatible iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets, with no additional hardware required. Apple began testing the feature at its Apple Park Visitor Center earlier this month, and now Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has tweeted that the feature will begin...
apple wwdc 2022

Apple Shares WWDC 2022 Schedule, Keynote to Take Place June 6 at 10:00 a.m PT

Tuesday May 24, 2022 9:06 am PDT by
Apple today confirmed that the keynote event for the Worldwide Developers Conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June 6, the first day of WWDC. The keynote will be an online-only event, though a select number of developers have been invited to the Apple Park campus for a viewing event. In addition to confirming the keynote date and time, Apple has shared the full WWDC 2022...