In a day that has seen a fake snap of some 'iPhone 6se' packaging float through the blogosphere, another reference to such a device has allegedly
manifested itself through Geekbench. Given that the next-gen Apple handsets may follow a similar design language to the current crop, there's certainly reason to believe that the forthcoming upgrades will carry the '6se' and '6se Plus' monikers, rather than iPhone 7
. In this spirit, there's at least a glimmer of hope that the new benchmarks could be legitimate.
The source of the Geekbench numbers is a user in China, who's supposedly manage to wrangle a prototype of the iPhone 6se and put it through its paces. Running on iOS 10, it scored 5210 during multi-core testing, which is considerably higher than the 4421 score the iPhone 6s
managed in our review
. In single-core tests, the supposed prototype churned out a score of 3042, which compares favorably with the 2539 reached by the current flagship.
The source also notes that the device will not arrive with a capacitive home button this time around, and reaffirms the notion that the larger Plus variant will include dual rear-facing cameras.
Of course, given today's roll-out of the fake iPhone 6se box and the reluctance of this leakster to give the world a high quality glimpse of the prototype, this could be just another elaborate shred of cooked-up evidence. If not, though, this might be first peek at the capabilities of the next-gen iPhone's purported A10 chip.
Only last month, it was reported
that Apple's next handset could well be called the iPhone 6se. Whatever the case may be, it seems that incremental upgrades will be the order of the day, while a more dramatic overhaul (and number change
) may wait until next year