Apple's handmade A6 processor in the iPhone 5 clocked at 1.3GHz, updated benchmark reveals

Apple's handmade A6 processor in the iPhone 5 clocked at 1.3GHz, updated benchmark reveals
Apple's handmade A6 processor that we find in the iPhone 5 is a fast little thing, but that speed might be the result of a higher core frequency than reported by the Prime Labs' Geekbench benchmark before, pushing up its cores from 1 GHz to 1.3 GHz now.

This was revealed by an updated Geekbench 2.3.6 result, with the new version coming yesterday to account for more granular processor frequency detection. 

Prime Labs' John Poole commented: "Earlier versions of Geekbench had trouble determining the A6's frequency, which lead to people claiming the A6's frequency as 1.0GHz as it was the most common value Geekbench reported."

The 1.3 GHz discovery prompted speculation yesterday whether the iPhone 5 goes into temporary overclock under peak loads, but Poole disagrees: "I don't believe the A6 has any form of processor boost. In our testing, we found the 1.3GHz was constant regardless of whether one core or both cores were busy."

Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

This is quite a bump up from the i4 and i4S. This would add considerably to the fact that the i5 is twice as fast as the i4S. WIth that being said, the Galaxy S3 is clocked I believe at 1.5, with the i5 still being able to out benchmark it, so not all of the benchmark increases are contributed to the speed bump, some of it is indeed design. I like this processor. It is the current king in speed tests while maintaining battery life. Kudos to Apple.

6. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

No, it has been bested by the Galaxy 3 running Jelly Bean quite handily. vs but hey... who am I to argue with results.

11. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Buddy seriously? You can't bring up the bechmarks tailor made for Apple iPhone. And how can you even compare the S3 processor to this? They're both different and run on different OS. You cannot have a realistic accurate comparison! Grow Up will ya!

21. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Is that not the purpose of benchmarks? That is, to bring the processor and OS out of it and give a score on the device itself; thus, allowing you to compare different devices? Devices are not about benchmarks though. A better benchmark score does not mean it may be a better device, it still all depends on the design and implementation, but it does roughly level set the devices.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes and no. A benchmark does test processor and such, but it is also limited by how much free memory it has to work with as well as how processor intensive the OS is. If the OS and other apps are using up processor power its going to reduce scores. Its nearly never an even playing field between different OS's for that reason. iOS does not multitask much and it does way less at any given moment than android is doing in the background which leaves more free resources for benchmarks. So if both android and iOS were running on the exact same hardware set up, iOS should always score a little higher for hardware tests like CPU/GPU tests since iOS leaves more free resources since its does way less in the background. So, if iOS is beating a similar android set up by just a little bit in CPU/GPU tests, its not much to brag about.. it means they are pretty even in power. If it beats it by a lot, then its enough to take notice. If its behind.. then its even more behind than it shows. That simple point is proven pretty well by the SGS3 with ICS and with JB and how it barely loses to the i5 in one and wins against the i5 in the other. The only difference is how one version of Android uses system resources vs the other version of Android.

2. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

as much as i am NOT an apple fan, and i think that apple continuously sets themselves up for failure with their "this NEW iPhone will revolutionize the smartphone industry just as much as the original iPhone did" dribble...... i am generally impressed with the iphone5 though. it's a speedy little phone and i've found personally a 4" screen is my sweet spot... so if Apple could just jump off of Google's ass... and if they could both skip down the road of innovation together understanding that they are BOTH awesome and designed for VERY different types of people... maybe the world would be a better place...

4. wendygarett unregistered

When will my neighbor tired of iPhone 5 and give me already?? He has tried my patient :(

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

wendy, I thought you were going to be buying an iP5 already? (Confused) If you are waiting for your neighbor to tire of their iP5, that will take some time (1 year-ish?), unless they aren't a true iPhone fan.

9. wendygarett unregistered

Sadly... Most of his device is Apple product :(

13. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Yeah that is sad. I really feel for the person who has to endure all apple products!

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple makes some good notebook and desktop computers. Being a Windows bigot isn't much different than being an Apple bigot (or an Android bigot, for that matter). The truth will set you free....

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe time to pass on something you were going to buy to be able to get the iP5?

17. wendygarett unregistered

Nope :) don't you think it is nut to donate your hard earned money to trillionaire for an overpriced product?

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It all comes down to how badly you want a new toy. If you are waiting for neighbor to get tired of their iP5, yet you really want an iP5, maybe it is time to pass on something else? Trillionaires come with the territory. Sammy isn't exactly poor.

5. cr4zyn1nj4

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the iPhone 4S used a rebranded Exynos processor based on the Cortex-A9, right? If so, I believe this new Apple architecture is 23% faster clock-for-clock. If at 1300MHz it is twice as fast as the old processor running at 800MHz, it should be (800/1300) * 200% = 123%. I think I read on Anandtech that a Cortex-A15 at 2000MHz is roughly twice as fast as a Cortex-A9 at 1500MHz, which would give it a 50% faster clock-for-clock rate. (1500/2000) * 200% = 150%. Not trying to prove any points really, I just like numbers and technology :)

7. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

"Handmade" processor huh? How exactly is it handmade? Just had to embellish, huh? So sad that a "tech" writer can not write with accuracy. Should be ashamed.

18. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

It was laid out by hand is what they mean, not fabricated by hand. In other words, people worked together to lay the dye casting of the chip out to maximize it's efficiency vs having a computer do the layout work.

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Waiting for Remixfa's triumphant continuation of his "theory". Anyway the most impressive fact about this processor imo is the power drain lower than that of its 800 MHz predecessor even with more than double the processing capabilities, larger screen and integrated LTE. Credit where it's due, good job Apple.

12. wendygarett unregistered

Why are you criticize remix all the time... Dude he educate us a lot about chips spec... I know he is a bit bias but he gave us a lot of information to wanted people... You should respect that...

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Don't get too far out in front cheering the iP5. There are some independent benchmarks that are showing the iP5 battery life as not being what Apple is claiming. LTE use is notoriously power-hungry. Even with 2-gen LTE radios such as are in the iP5.

22. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

When Apple implements real multitasking on their devices let me know.

20. young0ne

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

IM not impressed at all if my memory serves me correct doesn't apple OS priority for task is different?

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