Apple says slower performance of older iPhones is intentional

-text c-gray-1" >You're not alone if you've noticed a slowdown in the performance of your older iPhone. The thing is, it may be more related to your battery than the phone itself. After a post on Reddit and a followup by benchmarking software Geekbench's founder, Apple told TechCrunch that it released a fix for premature shutdowns last year for iPhone 6, 6s and SE by smoothing out CPU demand when a battery is older, cold, or just low on juice. Apple also said that it recently extended this slowdown feature to iPhone 7 devices running iOS 11.2, and plans to «add support for Geekbench Geekbench Score Geek bench antutu Score other products in the future.»

A couple of weeks ago, Reddit user TeckFire ran some CPU benchmarks (via Geekbench) on his iPhone 6 Plus before and after he replaced its battery. He found that CPU performance was significantly better after a battery replacement, which he attributed to Apple slowing down phones with low capacity batteries. A week later, Samsung Geekbench's own John Poole wrote a post that pointed to Apple's involvement. In essence, Poole says that Apple introduced code to iOS that limits iPhone performance when battery charge is low, which could be interpreted as a CPU issue leading to users replacing their iPhone instead of their battery. While this may not be Apple's intent in this case, it's not hard to see users being confused and blaming the company for planned obsolescence practices, especially as Apple benefits from user confusion and iPhone upgrades.

Which $750 phone should you buy? Probably one of these two

id=«article-body» class=«row» section=«article-body»> If you're looking for a flagship phone but don't want to pay a flagship price, the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E are two of your best options from Apple and Samsung. Having launched in October 2018, the iPhone XR is the most recent and least expensive iPhone you can get, compared to the $1,000 iPhone XS and Samsung Geekbench $1,100 iPhone XS Max.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10E came out this year, and Geek bench antutu is one of five Galaxy phones Samsung unveiled in February. Compared to the $900 Galaxy S10 and the pricier $1,980 Galaxy Fold (which doesn't yet have an official release date, thanks to screen issues), Geek bench antutu the Galaxy S10E is the cheapest one of the group.

Now playing: Watch this: iPhone XR vs. Galaxy S10E: How to choose the best phone 13:44 Both the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E start at $750 and have comparable features and hardware. So if you're comfortable with both iOS and Android, how do you choose what phone to get? We break down the pros and cons of each when it comes to their design, camera prowess, Geekbench Score battery and Geek bench antutu processing performance, software features and Geekbench Scores extra goodies.

Apple says slower performance of older iPhones is intentional

-text c-gray-1" >You're not alone if you've noticed a slowdown in the performance of your older iPhone. The thing is, it may be more related to your battery than the phone itself. After a post on Reddit and a followup by benchmarking software Geekbench's founder, Apple told TechCrunch that it released a fix for premature shutdowns last year for iPhone 6, 6s and SE by smoothing out CPU demand when a battery is older, cold, or just low on juice. Apple also said that it recently extended this slowdown feature to iPhone 7 devices running iOS 11.2, and plans to «add support Geekbench Score Scores for Geek bench antutu other Samsung Geekbench Geekbench Samsung Geek bench Geek bench antutu antutu Geekbench Score products in the future.»

A couple of weeks ago, Reddit user TeckFire ran some CPU benchmarks (via Geekbench) on his iPhone 6 Plus before and after he replaced its battery. He found that CPU performance was significantly better after a battery replacement, which he attributed to Apple slowing down phones with low capacity batteries. A week later, Geekbench's own John Poole wrote a post that pointed to Apple's involvement. In essence, Poole says that Apple introduced code to iOS that limits iPhone performance when battery charge is low, which could be interpreted as a CPU issue leading to users replacing their iPhone instead of their battery. While this may not be Apple's intent in this case, it's not hard to see users being confused and blaming the company for planned obsolescence practices, especially as Apple benefits from user confusion and iPhone upgrades.

Primate Labs posts new iMac benchmarks

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The company that provides the amazing Geekbench benchmarking software, Primate Labs, has run its tests on the new 21.5-inch iMac and found that it's a pretty impressive piece of hardware.

