This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The benchmark results, purportedly from the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the largest and high-end model in this year's flagship iPhone series, have been released on AnTuTu.
This year's iPhone was officially announced by Apple as shipping a few weeks later than last year, and it didn't finally show up at the recent new product launch event.
However, the 4th generation iPad Air was announced to have the same A14 Bionic like the iPhone 12, which was revealed to be a 5-nm process chip (the A13 in the iPhone 11 is 7nm). Apple didn't go into details beyond stating that the A14 is high-performance, but TSMC, the manufacturer of the A-series, said in general terms (not a direct comparison between the A13 and A14) that the move from 7nm to 5nm would reduce power consumption by up to 30 percent and increase processing power by up to 15 percent.
And AnTuTu, known for its benchmark measurement app, has announced on the Chinese social networking site Weibo's official account that a benchmark, presumably the iPhone 12 Pro Max, has been released. This is in line with what a number of accomplished and famous leakers (who disseminate influential information about high-profile unannounced products) ice universe has mentioned on Twitter.
Reasonable guess: Apple A14 will focus more on reducing power consumption and heat, as well as improving AI performance.
When compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the total score of this alleged iPhone 12 Pro Max device is up by about 9%, the highest score ever for the iPhone series released on the market so far. And Indian Media's MySmartPrice has analyzed that it will have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
But as for the GPU, there is almost no difference between it and the previous year's model. Furthermore, ice universe points out that it doesn't score as well as the Android high-end device with Qualcomm's latest SnapDragon 865 Plus.
At the time of writing, the mainstream expectation is that the iPhone 12 series will be released in two phases, two models each. There are a number of theories about the breakdown, but they all agree that the 6.7-inch is the last to launch, and if it's a November release, there will be more than a month to go. In the meantime, performance will be optimized and it's possible that it could reach a score higher than this one.
Another thing that's interesting to note is that the device's UX performance among its AnTuTU scores is almost identical to that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. UX stands for user experience (operating performance), but it generally tends to reflect the refresh rate of the screen. In other words, the lack of change in the UX score lends credence to the rumor that the iPhone 12's refresh rate will remain at 60 Hz, as it has been in the past, and not 120 Hz as it has been since the iPad Pro (2017).
The performance of a smartphone is not only about the CPU and GPU, especially with Apple's recent focus on enhancing the Neural Engine's machine learning and battery life, so it's possible that users will feel more than the benchmark score when they get their hands on one. Regardless, we're praying that the performance will be brought out just in time for the launch.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.