Apple’s latest iPhone 15 Pro comes equipped with the powerful A17 Pro processor, heralded as a significant leap forward in performance during the Wonderlust event. While Apple claimed substantial improvements, we now have some initial benchmark results to shed light on just how remarkable this advancement truly is.
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Geekbench, a widely-used benchmarking tool, permits users to submit their scores to an online database. Recent submissions appear to reveal the performance of the iPhone 15 Pro, armed with the A17 Pro processor and running iOS 17.
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The device, identified as “iPhone 16,1” (presumably the iPhone 15 Pro), delivered impressive results. It achieved a single-core score of 2914, marking a notable 16% increase over the A16 Bionic’s 2520 score in the iPhone 14 Pro. In the multi-core category, the A17 Pro notched a score of 7238, showcasing a commendable 13% boost compared to the A16 Bionic’s 6387. Apple touted a 10% faster CPU, but the precise metrics behind this claim were not disclosed.
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Apple’s emphasis, however, remains on GPU performance, asserting a remarkable 20% enhancement over the A16 Bionic, coupled with a fourfold increase in ray tracing performance. Although Geekbench’s Compute benchmark assesses GPU performance for general computation (excluding graphics), the Compute database currently lacks iPhone 15 Pro results. As a result, we must await additional scores to gauge the full extent of the A17 Pro’s superiority over the A16 Bionic in this domain.
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The A17 Pro marks Apple’s inaugural venture into the 3nm chip fabrication process, enabling greater transistor density than its predecessors. This cutting-edge chip comprises a 6-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. Apple has also reengineered the 6-core GPU to accommodate ray tracing acceleration. To complement this, MetalFX Upscaling collaborates with the 16-core Neural Engine, boasting a twofold speed boost according to Apple.
In the quest for a deeper understanding of the A17 Pro’s prowess, we anticipate additional benchmarks and real-world usage to unveil the full extent of its performance, solidifying its reputation as a powerhouse within the smartphone landscape.