Apple’s A10 CPU is a beast; iPhone 7 Plus benchmark appears online

“We only have a couple of days to wait until Apple officially launches its new phones, so we’ll find out everything on Wednesday 7 September,” Rik Henderson reports for Pocket-lint. “That doesn’t mean we won’t hear a few more, final rumours or even see a new leak or two in the remaining time.”

“The latest allegedly concerns the larger of the two expected handsets, the iPhone 7 Plus,” Henderson reports. “A benchmark has appeared on Geekbench, which is purportedly of the new A10 processor that the phone and its smaller brother – the iPhone 7 – will sport.”

Phone Arena claims that the single-core score of 3379 listed on Geekbench is a major leap over the 2526 score achieved by the current generation equivalent device. Its multi-core score of 5495 is also much better than the 4404 of the 6s Plus,” Henderson reports. “Rival handsets, such as the Exynos 8890 version of the Galaxy Note 7 and those running Snapdragon 820 are beaten…”

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    1. Me too. Put couple of A10/11/12 in a laptop or desktop and its gonna smoke Intel chips. I’m sure we will have “A-chip” transition in next 4-5 years.

      This is the only and logical explanation why Apple is slowing down with new Intel Macs

      OSX to macOS may be not only change of the name. It may sign that macOS has double life and it is aimed to work on A processors.

      The Holy Grail for Apple is to be technologically self sufficient in terms of development and design (not manufacturing)

      1. Maybe this is one of the reasons that Intel finally broke down and decided to start stamping ARM chips in addition to their own x86 designs. Because it CAN replace an Intel Core chip and could in some eventual future state of affairs.

        Seems to me that Intel has woken up to that fact. Now other software publishers ought to take note and ensure that their wares run full service on iOS now (or on a recompiled future version of OSX) in the event that Apple ever does make such a switch in the laptop/desktop space.

        1. I think that’s accurate. Intel has hit the wall and they know it. The arm architecture has much more headroom to grow and become more powerful while still consuming far less energy. And apple’s custom arm designs are leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else, especially if these benchmarks are true… That means in single core it’s as fast or slightly faster as the i7 in my 2012 MacBook Pro. So if it was quad core and hyper threaded? ……. Yeah, intel’s in trouble.

    1. I am so tired of this.

      The A10 would have to be *SO* much faster than an i7-7600 (NOT the year old i7-6600 — compare current to current) in order to support the transcoding of software for two to three years after the switch.

      The A10 supports how many PCIe lanes?
      The A10 supports TB3?
      The A10 supports USB?
      The A10 supports how much RAM?
      The A10 supports 2160p graphics?

      There are so, so many things at which the A10 that the A10 falls short when compared to the recently shipping i7-7xxx series that to try to replace an i7-7xxx with an A10 at this point is just not feasible.

      Someday. But not today.

      1. That’s my point, it may not be today. But if apple continues these typé of performance gains year over year, and Intel keeps up its 2-6% performance gains, they will surpass them relatively quickly. And in power consumption it’s no contest. Let say these benchmarks are correct for the A10, that would mean the A10x is faster still, and if you had a quad or octocore processor that gets 3000-3500 on each core, the you’re looking at performance equivalency in this generation. Especially in a laptop or desktop where they can ramp up the frequency. Again, it’s probably not ready to support 40 pci e lanes and titan x’s, but maybe they have a more efficient solution in mind for that. We won’t know until it happens.

        1. @Dear Shadowself

          You cannot imagine future, using concepts of the past.

          Just ask yourself – Does Tesla support 8-track-tape & 110 octane leaded gasoline?

          No. Because it is technology of the past and it has nothing to do with the future.

          What if in the next 5-8 years PCIe/TB3/USB will go the bins.
          What if RAM/GPU RAM and SSD drive will be the one and ultimate memory in your device.
          What if 8K/16K will be the standard in 2022-25

    1. it is no longer 1990. This time, Apple is truly “THINKING DIFFERENT”. Look no further than Apple Campus 2.

      These past two plus years have been difficult for Apple. Why? They have been spending more time, money & personnel resources on BULLShite extrinsic forces upon them, defending against such egregious unfounded lawsuits from both the private and public sectors. IF….. and thats a BIG “IF”… Apple were to be left alone to concentrate on moving the human race ahead in technology and funnel financial resources to increasing customer service and product refresh, there would be “0” ZERO Nada competition in the mobile handset arena. Other than anything iPhone is a STOLEN half brained Eric T. Mole’s self masturbated mobile OS of HIV. FU MOLE!

  1. “Yet again, Apple’s superior vertical integration trumps all comers.”

    You use the term “vertical integration” but I think you’re using it in an incorrect way. From a production perspective, Apple is entirely reliant on the same Korean and Chinese supply chain most everyone else uses — certainly not vertically integrated at all for most products, and even the Mac Pro relies entirely on external suppliers.

    The only advantageous integration at Apple is product alignment — i.e., ensuring software and hardware are well mated. This used to be amazing when Jobs ran the show and the Mac was the center of the digital focus. Now iCloud and subscriptions are the focus, and things just don’t work. Apple can’t integrate squat when it comes to multi-device syncing in the complex real world, and never could. Only with 24/7 always-connected perfect internet connections does Apple’s current attempt at thin-client computing even make sense, and the world just doesn’t offer that.

  2. It seems that we are talking between 20% to 30% performance boost. Which this is an annual trend. For Apple, this is not a beast maker, but par for the course.

    It’s still good news that they continue to provide regular improvements of measurable extent. Just not earth shattering. At least for Apple users.


    1. It’s a 30% increase if you compare backwards from A10 to A9. From A9 to A10 it’s 50% faster.

      (In Engineering School this was a common mistake. If you take a number and add 50% to it and then subtract 50% from it you don’t end up with the same number. Percentages are weird that way.)

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