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Apple's iPhone 7 could be more powerful than we thought, according to benchmark tests

Geekbench results of a mysterious "iPhone9,3" surface, possibly revealing diagnostic speeds for the highly expected iPhone 7.

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The next iPhone is expected to blow by the iPhone 6S' processing power.

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All you Apple fans eagerly awaiting Wednesday's likely iPhone 7 announcement may have good reason to jump for joy.

Benchmark tests for a mysterious device called "iPhone9,3" surfaced online, MacRumors reported. The results, run using popular diagnostic tool Geekbench, are believed to belong to Apple's unannounced-but-highly-rumored iPhone 7. This is based off the fact that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are given the identifiers of "iPhone8,1" and "iPhone8,2" respectively -- therefore the iPhone 7 would have a code-name with a higher number. The results are currently being hosted on the Geekbench browser.

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There's a lot of technical information in the screenshot above, but here are some takeaways.

  • The device runs iOS 10.1 software, further pointing to the fact that this is the iPhone 7 -- which will be the first phone to ship with it.
  • The device has 2GB of RAM (the RAM of the iPhone 7 has yet to be announced officially).
  • Geekbench gives the iPhone9,3 a single-core score of 3379 and a multi-core score of 5495. Compare these scores to that of the iPhone 6s, which got a single-core score 0f 2475 and a multi-core score of 4176. The scores even surpass that of the iPad Pro, a device marketed as a processing powerhouse in the world of tablets. The iPad Pro scored 3009 and 4878 respectively. You can see a score breakdown for all iOS devices here.

The higher scores give a sense of how mighty Apple's new processing chip is compared to last year's A9 and A9X chips.

While we'll have to wait to hear much more about the iPhone 7 during tomorrow's Apple event, these numbers give us a glimpse of what to expect.

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