The gift was presented to the iPhone and Apple by the California company PhoneBuff, which is called a blogger on the net. At the moment, according to information from official sources, the company employs one person. The man-company warned that the results of the comparison should not be taken seriously. Because this is a superficial comparison that does not reflect the essence.
But who pays attention to warnings? Tests using a robotic arm, filmed on video – if these are not facts, then what can be considered facts? Let’s say the iPhone 12 has barely accelerated in recent years. At the same time, it is faster than competitors – this is also proven. What, then, can be said about them?
Comparison of old and new iPhone
iPhone 1, with 8 GB of flash memory, 128 MB of RAM, a single-core chip from Samsung with a clock speed of 412 MHz. With iPhoneOS 3.1.3 on board, the maximum version that could be installed on the first iPhone. And the iPhone 12, with 64GB of flash storage, 4GB of RAM. Apple A14 Bionic with 3.1GHz 6-core CPU is still the fastest mobile chip in the world. iOS 14.6. The comparison was a model of objectivity. In the apps of the same name on the iPhone 1 and iPhone 12, the robot recorded the time, launched the same operations and recorded the time spent on their execution.
Apps of the same name are Photos, Calculator, Notes, Safari, Camera, and the App Store. While the robotic arm launched applications, initiated synchronous actions in them and slowed down in the right places, the researcher was distracted by extraneous thoughts. The lamp design of iPhoneOS 3.1.3 is warmer and more pleasing to the eye. But in those days, iPhoneOS “had no multitasking at all.”
In fact, it was, but not for users. When moving from application to application, the first one ended its work, saving data and freeing up RAM. And the second was loaded, which took even more time. Since all these delays were not related to measurable performance, the iPhone 12 patiently waited for the rival to be ready for tests. That is, the iPhone 1 also played along.
Which iPhone is faster
Whether these races were conceived as a birthday present for an iPhone or not is unknown. But PhoneBuff, the company and the individual, gave a different reason. At iPad presentations, especially iPad Pro, it is customary, from time to time, to recall the very first iPad and tell how many times the power of the new product exceeds its power. What was said about the M1 iPad Pro on April 20 shocked the man-company to the core. And for some reason, this is not accepted at iPhone presentations.
It is absolutely useless to know that the M1 iPad Pro is 75 times faster than the first iPad in terms of CPU performance, and 1,500 times faster in graphics performance. But for those who decide to buy this monster, it’s nice to know about it. Even if it’s a lie. Although hardly: if someone accuses her of cheating, she probably has convincing evidence of her innocence ready.
Apple has all the data on the performance of the iPad, iPhone, and all released and unreleased devices for sure. In a form convenient for acquaintance. Classified. PhoneBuff does not have archives with performance data for all iPhone models in different tests.
Can I use my old iPhone
I’m sure you’ve already figured out what the catch is. But just in case, I’ll explain. Built-in apps with the same name in iPhoneOS 3.1.3 and iOS 14.6 are completely different. iPhoneOS 3.1.3 was released on February 2, 2010. Eleven plus years ago. During these eleven years, the applications have been repeatedly refined, and even rewritten altogether. They were made smarter, safer, more reliable and more complex. Sometimes, out of good intentions, spoiled.
Processors have become more powerful every year, and the user’s reaction speed has remained the same as always. The user interface is a completely different story. And deep and uncompromising optimization is necessary in “heavy” applications, and only in those places where performance is critical. The computing power of mobile devices has grown by an order of magnitude or even orders of magnitude over the past 13 years. PhoneBuff, at the beginning of his video, noted that there were no “heavy” applications for iPhoneOS 3.1.3.
They would evaporate battery power with lethal consequences for the device. Until recently, everything that required serious computing resources was done outside of the iPhone. Are these apps or features needed on a mobile device? Yes, an example of such a function is Siri. Without strong support from Apple’s data centers, until recently, she was helpless. Devices with Apple A12 Bionic and later chips are able to take care of it.