Benchmarks: iOS 6 vs iOS 7

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by brijazz, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. brijazz macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    Can anyone let me know where I can see iOS 6 and iOS 7 benchmarks across different devices?

    I use an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2... both at the lowest end of minimum requirements to run iOS 7, and I'm concerned that they'll slow to a crawl if I update. I realize that iOS 7 is still in beta, but with the rumored September 10 release right around the corner, I can't imagine that any massive performance changes are coming in the public version. So, recent benchmarking should be enough to compare by, I would assume.
  2. pk7 macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2011
    I'm not sure where you can find comparisons, but my iPhone 4S went from around 635-640 on Geekbench on iOS 6 to ~605 on iOS 7 betas 3-4. I haven't tested with the latest betas because I'm waiting until GM. Hopefully the reduction was just a beta thing.
  3. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    iOS 7 makes the 4S weaker? This can't be good for iPhone 4.
  4. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Its generally the trend with all software updates on older hardware; they are designed mainly for the new devices. Apple decides to remove certain debilitating features (such as parallax) from older devices so they can still run moderately decent on the new OS. Its their way of justifying "low fragmentation" of iOS and because they dont support downgrading of software, eventually the reduction of speed or lack of features will entice you to upgrade to a newer device; hence profit.
  5. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    you'll be three generations behind come next month (well, 2 behind on the ipad but another refresh seems to be coming).

    i'd honestly recommend saving up and upgrading if speed and functionality is important to you. upgrading from a 4 to a 5 made an impact on me, my phone felt FAST for the first time in 2 years.
  6. vigilant macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Performance of shipping product should be better then what's in the beta in theory.

    Betas normally have debug code that slow things down compared to the final versions.

    Best example that most people can try is VMware Fusion public beta. Those go out with verbose debugging enabled and take a performance hit because of it. You can disable debug logging and performance is noticeably faster.

    If it helps though, on my iPad mini (same hardware as iPad 2) iOS 7 runs very well for me.
  7. watchthisspace macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    Wouldn't it be more beneficial and accurate to have any benchmark comparisons between the two iOS versions when iOS:7 is out of Beta?
  8. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Yes. Never benchmark a beta.
  9. brijazz thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    I would never ask for a benchmark on an early beta, but I'm figuring that with the (rumored) public release date only 11 days away that most of the major optimization is complete and that the most recent beta should be able to provide a fair indicator of the GM's performance.

    Of course, I'd love to be proven wrong and see that the GM is much faster!
  10. MarcusCarpenter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2013
    iOS7 Beta will be much slower than 6 because of the Debugger thats running constantly in the background, Final release (GM) won't have the debugger running and won't be as slow and of course battery levels will be much better
  11. brijazz thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    Good to know, thanks!
  12. benji888 macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2006
    United States
    Not only this, but, also the GM will be tightened up, and optimized for speed/battery life.

    Just wait a little longer for the GM, it'll be here soon.
  13. evorc macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2011
    Ah I can't wait! Third party apps as well updating to ios 7!
  14. Virginaustralia macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    Why would you do benchmarks now? Since its still in beta the results are going to be weird
  15. azxcx macrumors newbie


    Aug 10, 2012
    Brasília, DF, BR
    Geekbench 2.4 score on a iPhone 4

    iOS 6.1.3 - 387 (link)
    iOS 7.0 - 392 (link)
  16. Ashin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    Now we need a GM, or is that GM?
  17. richard6r, Sep 10, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013

    richard6r macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2013

    iOS 6.1.4 iPhone 5.


    iOS 7 GM iPhone 5.

    As you can see, extremely disappointing.
  18. sparky1499 macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
  19. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    I expect those scores to improve with some point releases. I'm curious, did you expect iOS 7 to be faster? I'm not familiar with that app and don't know how it benchmarks.
  20. mrsketch macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2013
    My Geekbench 3 Score...

    I'm not sure why you got such poor results. I DFU'ed my iPhone 5 with the GM today. Here's what I got:

    Attached Files:

  21. Jakimo macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    Yup, I've seen others test that have seen *improved* results from iOS 7.
  22. richard6r macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2013
    I hope this isn't a case of Apple purposefully throttling the CPU during benchmarks like another company that shall remain unnamed...
  23. Synaesthesia242 macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    It's probably a case of Geekbench not updating their software yet.

    On Sunspider 1.0.1 I get better results on iOS 7 than iOS 6.

    710ms on my iPhone 5
  24. Krissypantz2828 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Well obviously this isnt true, the GM on my iPhone 5 is showing the transitions to be a little slow!!

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