We are exactly one week from the official announcement of the iPhone 11 family, and although most of the key points and updates (mostly minor) on last year’s XS / XS Max / XR line have already been leaked, the whole story it is far from clear. For example, we’re still not entirely sure how Apple intends to tag its iPhone XR sequel, which should maintain a lower-quality LCD panel than its successors XS and XS Max, while it probably jumps from a single to the dual rear camera setup.
This low-cost member of the iPhone 2019 family could become official as the iPhone 11 R or simply the iPhone 11 along with an 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max with first-rate OLED displays and versatile triple-lens imaging systems. Of course, what is much more important than a trade name are the hidden improvements prepared for the second-generation iPhone XR, some of which may have been revealed in a preliminary list of Geekbench.
Updated processor, updated memory count, many question marks
While the 2018 iPhone XR has taken on a number of commitments that include technology and screen resolution, camera performance and versatility and even build quality compared to iPhone XS and XS Max, all three phones shared an Apple A12 Bionic all SoC ‘avant-garde, which strongly suggested that the A13 would run the hardware program also for the entire 2019 line.
Although the reference point “iPhone 12,1” just mentioned does not explicitly mention the name of the Apple A13 processor, it is quite obvious that we are seeing something different from the A12 that powers the XR. Something with a similar 6-core CPU layout, but an improved clock speed of 2.66 GHz for the two high-performance cores (compared to 2.49 GHz). Unfortunately, the data revealed by Geekbench does not tell us much more about the A13 chip, although we have known for some time that TSMC has returned to producing this beast with the same 7-nanometer architecture as the A12 but with a touch of lithography to Ultraviolet Extreme (EUV) which should provide significant improvements in energy efficiency.
What the new benchmark reveals is the use of 4 GB of RAM in “iPhone 12,1”, compared to only 3 concerts of good things inside the iPhone XR and a combination for XS and XS max memory counting While Apple doesn’t he believes that this specification is worth including in his official papers, he must realize that there is a good reason why the company is preparing this update without a doubt silent. This probably has to do with the SoC A13 itself, but the connection is not entirely clear.
Nor do we know if the sequels of the iPhone XS and XS Max are ready to take a leap of memory, but we doubt very much that Apple will launch one of its 2019 phones with 6 GB of RAM. By the way, we are pretty sure that the model number of the iPhone 12.1 is associated with the iPhone 11R (or the basic level of the iPhone 11), having appeared previously in very credible reports.
Single-core marginal improvement, without changing core anymore
No, synthetic benchmarks are not always representative of real-world performance. And no, we are not 100% sure that this particular benchmark is legitimate. But if it is (and could be), it is certainly worth noting that the scores of this iPhone 11 prototype are not much higher than those of the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. In fact, the results of multi-core speed they are substantially identical, while single-core performance appears to be progressing by around 12 percent.
This is far from what we would call an impressive update, and although Apple should be able to repel the avalanche of this year’s Android flagships that include the Snapdragon 855 and 855+ processors, the 865 could be a completely different fish kettle. At present, there is a good chance that the likes of the Galaxy S11 demolish the iPhone 11 line with multi-core performance, which was obviously not the case with the Galaxy S10 and the iPhone XS.
On the other hand, it is important to remember that these are pre-launch tests performed on pre-launch devices that run pre-launch software. As for “iPhone 12.1”, we are talking about a version of iOS 13.1 that may not be perfectly optimized for a commercial version. In other words, we still don’t know anything about the real-life features of iPhone 11 that will soon be released.
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