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Pepperfection

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Especially if your phone is from the past couple of years.

Not hating. Just curious(cuz I don't upgrade as much as I used to), because I see many being excited about the faster performance of newer phones. I even have a couple of friends who upgrades yearly and they state how the newer phones are xx% faster.

Is it all just excitement over the specs of a new iPhone? Where does one really notice the phone is faster? How fast the camera opens or Instagram loads?
 

casperes1996

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Casual use? No; not unless you're upgrading from a phone more than, I don't know, four years old. I men it is measurable even in day-to-day tasks at times, but unless you compare side-by-side, I don't think you'd notice.
 

Asiatic Black Hebrew

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The majority of consumers won't notice a single difference with the processing speed. The only people who might benefit are high end mobile gamers. Supposedly the 15PM chip performs 18% more operations per second than the A16 Bionic inside the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

What does that boil down to?...A fraction of a second difference (if anything) in normal real world use.
 
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eyoungren

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My primary phone is the 11 Pro Max. Works fine, iOS 17. I have nothing newer to compare to. My 6s Plus works fine on iOS 15 as well, but it's a secondary phone primarily used to stream music on morning walks. It's not doing any intense processing.

My 6 Plus on iOS 12 works fine too. Sometimes, it can be a tad slow, but that's mainly opening an app. I'm not using it for anything intensive.

My iPhone 5 on iOS 10 is a bit slow. The rest of my devices, same. None being used for anything intensive.
 

Zest28

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My girlfriend her iPhone 14 Pro Max is definitely faster than my iPhone 11 Pro Max. But my old iPhone 11 Pro Max is more than fast enough really.

The speed difference is so meaningless, I'm now waiting for the iPhone 16 Pro Max when Apple pushed my delivery date to 2 months of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max will last for an other year no problem.
 

dmr727

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I upgrade only after a few generations, so I definitely notice increased responsiveness each time.
 
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sack_peak

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Assuming the older device has a fresh new battery on a previous OS version that the user updates for Security Updates and not Software Updates then you will notice a tangible performance boost when replacing every 6 years, 9 years or after the final Security Update to the next year model after.

If I knew of COVID-19 would keep me isolated from March 2020 to March 2023 I'd likely have kept my 2017 iPhone 8 Plus until 2022 iPhone 14 Pro Max.
 

Andeddu

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The XR is probably the oldest phone you’d notice a performance difference with. I know this because my 13 is noticeably faster over general use than my iPad Mini 5 which runs on the same chipset (A12) as the XR. The A12 still runs handsomely on iOS 16 though so the difference is extremely minor.
 

bevsb2

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The amount of storage doesn't have any effect on performance.
I saw this online:
"A 256GB SSD typically has better performance than a 128GB SSD for a few reasons: Larger capacity SSDs generally have more NAND flash memory chips installed, which allows for higher performance due to increased parallelism of data transfer."
and was concerned because I ordered 128GB as that is enough storage for me otherwise.
 

casperes1996

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I saw this online:
"A 256GB SSD typically has better performance than a 128GB SSD for a few reasons: Larger capacity SSDs generally have more NAND flash memory chips installed, which allows for higher performance due to increased parallelism of data transfer."
and was concerned because I ordered 128GB as that is enough storage for me otherwise.
The actual SSD might be a tiny tiny tiny bit faster on the larger capacity iPhone (though I'm not sure if iPhone scales storage with more chips or bigger chips) but CPU, GPU and memory performance will all be the same and iOS does not make use of swap memory (iPadOS can on some iPads). So the speed of the storage basically doesn't really matter. And it's been a lot faster than most competition for many years anyway
 
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bevsb2

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The actual SSD might be a tiny tiny tiny bit faster on the larger capacity iPhone (though I'm not sure if iPhone scales storage with more chips or bigger chips) but CPU, GPU and memory performance will all be the same and iOS does not make use of swap memory (iPadOS can on some iPads). So the speed of the storage basically doesn't really matter. And it's been a lot faster than most competition for many years anyway
Thanks, now I’m happy with my order again!
 

rui no onna

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Frankly, I haven't noticed a tangible performance difference since A12. Maybe if I compare them side by side, I might see some split second difference. In normal use though, I've never felt A12 to be slow.

Now A9 and A10, yes, I do notice.
 

jm31828

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Frankly, I haven't noticed a tangible performance difference since A12. Maybe if I compare them side by side, I might see some split second difference. In normal use though, I've never felt A12 to be slow.

Now A9 and A10, yes, I do notice.
I agree- my wife had an XS Max that she bought at launch, and I compared it side by side with her new 15 Plus when I was setting it up for her. I was not really noticing any difference in speed in opening apps and performing standard functions.
 

nappes

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Is a single generation speed up noticeable unless you are testing side my side - no. Noticeable across multiple generations - yes. But I will take all the speed I can get, sometimes I’m waiting for the phone to display some ui before I can tap it - I’d rather not.

I also get a geeky love for how much tech is in these things. 19B transistors in the A17, that’s crazy. 6B in the s9 in the new watches, that’s insane, that’s more than the iPhone 8 chip.

So yes I’ll upgrade
 
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