Apple’s iPhone Xs is faster than an iMac Pro on the Speedometer 2.0 JavaScript benchmark

Every other chip maker (not outed as rank amateurs) on the planet just shit their collective pants.

David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and founder and CTO at Basecamp, via Twitter:

The iPhone XS is faster than an iMac Pro on the Speedometer 2.0 JavaScript benchmark. It’s the fastest device I’ve ever tested. Insane 45% jump over the iPhone 8/X chip. How does Apple do it?!

Yes, you read that right.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, several pallets of adult diapers are speeding their way toward Intel, Qualcomm, and every other inept, outclassed chip designer on the planets’ headquarters because several royal messes of fecal proportions are about to ensue.

With each passing year… it becomes increasingly clear – even to the Android settlers – that the competition has no chance of even remotely keeping up against Apple’s unmatched vertically integrated one-two punch of custom software and custom hardware. — MacDailyNews, September 13, 2017< SEE ALSO:
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Luis Gee” for the heads up.]


      1. “The processing power of the iMac Pro is many times over an iPhone XS except in the ONE special case of the Speedometer 2.0 JavaScript benchmark.”
        David Heinemeier Hansson likely knows more than you about how accurate the test is 🙂

      2. LOL “iPhone XS is faster than an iMac Pro on the Speedometer 2.0 JavaScript benchmark” mentions speed, not power itself.
        We have to regard this news on speed as a kind of cute PR statement not as a real world performance or usefulness. This is because “speed” is not power.” Speed is what a wiry person can do, like run a very fast mile on the track while “power” is like what a British footballer can do on the field of play, powering people around.

        1. “British footballer”?!? Seriously, you’re going to use a soccer player as an analogy for “power”? Hahaha, hooohoohooo, heeheehee, seriously, you were making a joke, no?

      3. While the iMac Pro is more powerful overall, that is only when you consider workloads that are able to leverage multiple cores and powerful GPUs. Javascript is inherently single threaded by nature. Having a machine with 18 cores doesn’t help your Javascore performance. I believe the real concern here is that these mobile ARM cores are getting to a point where they outclass Intel Xeon cores. That should be terrifying for Intel.

  1. Apple, please give us a 5G phone that will simply plug into a 5K display and be a truly portable phone/computer…within three years. That would help defeat the monopolies that run many digital lives, and bring down costs.
    I am in my 70;s, and am not running on the same time schedule as Apple is…

  2. You are talking about two different architectures, it’s a moot comparison. The iPhone isn’t capable of even doing a lot of tasks that an iMac could. Sigh. This peice is stupid, and any advanced user knows it. Trying to pass idevices off as work stations is a joke. They work great if one has netured their work in equal measure, and we see more and more of this with young people being utterly incompetent at very basic things.

    1. “iPhone XS is faster than an iMac Pro on the Speedometer 2.0 JavaScript benchmark” is measuing speed, SPEED, nothing else. It’s not measuring capability so we Mac enthusiasts have to take this revelation as fun news, as poke in the eye of bloated CPU manufacturers. It’s a PR win for Apple, even if limited.

    2. If you understand exactly what is being measured by a benchmark like Speedometer (Javascript), you’d understand exactly what it does and does not mean. As such, no, it’s not a “moot” comparison and this article isn’t stupid. I don’t know if that claim applies to all of the readers of this article though.

  3. Maybe it has to do with screen size? I tried running it now on an iPhone 8 and got a score of 175. When I started it complained that the screen was too small but I ran it anyway. Would the XS max get a lower score?

  4. Wow! I’m going to toss away my iMac Pro and buy an iPhone XS to get all my work done… NOT! (I don’t have an iMac Pro, anyway.)

    How important is this benchmark? Probably not very important in terms of overall use of the iPhone. I doubt any other manufacturer is crapping their pants over it. The way most smartphone reviewers talk, none of the iPhones have any advantage over comparable Android flagship smartphones.

    1. “I doubt any other manufacturer is crapping their pants over it.”

      They should be. I think they have been since Apple went completely 64bit. Remember Apple’s approach and concept of smart devices is way different than Google’s. Google wants you to upload your data first, where it gets processed and encrypted in the Cloud (by Google).

      Apple wants your personal device to be powerful and efficient to do it all on your device before it goes to the Cloud. All while delivering a consistent and smooth user experience.

      And then there is all the photo and video processing they just showed off in the latest phones — not just post-processing, but live-while-shot-processing.

  5. The increasingly shrill pearl clutching “this test is so faaake!” is directly proportional to obsession with DSLRs, user-upgradeable parts, backwards compatibility with ancient software, soy intake, low T and infrequency in getting laid.

    1. I know! You could post that the iPhone XS has a better FaceTime camera than the latest iMac Pro and they would IMMEDIATELY devolve into a frothing mass of “YOU CAN’T USE A IPHONE AS A WORKSTATION1111!! WHERE’S THE MOUSE? WHERES THE FILESYSTEM AGSEZ?/ ID LAK 2 C U TRYS TO DO RILL WOREK!11!1!

      It’s like… dude, just saying the camera is better and, you know what? It is! This is one test in one case by a guy that’s impressed with the results. The only people saying that it infers you should replace your computer… are the people who don’t want to replace their computers 🙂

  6. The big question isn;’t the speed on the iPhone, but how this impacts the iPad potential and how this also translates to the potential of the A Series chips in, say, a nice notebook.

    It’s clear that Apple has developed the skills, ambitions and financial strength to grow the A Series product range.

    The significant growth also presents an opportunity for Apple to use previous generations for low cost markets – especially international markets.

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