Apple’s A10 Fusion in an iPhone 7 Plus Outperforms the A9X in 12.9 iPad Pro [Update]


The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are only a day old, as far as announcements go, but a score on Geekbench might shed some light on performance.

As surfaced by MacRumors, a legitimate-looking Geekbench score appears to show some early test results of Apple’s brand new A10 Fusion processor tucked inside the new iPhones. According to the results, the A10 Fusion in an iPhone 7 Plus does indeed outpace all previous iOS-based devices, including those equipped with Apple’s A9X processor.

It’s worth noting that the A10 Fusion is clocked at 2.23GHz, with rumors already suggesting that could be under-clocked. Compare that to the iPhone 6s Plus’s A9 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s A9X processor clocked at 2.2GHz.


The results show that the A10 Fusion clocked in a single-core score of 3233. Compare that with an iPhone 6s Plus with an A9 processor inside and results show an average single-core score of 2407. Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s A9X earns a single-core score of 3009 on average. That means the A10 Fusion is about 33% faster than the iPhone 6s Plus in both the single- and multi-core scores.

The multi-core score for the A10 Fusion in an iPhone 7 Plus shows a score of 5363, while the iPhone 6s Plus’s average multi-core score is 4046. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s average multi-core score ranks in at 4881. When compared to the 12.9 iPad Pro, though, the results show about a 7% performance boost in the single-core score, and nearly a 10 percent boost in the multi-core test.

Apple says the A10 Fusion is the most powerful processor in a smartphone to date, and markets the speed boosts compared to older-generation iPhones as well. With these early Geekbench scores, if they are indeed legitimate, it seems Apple’s claims certainly hold some weight.

In any event, future iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners will get their chance to try out the A10 Fusion when they get their new iPhones on September 16.

Update: The benchmarks may also reveal something else about the iPhone 7 Plus: 3GB of RAM. It’s listed at 2998MB, which means 3GB of RAM, so that would be a noteworthy boost from the 2GB of RAM that was available in the iPhone 6s Plus.

[via MacRumors; Geekbench]