Primate Labs tested all of the configurations of the new iMac, but it's the top-of-the-line unit sporting an Intel Core i7-3770S clocked at 3.1 GHz that tops the speed test for all iMacs. To quote the benchmark post, «The benefits Geekbench Score of the Geek bench antutu new Ivy Bridge processors are clear; the new high-end 21.5-inch iMac is almost 10 percent faster than the old Geekbench Scores Score high-end 27-inch iMac.»

The benchmark score for the high-end 21.5-inch iMac was 12,447, while that of the old (mid-2011) high-end 27-inch iMac was 11,410. A comparison to the high-end 2012 Mac mini shows that it's no slouch, either — it came in at 11,595. Of course, if you want to kick some serious computing butt, you'll still need to get a Mac Pro — the fastest 12-core unit weighs in at a Geekbench score of 22,271.

It should be interesting to see the results for the 27-inch iMac that will be shipping in about two weeks. The top-end unit features a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 that will likely leave the 21.5-inch model in the dust.

iPad Air: Unboxing, first impressions and benchmarks

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Today's the first day of availability for the new iPad Air, and after totally forgetting to order it online at 1 AM MT, I got onto the online Apple Store at around 7:30 AM to order one. After confirming that the model I wanted — 32 GB, silver, AT&T — was in stock at the Aspen Grove Apple Store in Littleton, CO, I pushed the button. I picked it up at around 11:30 AM, and was in and out of the store in about five minutes.

I'm one of those sick individuals who tends to hold onto the old boxes for my Apple products, so I was able to do a quick size comparison with the 3rd-generation iPad and iPad mini. The box was the same height and thickness as that of the iPad, but not as wide. With that silliness out of the way, it was time to grab the scissors and actually open the box:

I apologize for the video quality, but I get sooo excited with a new iPad. Some people like new cars, some people get excited about new clothes, I love new tech.

It's when you first get your hands on the iPad Air that you realize just how good a job Apple did at trimming the weight. It weighs only about 6 ounces more than an iPad mini, as you'll see in the weigh-in pictures in the slideshow below.

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I found the display on the iPad Air to be slightly brighter than that of the 17-month-old 3rd-generation iPad at the same brightness setting, and it had a slightly warmer tint to it. There's a side-by-side image in the slideshow that demonstrates this.

In terms of speed, the Air seems to be quite snappy. «Snappy» isn't a good quantitative unit of measure, so I installed Geekbench 3 on all three iPads to get a much better picture of exactly how fast they all are:

Geekbench Score Comparison
SIngle-Core Score Multi-Core Score

iPad Air 1469 2675

iPad (3rd-Gen.) 262 494

iPad mini (1st-Gen.) 259 468
Yes, the iPad Air is FAST. All apps except Samsung Geekbench were shut down and the devices were restarted before running the benchmark. The device specs are as follows:

Device Specifications
Model iPad Air iPad (3rd-Gen.) iPad mini (1st-Gen.)

OS Version 7.0.3 7.0.3 7.0.3

Processor A7 @ 1.39 GHz A5X @ 1.00 GHz A5 @ 1.00 GHz

RAM 976 MB 988 MB 503 MB

Storage 32 GB 32 GB 16 GB
All in all, my initial impressions of the iPad Air are very favorable. I hope to do some additional tests in the near future for publication here on TUAW.

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Primate Labs posts new iMac benchmarks

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The company that provides the amazing Geekbench benchmarking software, Primate Labs, has run its tests on the new 21.5-inch iMac and found that it's a pretty impressive piece of hardware.

Primate Labs tested all of the configurations of the new iMac, but it's the top-of-the-line unit sporting an Intel Core i7-3770S clocked at 3.1 GHz that tops the speed test for all iMacs. To quote the benchmark post, «The benefits Geekbench Score Geekbench Score of the new Ivy Bridge processors are Samsung Geekbench Scores clear; the new high-end 21.5-inch iMac is almost 10 percent Geek bench antutu faster Geek bench antutu than the old high-end Geekbench Score 27-inch iMac.»

The benchmark score for the high-end 21.5-inch iMac was 12,447, while that of the old (mid-2011) high-end 27-inch iMac was 11,410. A comparison to the high-end 2012 Mac mini shows that it's no slouch, either — it came in at 11,595. Of course, if you want to kick some serious computing butt, you'll still need to get a Mac Pro — the fastest 12-core unit weighs in at a Geekbench score of 22,271.

