A cache of benchmark results from what appear to be early iPhone 11 and 11 Pro review units made their way online this week, revealing Apple will for the first time offer identical A-series chip configurations across both mid- and high-tier models.
When Apple unveiled iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro at a special event last week, the company noted it would follow convention and power both handset lines with the same A13 Bionic system-on-chip design. Unlike past releases, however, this year's iPhones will be equipped with identical memory allotments and run at uniform clock speeds.
Results from the popular — and publicly browsable — Geekbench 4 benchmarking tool reveal six-core A13 chips powering "iPhone12,1," "iPhone12,3" and iPhone12,5" clocked at 2.66GHz. Further, each of the handsets, thought to designate iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, respectively, come with 4GB of RAM standard.
Apple has in the past paired its latest-generation A-series processors with varying amounts of memory, typically assigned by hardware tier. For example, A12 Bionic chips in 2018's iPhone XR were served by 3GB of RAM, while the iPhone XS and XS Max rated 4GB of onboard memory. Both XR and XS ran A12 silicon clocked at 2.49GHz.
The Geekbench scores arrive on the eve of Apple's expected embargo lift on early iPhone 11 and 11 Pro reviews.
Similar to a previous benchmark thought to have been pulled from what is now known as iPhone 11, today's collection of "iPhone12,1" test results average a single-core score of 5453 and a multi-core score of 12921. "iPhone12,3" averages single-core and multi-core scores of 5469 and 13874, respectively, while the "iPhone12,5" puts in average respective scores of 5480 and 13793.
Each handset is quoted as running iOS 13, which is slated to launch on Sept. 19.
The additional RAM allotment for Apple's "entry-level" iPhone 11 is likely a necessity for the handset's high-performing hardware and software suite. Of note, all 2019 iPhone models incorporate the same set of tentpole features, many of which involve processor-intensive camera processes including 4K video recording with extended dynamic range, Night mode and the forthcoming Deep Fusion computational photography function. Other features include augmented reality applications, next-generation gaming, Face ID biometrics and more.
Preorders for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro went live last Friday ahead of a wide launch on Sept. 20.