Over the past 5 years, the iPhone has become twice as fast. See for yourself


Apple devices have always been famous for their performance. The guys from Cupertino put in them such a margin of safety that it is quietly enough for several years. And after that, the iPhone or iPad safely passes to one of the relatives and continues to serve faithfully. The only exceptions to the rule were the iPhone 6 Plus, which frankly lacked RAM since its release, and The New iPad is the first tablet with retina screen which, due to the high resolution and weak processor, barely tossed and turned in some tasks.

That is why, when buying modern iPhones, you can be sure that at least two years, and if you are not a demanding user, and even more, you can not think about the performance of your smartphone. But comparing neighboring generations of Apple phones is quite difficult, since the difference between them is not so noticeable. But it would be much more interesting to look at a few years ago. Let’s find out how much faster the iPhone has become over the past five years.

What processors are in iPhones

What do we hear every year at the presentation when Apple starts talking about processors in new iPhones? What is the fastest, best, most beautiful and other “most” in relation to a particular chip. The same thing repeats year after year. However, in some situations, the difference between the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max will not be noticeable to ordinary users. Therefore, I propose to take a look at a more detailed comparison of processors and amounts of RAM, starting with the first frameless iPhone X:

Model CPU RAM CPU cores GPU Number of transistors (billion)
iPhone 14 Pro A16 Bionic 6 GB 6 5 16
iPhone 14 A15 Bionic 6 GB 6 5 fifteen
iPhone 13 Pro A15 Bionic 6 GB 6 5 fifteen
iPhone 13 A15 Bionic 4 GB 6 5 fifteen
iPhone 12 Pro A14 Bionic 6 GB 6 four 11.8
iPhone 12 A14 Bionic 4 GB 6 four 11.8
iPhone 11 Pro A13 Bionic 4 GB 6 four 8.5
iPhone 11 A13 Bionic 4 GB 6 four 8.5
iPhone XS A12 Bionic 3 GB 6 four 6.9
iPhone XR A12 Bionic 3 GB 6 four 6.9
iPhone X A11 Bionic 3 GB 6 3 4.3

As you can see, starting with the iPhone X, Apple processors have undergone significant changes. What is only an increase in the number of transistors. Due to the decrease in the process technology, an increasing number of transistors can be placed on the processor. If you do not go into technical details, this leads to an increase in productivity.

Pay attention also to the moment that Apple is actively developing the capabilities of neural networks. And by the latest generation of iPhones, a 16-core neural engine is already responsible for their work. Therefore, it has significantly more processing power than the iPhone X.

iPhone performance

But just the dry characteristics of processors are not interesting. On paper, we already understand that the iPhone XR cannot compete with the modern iPhone 14 Pro. But what does the performance of these devices look like in direct comparison? Here will help us Geekbench 5 benchmark. Look at the results of all the iPhones we reviewed:

Model Single core test Multi-core test
iPhone 14 Pro 1880 5317
iPhone 14 1733 4641
iPhone 13 Pro 1708 4659
iPhone 13 1639 4498
iPhone 12 Pro 1577 3987
iPhone 12 1571 3863
iPhone 11 Pro 1313 3275
iPhone 11 1311 3095
iPhone XS 1105 2526
iPhone XR 1102 2263
iPhone X 906 2144

The results are in. You can immediately see how Apple has worked on processors over the past five years. The multi-core performance difference between iPhone X and iPhone 14 Pro is 3173 points. Apple A16 Bionic Processor became more powerful than A11 by 2.5 times. Agree that the numbers are impressive. In fact, it can be seen with the naked eye.

Just place these smartphones side by side and browse apps and desktops. I assure you, you will see the difference. I compared the iPhone XR, which is not much more powerful than the iPhone X, with the iPhone 13, which has the same processor as the iPhone 14. The difference was very noticeable. And this is in simple user tasks. And if, for example, you start video processing, then there are equal to the latest generations Apple processors won’t be at all.

As expected, there is almost no difference between the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14. And the differences noted in the table can be attributed to the error of a particular measurement. At the same time, a little, but the iPhone 14 has become more powerful than the regular iPhone 13. This is most likely due to the increase in the amount of RAM.

iPhone – graphics

But an even bigger difference can be seen in GPU performance:

Model Geekbench metal
iPhone 14 Pro 15739
iPhone 14 12909
iPhone 13 Pro 14225
iPhone 13 11233
iPhone 12 Pro 9192
iPhone 12 9202
iPhone 11 Pro 7315
iPhone 11 7298
iPhone XS 5333
iPhone XR 5320
iPhone X 3890

Graphics performance in iPhone 14 Pro has become more than in the iPhone X, a stunning 4 times. That is, modern iPhones can really play beautiful games in terms of graphics. The difference between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 Pro in favor of the latter looks amazing. Given that they use the same processors, I would venture to suggest that Apple artificially limits chipset in iPhone 14so that it does not give out more performance than last year’s firmware.

Processor frequency – iPhone

But Apple is not limited to one graphics. Evaluate how the clock speed of processors has changed over five years:

Model Performance cores Energy Efficient Cores
iPhone 14 Pro 3.46 2.02
iPhone 14 3.23 2.02
iPhone 13 Pro 3.23 2.02
iPhone 13 3.23 2.02
iPhone 12 Pro 3.09 1.82
iPhone 12 3.09 1.82
iPhone 11 Pro 2.65 1.72
iPhone 11 2.65 1.72
iPhone XS 2.49 1.59
iPhone XR 2.49 1.59
iPhone X 2.39 1.19

Here the changes are not as impressive as in general performance, but the frequency of the processor plays an important role in making the devices show such a difference in power.

If someone tells you that his iPhone X works the same way as the iPhone 13 Pro, then don’t believe it for anything in life. Most likely, the person simply did not hold in his hands new Apple smartphones. The transition from any of the old iPhones to one of the modern ones will definitely give a big increase in the speed of work and it will be noticeable. But changing iPhones of neighboring generations to each other is definitely not worth it. Most likely, you will not notice any difference in performance. It is better to do this at least after one generation. Then you will definitely feel that you have a new device with an improved chipset in your hands.

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