The A6 processor on board Apple’s freshly launched iPhone 5 may actually be much beefier than originally reported, updated benchmark tests suggest.
The new SoC (system-on-chip), which is the first to be designed in-house, was initially thought to be a 1GHz number. However, new Geekbench tests conducted on the iOS 6-compatible version of the app reveal that it actually performs at 1.3GHz.
John Poole of Primate Labs, which runs Geekbench, attributed the leap to “a dramatically improved processor frequency detection algorithm, which consistently reports the A6′s frequency as 1.3GHz".
He explained that the previous version of the app “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".
It is thought that the A6 processor is able to dynamically adjust its output to the tasks it needs to perform. So it is able to overclock when it needs a bit of push and underclock for handling simpler tasks and to conserve battery.
So what does it mean for you? Well, just that your iPhone 5 is a bit quicker than widely believed. And if you put much stock in benchmark comparisons, despite being a dual core variety, it’s clearly able to go toe to toe with the quad-core heavy-hitters running Android, such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X.