Yesterdays keynote at the newly built Steve Jobs Theatre gave us few things to chat about in the weeks to come. Apple introduced a new Watch, TV and gave some updates for their Machine Learning and Graphics SDKs.
The focus of the day was of course on the latest iPhone. For me, personally, iPhone 8 was a huge disappointment. I had a feeling that they didn’t even try. For somebody who just purchased iPhone 7, paying extra for the new 8 doesn’t really make sense, since as a an average user you won’t feel any difference.
Their key improvements were focused on the new processor and a new camera sensor, however, due to the fact that there’s a huge number of users still using old iPhone 6 or even 5 and 5s, that “huge” processing power will not be utilised by the apps in the next two or three years at all, simply because older versions will not be able to run it, and you as a developer have to support all the devices running specific operating system. In most cases nowadays it means you have to support iPhone 5, iPod touch, old iPad versions etc.
However, after the few forced claps from the audience (half of it were employees at Apple), Tim Cook came to stage and announced another iPhone model called X and said it is officially the most powerful smartphone ever built.
Of course, this was put to the test the very next day. iPhone X was tested on one of the most valuable and famous benchmarking tools Geekbench. According to that test, the new 6 code A11 Bionic chipset scored incredible 4091 points in a single thread tasks and 9956 in multithread operations. To put it into perspective the latest MacBook Pro 13inch model scored 4036 and 8869 points.
This means of course that the new iPhone is superior compared to current set of Android mobile phones on the market. Samsung Galaxy S8 scored 2024 points for single thread operations and 6279 for multi thread. Compared to last years, iPhone 7, it has significant improvement, since last year, iPhone had 1825 points on single thread tests and 3118 points on multithread. So iPhone X is almost 3 times faster.
These results are achieved thanks to the new A11 chip Apple is particularly proud of.