Page 1:Why The iPhone 6 Is A Big Deal
Page 2:Hardware And Availability
Page 3:iPhone 6 Look And Feel
Page 5:Apple’s A8 SoC: A More Powerful Cyclone
Page 6:Apple’s A8 SoC: GPU And The Uncore
Page 7:Camera: Hardware And Software
Page 8:Camera: Photo Quality
Page 9:Camera: Video Quality
Page 10:iOS 8's Application Extensions
Page 11:iOS 8’s UI Moves To The Big Screen
Page 12:iOS 8 Concerns And Issues
Page 13:How We Tested Apple’s iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus
Page 14:Test Results: CPU Core Benchmarks
Page 16:Test Results: GPU Core Benchmarks
Page 17:Test Results: Display Measurements
Page 18:Test Results: Battery And Throttling
Page 19:Size Matters
Test Results: Battery And Throttling
Basemark OS II Full (Anti-Detection)
The Basemark OS II battery test scores are derived by repeatedly running the devices until enough data has been collected to determine the drain rate of the device.
The iPhone 6 sees a modest 8% improvement over the 5s and falls just shy of the 5-inch HTC One (M8), which has a much larger battery. The 6 Plus posts an impressive score, besting the bigger battery in the Galaxy Note 4 by 29%.
Looking at the Battery Life vs. Score graphs, we see no hint of thermal throttling from the iPhone 6. The 6 Plus however, shows a slight 5% dip in performance. This drop persists across multiple runs, occurring at slightly different times but never changing in magnitude. With a much larger aluminum chassis to soak up and dissipate heat, the 6 Plus should exhibit less opportunity for thermal throttling than the iPhone 6, not more. This counter-intuitive behavior, together with its small, but consistent, performance advantage over the iPhone 6, seems to suggest a higher GPU clock in the 6 Plus.
GFXBench 3.0 Corporate
GFXBench's battery test measures battery life and performance stability by logging frame and battery discharge rate as the on-screen T-Rex test runs for 30 consecutive iterations. The results are given in two scores: estimated battery life in minutes, and the number of frames rendered on the slowest test run (to gauge if a device is throttling).
The iPhone 6 lasts a half-hour longer than the 5s when stressing the GPU, which is good news for iPhone gamers. The 6 Plus provides a full three hours of gaming bliss, but the “fun” continues for an extra half hour on the Note 4.
Comparing the battery performance numbers, where the T-Rex on-screen test loops 30 times, to the single run T-Rex values confirms no thermal throttling for the iPhone 6. The 6 Plus shows a 4% drop, similar to the the Basemark OS II battery test.
On the other hand, the frame rates on the Note 4 plummet from 26 to 12 FPS, indicating excessive thermal throttling. That extra half hour of battery life suddenly doesn’t seem so great.
- Why The iPhone 6 Is A Big Deal
- Hardware And Availability
- iPhone 6 Look And Feel
- Apple’s A8 SoC: A More Powerful Cyclone
- Apple’s A8 SoC: GPU And The Uncore
- Camera: Hardware And Software
- Camera: Photo Quality
- Camera: Video Quality
- iOS 8's Application Extensions
- iOS 8’s UI Moves To The Big Screen
- iOS 8 Concerns And Issues
- How We Tested Apple’s iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus
- Test Results: CPU Core Benchmarks
- Test Results: GPU Core Benchmarks
- Test Results: Display Measurements
- Test Results: Battery And Throttling
- Size Matters