Thursday, September 27, 2012

iPhone 5 A6 processor clocked 30 percent faster than first thought

The iPhone 5's A6 processor is clocked 30 percent faster than originally thought, based on new figures from the Geekbench benchmark app. Earlier reports coming from end users showed the A6 processor running at 1.0 to 1.02GHz.

The new figures come via a new Geekbench build in the App Store (2.3.6, which ironically is the same as a pretty popular Android Gingerbread version) which was released on Wednesday. According to Primate Labs' John Poole, the latest version of the app "features a dramatically improved processor frequency detection algorithm, which consistently reports the A6's frequency as 1.3GHz."

He added that "earlier versions of Geekbench had trouble determining the A6's frequency, which lead to people claiming the A6's frequency as 1.0GHz as it was the most common value Geekbench reported."

What's interesting though is that the iPhone 5's score seems to have dropped very slightly. Originally reported as 1601, it's appearing as 1577 and 1571 at the time of this writing.

At the same time, the latest Android processor benchmarks show a Galaxy S III running with a benchmark of 1750.

As we said earlier, the iPhone 5 may top many processors now, but since it won't be updated for a year, expect Apple's superphone to be leapfrogged quickly.

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