Yeah, you beat us to it, you maniacs. But, in our defense, I spent the entire weekend bathing in a barrel of Jack Daniel's, while Martin did important stuff like looking after kids and that. Two very valid excuses. Ahem.
Anyway! The iPhone 5’s A6 processor has been benchmarked, and it’s good news for speed junkies.
There was much dubiety concerning the A6 processor after Wednesday night’s iPhone 5 launch. The assumption had always been that the leap to A6 would welcome four cores, but it is in fact a dual-core chip.
Still, that hasn’t stopped the iPhone 5’s A6 processor tearing it up on Geekbench. It doubles the highest score of any previous iOS device, and narrowly pips the high-end Android competition (Asus Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy S III et al).
Of course, we heartily recommend hitting the bathroom stall and doing a couple of lines of salt. At worst, benchmarks count for Jack Ship; at best, they’re a vaguely helpful indicator of performance, but no match for real-word side-by-side tests.
And, as Jan mentioned, comparing different phones running different operating systems is a tad silly. Heck, as Ballmer will tell you, the single-core Windows Phones held their own against the multi-core competition.
The moral of the story? Let’s wait and see what happens when the iPhone 5 actually lands.