The 10th anniversary iPhone 8 is rumored to be the biggest upgrade in Apple’s smartphone lineup in years. It will have an all-new design with an edge-to-edge display, a more advanced processor, wireless charging, augmented reality, facial recognition, and many more new technologies. If history is any indication, the iPhone 8 speed will be significantly better than its predecessor, even in real life tests.

iPhone 8 Speed
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A little background on the speed test

Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure how the iPhone 8 will perform in real life until its launch. A YouTuber has created an interesting video that gives us a rough idea of the iPhone 8 speed. The video comes from YouTube channel PhoneBuff. They had released a similar video last year to assess the speed of the iPhone 7 before its launch.

Last year, they took the iPhone 6S, which was powered by the A9 processor, and pitted it against the original iPad Pro. The iPad Pro was running the A9X chipset, an improved version of the A9. The iPhone 7’s A10 chip was supposed to only improve upon the iPad Pro’s A9X. So, the iPhone 6S vs iPad Pro speed test gave us a fair idea of the iPhone 7 speed, which was slightly better than the iPad Pro.

iPhone 8 speed to be better than iPad Pro’s A10X Fusion, so…

In the latest video, PhoneBuff has pitted the iPhone 7 against the latest iPad Pro. The new iPad Pro runs the A10X Fusion processor, an upgraded version of the iPhone 7’s A10 Fusion chip. The A10 processor is based on the same 10nm manufacturing process on which the iPhone 8’s A11 chip is based. The A11 will be faster than the A10X. Here’s the video comparing the iPhone 7 and the new iPad Pro. Notice the difference in the speeds of the two devices, and then remember that the difference will only be wider between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 speed.

The new iPad Pro beats the iPhone 7 in app launch test. In some cases, the iPad Pro seemed a bit slower. But that’s primarily because it had to load more content due to its larger display. Before starting the test, David Rahimi of PhoneBuff turned on the stopwatch on both devices. Also keep in mind that the iOS 11 will bring animation improvements that will help load the content even faster on the iPhone 8.

In the app launch test, the iPad Pro was able to load every game faster than the iPhone 7. Apple’s tablet finished the first lap in just 1 minute and 24 seconds. By comparison, the iPhone 7 took 1 minute and 34 seconds to complete the first lap. The difference is only 10 seconds, which seems small. The difference between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 speed should be wider than that. Just to give you the data for comparison, the difference between the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 was 12 seconds.

If this is true, no competitor can match the iPhone 8 speed

Chinese tipster Ice Universe, who has a fairly decent track record, said in a tweet that the iPhone 8’s A11 chip would have a clock speed of 3GHz. The leaker added that the A11 processor would offer Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) technology that allows a processor to use all its core simultaneously. In a follow-up tweet, Ice Universe revealed GeekBench 4 preliminary benchmark results for Apple’s next-gen processor.

According to the tipster, the A11 processor will score between 4300 and 4600 in single-core tests, and between 7000 and 8500 points in multi-core tests. The leaker said the two sets of numbers differ because the chip was set at different clock speeds for each test. If it turns out to be true, the iPhone 8 will crush even the latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro in the crucial single-core tests. The iPad Pro running A10X scored 3878 points in the single-core test on GeekBench 4.

In multi-core, the iPhone 8 speed will lag behind the iPad Pro (9179 points), but will be miles ahead of the iPhone 7 (5523 points). Talking about competitors, the best Android phone available in the market right now, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 scored 1966 in single-core and 6502 in multi-core tests. If Ice Universe’s report is accurate, the iPhone 8 will have no match in the market when it comes out. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will have the same processors that power the current Galaxy S8.

Taiwan-based TSMC, which bagged the exclusive contract to make the A11 chips, has already started mass production of Apple’s next-gen processor. TSMC was also the sole supplier of the A10 chips. The company initially aimed to have 50 million A11 units ready by the end of July, but production was affected due to issues with the 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. The technical problems have now been resolved.

HomePod firmware sheds light on iPhone 8 design

Separately, app developers have discovered plenty of details hidden in the latest HomePod firmware that Apple released a few days ago. The firmware revealed that the iPhone 8 would feature an edge-to-edge display with no side bezels or physical home button. There will be a cutout at the top to accommodate the front camera, earpiece, and other sensors. The HomePod will run a full-fledged iOS.

The firmware for the smart speaker identifies the iPhone 8 as “D22.” It revealed that the 10th anniversary iPhone will have an infrared sensor within the BiometricKit framework for facial recognition. The code sheds light on how the infrared sensor will recognize your face in different conditions such as your face being too close or too far from the camera, and the presence of multiple faces.

The iPhone 8 will be Apple’s most expensive smartphone yet. Its price is rumored to start at around $900 and go all the way up to $1100 or higher. The phone’s launch will also get delayed by a few weeks due to technical issues with new features. The delayed launch coupled with a higher price tag could hurt the iPhone 8 sales this holiday quarter, believe analysts.