Performance Comparison: iOS 10.2 Beta Vs iOS 10.1.1 Vs 10.1

Here’s a side-by-side performance comparison between iOS 10.2 beta Vs iOS 10.1.1 Vs iOS 10.1, conducted on various different generation iPhone models.

When Apple released a beta of iOS 10.2 just hours after the final release of iOS 10.1.1, the obvious question revolved around how well that beta would stack up against the most recent, live version of the iPhone and iPad operating system – especially considering it was mere hours old. Would the beta offer any kind of speed increase, especially for those nursing older hardware through the latest round of software updates, hoping beyond hope to eek just a little more performance out of their devices?


So, it should perhaps be of no surprise to anyone that new videos are now available from iAppleBytes that show iOS 10.2 beta 1 being put through its paces alongside iOS 10.1.1 across devices ranging from an iPhone 5 all the way up to iPhone 6s. Which would perform best? Would either actually be any better than the other? The answer is yes. Mostly.

iAppleBytes told us that “I have done the tests, and from my preliminary results it looks as if there are minor improvements. Although some devices boot a tiny bit slower, it seems like some apps do launch a bit faster, like Photos on the iPhone 5. Overall the Geekbench scores are better across the board on all devices, except for the 6 which is almost a tie.”

So what is the takeaway here? Well, the most conclusive thing we can come up with is that iOS 10.2 is certainly no step backwards as far as performance is concerned, which, at this stage, is really all we can hope for. New releases are now aimed at fixing bugs and adding functionality, neither of which are usually conducive to making software faster. If iOS 10.2 can survive without adding any additional delays to things like the launching of apps or performing of tasks, then we’re pretty happy.

iAppleBytes conducted similar tests comparing iOS 10.1 to iOS 10.1.1 on the same devices as well, though, as one would expect, there seems to be little or no difference between the two.

iOS 10.2 Beta 1 vs iOS 10.1.1 on iPhone 6s

iOS 10.2 Beta 1 vs iOS 10.1.1 on iPhone 5

iOS 10.1.1 vs iOS 10.1 on iPhone 6s

iOS 10.1.1 vs iOS 10.1 on iPhone 5

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