More power for more iPhones? A10 gets benchmarked as orders go up
The iPhone supply chain in Taiwan is warming up to making more parts for the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And there’s plenty to warm up, too, if we go by some new benchmark numbers.
But let’s start with a report from Digitimes claiming that Apple has upped its orders for iPhone components by 10 percent. The company seemingly has a more upbeat attitude about iPhone shipments in the back half of the year. Compared with the estimated 180 million iPhones shipped in the period last year, sources say that Infinite Loop was planning on only shipping approximately 108 million for this year.
Concerns persist about whether the holiday buying mood can keep iPhone fervor up — orders could start dropping during the fourth quarter. We’re also not sure if vendors have been able to defend their price points as Apple continues to press downwards with the threat of switching to Chinese sources.
Maybe more horsepower can help the case for an iPhone 7. A Geekbench result has popped up, purporting to show such a device having run on its tests with “iOS 10.1” on-board and 2GB of RAM.
The dual-core chip scores an impressive 3379 on the single-core test and a fairly average 5495 in the multi-core section. For comparison, the octa-core Exynos 8890 chip, made by Samsung, takes a more conservative push with a single-core score averaging around 1850 and a multi-score in the low- to mid-5000 range. The iPhone 6s, running the A9 chipset, has averaged a 2500/4100 split.
Historically, benchmarks haven’t really mattered for those doing practical performance and usage tests — the iPhone gets the most optimized hardware and software for its (very limited) platform and it typically runs it all better than comparable devices on competing platforms.