It should be interesting to see the results for the 27-inch iMac that will be shipping in about two weeks. The top-end unit features a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 that will likely leave the 21.5-inch model in the dust.

iPad Air impressive in early benchmark testing

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The reviews of the upcoming iPad Air have been glowing — so glowing in fact that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was merely a case of Apple fan-boys unable to hide their excitement. Sure, the tech guys are excited, but what are the hard numbers? How does the iPad Air stack up in benchmark testing against previous models?

It turns out that the iPad Air stacks up incredibly.

Primate Labs tested the iPad Air using the cross-platform Geekbench Scores 3 benchmark tool and the results are impressive:

The iPad Air is more than 80 percent faster than the fourth-generation iPad and five times faster than the iPad 2. Given that the iPad Air is only a hundred dollars more than the iPad 2, Apple's decision to keep the older iPad around instead of the iPad 4 is odd. Perhaps they''re hoping customers will look at the specs and price difference, and go for the slightly more expensive, but significantly more powerful, iPad Air.

The iPad Air hits stores this Friday.

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Early Mac Pro benchmarks show major speed increase

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The new Mac Pro isn't supposed to launch until later on this year, but Samsung Geekbench has nabbed a new set of benchmarking tests which appear to be from the new machine itself. The computer is labeled as «AAPLJ90,1» in the report, which seems strange, considering that a retail build would probably be listed as " Geekbench Scores Samsung Geekbench MacPro6,1." But perhaps that «J90» is a code name of some sort, suggesting a pre-release build.

The machine in question is running a 12-core processor, and 64 GB (!) of RAM, along with a pre-release build (Build 13A2054) of OS X 10.9, which we now know as OS X Mavericks. The motherboard ID also matches one known to be in the new Mac Pro, so it's likely this set of benchmark results is legit, though it might not match up to a final release of the machine.

And what's the verdict? It's fast, of course. Significantly faster, in places, than a current 2012 Mac Pro build. Of course, Apple bragged during WWDC 2013 that the latest model would be " Samsung Geekbench up to Geekbench Score Scores Geek Geek bench antutu antutu 2X faster" than previous Mac Pros. While that might be true for some applications, this machine doesn't meet that figure consistently. Still, considering this is probably an early version that's less than fully optimized, there's no doubt at all that the new Mac Pro will be a very slick machine indeed.

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iPad Air impressive in early benchmark testing

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The reviews of the upcoming iPad Air have been glowing — so glowing in fact that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was merely a case of Apple fan-boys unable to hide their excitement. Sure, the tech guys are excited, but what are the hard numbers? How does the iPad Air stack up in benchmark testing against previous models?

It turns out that the iPad Air stacks up incredibly.

Primate Labs tested the iPad Air using the cross-platform Geekbench Scores 3 benchmark tool and the results are impressive:

The iPad Air is more than 80 percent faster than the fourth-generation iPad and five times faster than the iPad 2. Given that the iPad Air is only a hundred dollars more than the iPad 2, Apple's decision to keep the older iPad around instead of the iPad 4 is odd. Perhaps they''re hoping customers will look at the specs and price difference, and go for the slightly more expensive, but significantly more powerful, iPad Air.

The iPad Air hits stores this Friday.

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iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: What iPhone should you buy?

id=«article-body» class=«row» section=«article-body»> Starting at $749, Geek bench antutu £749 and AU$1,229, Samsung Geekbench the iPhone XR is one of the few options you have if you want a big-screen iPhone but don't want to pay upward of $1,000 for Geek bench antutu an iPhone XS or Max. Its key features include Apple's advanced A12 Bionic processor, wireless charging and Geekbench Score a camera that's on par with the iPhone XS  — without an extravagant price tag. 

But 2017's iPhone 8 Plus, which starts $50 less than the XR at $699, £699 and AU$1,149, is also a fantastic phone. It sports a classic iPhone design, complete with the familiar physical home button. Indeed, Geekbench Scores despite being an older model, Geek bench antutu the phone has many of the same advantages as the XR. (You can save $100 more too if you consider a refurbished model for $599.) 

To help decide which phone is right for you, I dive into the two phones' designs, cameras, hardware features and price to see what phone fits what needs the best.