When new hardware is announced by the Cupertino giant it seems that so many of us choose to place an unfair weighting on the design of the product and how pleasing it is to the eye. It’s worth remembering that the technical specifications attached to the hardware, as well as the subsequent performance that the specification provides is equally as important as the design, if not more so. Thankfully for the millions of consumers around the world who have opted to welcome the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus into their lives, the early benchmark results seem to suggest that Apple’s new smartphones shouldn’t provide any performance related headaches.
AnandTech has taken the opportunity to ring the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through the performance mill in order to see how it performs against other devices on the market in a series of carefully sculpted tests. One of the initial sets of results indicates that Apple’s A8 chip that provides the processing power for both devices offers an increased performance of approximately 13% when compared with the previous generation A7 found in the iPhone 5s. As part of that metric, the publication believes that the underlying architecture of of the two processors is “relatively similar“.
In addition to improvements in raw processing power, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were also found to have impressive battery life compared to other devices on the market. All devices tested were placed under the same Web browsing conditions through a stable Wi-Fi network connection to gauge how long the battery would last in hours. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, with its built-in lithium-ion 2,915mAh battery, offered an honorable 13.7 hours of Web browsing time, bested only by the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. The iPhone 6, with it’s smaller capacity battery, came fifth in the test overall with 11.4 hours of browsing time offered.
Given the fact that the new A8 chip offers a hefty performance increase over the competition, as well as bringing considering GPU performance rises, it would seem that Apple is to be commended for managing to deliver these upgrades while also managing to offer impressive battery life on the new device.