As the smartphone industry eagerly awaits the arrival of Apple’s iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max later this year, leaked details about the devices suggest a significant performance boost, thanks to the new A18 Pro chip lurking under the hood. According to benchmark scores that surfaced online, the A18 Pro could outshine its predecessor, the A17 Pro, and potentially surpass Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip in certain aspects.
The leaked Geekbench 6 scores, shared by user Nguyen Phi Hung (@negativeonehero) on X, indicate that the A18 Pro chip scores an impressive 3,500 points on the single-core test and 8,200 on the multi-core test. In comparison, the current-generation iPhone 15 Pro Max, equipped with the A17 Pro chip, scores 2,898 points and 7,201 points on the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. This suggests a potential 20.77 percent increase in single-core performance for the A18 Pro over its predecessor.
However, the competition remains fierce, with leaked benchmarks for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, expected to succeed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, revealing a single-core score of 2,845 points and an impressive 10,628 points on the multi-core test. This hints at a possible leapfrogging of Apple’s chip in terms of multi-core performance.
It’s essential to approach these benchmarks cautiously, considering the devices are not expected until Q3 2024. Moreover, flagship Android phones featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 are likely to debut in the last quarter of the year. Additionally, the accuracy of these leaked benchmark scores cannot be verified, as they are not published on Geekbench’s official website.
Apple’s strategy of introducing two ‘Pro’ iPhone models with the latest mobile processor, while the other two models get the chip from the previous year’s high-end iPhone, continues. The iPhone 15 models from 2023 featured the 4nm A16 Bionic processor, while the iPhone 15 Pro models were equipped with the 3nm A17 Pro chip. Whether the iPhone 16 models will follow a similar pattern, featuring a ‘Bionic’ processor while reserving the A18 Pro chip for the Pro models, remains to be seen. As the technological anticipation builds, smartphone enthusiasts eagerly await the official unveiling of Apple’s latest flagship devices.