Monday, September 13, 2010
Apple iOS 4.1: Faster or Not?
The new iOS 4.1 update for the iPhone and iPod touch offers security fixes and new features on different models. But does the new operating system change the speed of the phones? After running five benchmarks, we found no significant speed gains or losses on an iPhone 4, 3GS or 3G.
The benchmarks were first executed on the phones running the previous version of iOS, version 4.02. We then upgraded all the phones to 4.1. After running the benchmarks in 4.1, we found speeds on the various tests remained within about 10 percent of the iOS 4.02 results. Click on the charts below to see the scores.
• Graph: Change in Performance
• Chart: Change in Performance
• Chart: iPhone 4 Scores
• Chart: iPhone 3GS Scores
• Chart: iPhone 3G Scores
Our benchmarks were split into three categories: processor and memory performance; application loading speed of a complex game; and Web browser performance.
Processor and Memory
Geekbench 2 ($1.99 in the iTunes store) tests floating point and integer calculation and measures sustainable memory bandwidth and memory performance.
Application Load Time
"NFSU Launch" is the time for the device to launch "Need for Speed Undercover 1.2.0" ($4.99 in the iTunes store) to playable mode.
Web Browser Performance
All tests were run with devices connected to a Wi-Fi network.