Speed test: A14 Bionic-powered iPhone 12 destroys Samsung Note 20 Ultra

You know those goofy app-loading speed tests (ridiculed by Apple software chief Craig Federighi)? Well, for what it’s worth, Apple’s A14 Bionic-powered iPhone has retaken the throne.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max give pro users everything they want out of their iPhone
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max give pro users everything they want out of their iPhone

Michael Potuck for 9to5Mac:

While app loading-style speeds tests like these aren’t a reason alone for which smartphone to pick, it’s a good illustration of how competitive the market is and how efficient iPhones are with Apple making both the hardware and software.

For example, Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro beat the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by a touch over 17 seconds across the two rounds of testing and has 6GB RAM compared to the Note’s 12GB RAM. The tight integration Apple can do with the new A14 chip, the rest of the iPhone 12 hardware, and iOS remains a strong advantage.

Another interesting aspect is the iPhone 12 Pro starts at $300 less than the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra list price ($200 less if comparing to the 12 Pro Max). And the iPhone 12 and 12 mini that both feature the A14 chip cost even less.

MacDailyNews Take: While the value of being able to launch a bunch of apps the most quickly is questionable, it does serve to help illustrate in basic fashion that Apple’s A14 Bionic is an unmatched beast!


  1. More useless benchmarking. The Android tech-heads are still boasting about high-end Android smartphones beating out the latest iPhone 12 in Antutu benchmarks, so Apple can’t claim a total victory. I’m not exactly sure what Antutu benchmarks are about but I’m guessing it’s graphics power for games and such.

    Apple could have always easily won the app loading contest for years if they weren’t so stingy on system RAM, but I doubt many average users load all that crap into memory anyway. That seems like a rather extreme memory test, in my opinion. Whatever… There’s always some crazy test to show one smartphone being better than another. At flagship smartphone level, they’re all pretty darn good. What sort of nut job gives a fig about how fast a smartphone boots up and applauds if it’s a second faster than another smartphone.

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