The new iPhone has some really powerful specs. It delivers on 3 GB of RAM with its A10 fusion chip that has a lot of improvements over last years A9 chip. For one, it has four cores that are specifically divided to deliver on performance and power management. This delivers some excellent battery life and graphics to the phone. So much so that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus beat the S7 and Note 7 when it comes to performance.
It used to be the case that Apple’s processors deliver more when you rack them up against the other phones in terms of single core performance. When it came to multi-core performance, Android phones used to beat them straight with the Samsung Exynos chips and the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. This has changed with the new iPhone 7 apparently.
According to a test done by John Gruber, veteran Apple journalist, the difference is clear. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus outpace the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy “exploding” Note 7 in terms of single and multi-core performance. The iPhone also beats out the Huawei P9 and the OnePlus 3, the latter of which has 6 GB of RAM!
The Single core performance is still incredibly clear. Apple averages at 3450 points while the Samsung flagships average half that; around 1800 points. The multi-core performance is slightly nuanced since the S7 edge is just 400 points behind the iPhone 7 with its 5630 points.
Factor in the fact that the processors in the Android phones are the quadcore Snapdragon and the octa-core Exynos chips and it’s unbelievable that Apple beats them by so much.
John Gruber also mentions that the iPhone 7 also beats all of the variants of the Macbook Air thus far released by Apple. It’s even on par with the Macbook Pro 2013.
A recent article by the Verge highlighted how the iPhone has been able to stay ahead of the competition by simply compromising on the things that don’t need any more improvement and focusing on better integration. Apple’s hardware and software both run together ensuring end to end control, a philosophy founder Steve Jobs pushed till his death in 2011. And it’s through this integration that inefficiencies and bugs have been worked out to the extent that Android smartphones can’t handle.
We’ve all heard the bad buzz around Android sets not updating to the latest software fast enough. This is due to the many different carriers and handsets Android is available on. Only the Nexus Android phones can hope to get a timely update while the Samsung, HTC and Huawei models keep waiting their turn.