Despite being as long as some feature-length films, Apple events are usually somewhat light on detail. 

Tuesday’s iPhone 15 launch was no exception, and while we know that the handsets will be the ‘bestest iPhones ever’ (only mildly paraphrasing here), we only have a vague impression as to why, with Apple largely keeping key specs close to its corporate chest.

But now a handset that appears to be the iPhone 15 Pro has popped up on Geekbench, a week ahead of it finding its way into early adopters’ mitts, giving us some useful insights. TL;DR: it’s very fast indeed.

As spotted by MySmartPrice, a handset with the name of “iPhone16,1” achieves a scores of 2,908 and 7,238 for single and multi-core respectively, while one called “iPhone16,2” gets a very similar 2,846 and 7,024. 

That’s presumably the Pro and Pro Max models, and the speed difference seems to be a rounding error. What is interesting is both come with 8GB RAM — up 2GB from the iPhone 14 Pro.

So what do these scores mean in the real world? They mean that the iPhone 15 Pro is set to comfortably be the fastest smartphone on the planet, at around 13-15% faster than last year’s version. Here’s a quick chart featuring key iPhones and the fastest Android handset’s average Geekbench scores for comparison:

PhoneChipsetSingle coreMulti core
iPhone 15 Pro (leaked)Apple A17 Pro2,9087,238
iPhone 14 ProApple A16 Bionic2,5206,387
Samsung Galaxy S23 UltraQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 21,8784,973
Google Pixel 7 ProGoogle Tensor G21,4043,368

There are a few things to say about this. The first is that Apple definitely gets a big hand up by making both hardware and software (though, of course, by that logic Google should be doing better). 

The second is in the real world, you’re unlikely to notice a difference, because all these handsets are more than fast enough, and capable of running pretty much anything you throw at them.

Finally, Apple’s hardware is brand new, while Qualcomm and Google’s are approaching their first birthdays. Both Google and Qualcomm have events lined up for October, so both could close the gap soon.

Though given both are some distance behind last year’s iPhone 14 Pro for speed, holding your breath for a new champion chipset may prove a recipe for disappointed asphyxiation.

Alan Martin
Alan is an experienced and versatile writer with the unique distinction of having written for both The New Statesman and Nuts. The list of publications Alan has written for doesn't stop there. His work has also been published in: Wired, CNET, Gizmodo UK, ShortList, NME, TechRadar, The i, The Independent, The Evening Standard, City Metric, Macworld, Pocket Gamer, Expert Reviews, Coach, The Inquirer, Rock Paper Shotgun, Tom's Guide, T3, PC Pro, IT Pro, Ideal Home, Livingetc, Stuff, Business Insider, theBit, Wareable, and Trusted Reviews. Alan now covers a range of subjects for ReviewsFire, with a focus on news - his unique style of covering technology news is a key part of ReviewsFire's success.

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