Not many people expected Apple to take the foot of the pedal in this fashion for the A8 processor, but according to preliminary benchmarks the iPhone 6 doesn’t exactly leaps in performance.

At least in the graphics department — this benchmark below only takes into account the GPU.

So then, the latest tests performed by Rightware show that the new A8 processor that powers the newly unveiled iPhone 6 managed to score 21,204 points. Which is peculiarly close to the 20,254 points that the iPhone 5S grabbed.

The different, as you can see, is really marginal.

For comparison purposes, the iPhone 5 came in at 10,973 points, while the iPhone 4S scored 5,034.

Microsoft’s Nokia Lumia 1520, the Windows Phone powered phablet takes the GPU crown with ease, finishing top of the list with an impressive 25,346 points.

And the surprising thing is that the Lumia 1520 is far from being the newest kid on the block. It houses the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, which works in tandem with the Adreno 330 GPU. Hardly the newest solutions.

Benchmarks aren’t everything they say, but the way Apple designed these new chips sure is a little startling. The iPhone 6 is currently in the 17th place on this list, and with the Sony Xperia Z3 incoming, expect it to fall even further when it comes to graphics rankings.

No wonder the company did not talk much about performance at the iPhone 6 launch event.

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  • WillyThePooh

    When I looked at the “new” features of iPhone6, I already have a feeling that Apple is now playing catch up. But I don’t know that they exaggerated the performance gain that much. I am now charging my phone every day. I don’t want to charge my watch everyday as well. And what if my watch runs out of battery in the middle of the day? Pretty annoying I guess carrying a dead watch to meet my friends.

    • Steve Fulton

      Precisely. iPhones are living off former versions and marginally upgrading the same Phone every year to make people continue buying the same phone with a couple of shinier things every year. It’s a brilliant strategy that’s working, but it doesn’t mean it’s the best phone.

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, they are essentially offering 2012 mobile technology today, though heavily, heavily optimized. And with the balance we’ve come to expect from them.

      Still a lot of edges to round up for them, though, including the battery time you mentioned. Thing is that they only upgrade their smartphones once a year, unlike some other large companies, and that comes with both pros and cons.

  • Eddie84

    Above all else, this shows that the lumia is a great option. The iPhone is another can of worms that I don’t want to fully open. It’s a nice option, but not all it’s hyped up to be.

  • Ray C

    Apple loves to hype things, but their advancements are never the leap they try to make them out to be

  • Mike Greenway

    It will work well enough to sell a bunch of them and make Apple millions. I don’t buy apple but it’s not like they are the evil empire or something.

  • OnTheWrite

    I looked at a iphone 6 yesterday, very nice and solid phone, much easier to hold, feels comfortable, much better than the iphone 4. Interestingly, it doesn’t look like an iphone.