2018 iPhone getting a big RAM boost

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Benchmark scores for a prototype 2018 iPhone X Plus reveal the amount of RAM and the processor speed, plus an early look at the performance.
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Someone testing a 2018 iPhone prototype inadvertently uploaded benchmark results for this device. Among the other details revealed is an indication that this will be the first iPhone with 4GB of RAM.

Naturally, the Geekbench results also include the performance. However, with the model still months away, scores are a bit underwhelming.

2018 iPhone X Plus performance

The multi-core Geekbench score for this unreleased iPhone is 10912, while the single-core result is 4673. That’s up just 7 percent and 10 percent, respectively, from the average iPhone X scores.

But these certainly won’t be the last word on the performance of Apple’s next-generation models. As the release gets closer, the developers will be able to tune the operating system for more speed.

Apple A12 processor specs

At the heart of the 2018 iPhone models will be Apple’s next processor, widely expected to be called the A12.  This will be manufactured with a 7nm process, down from 10nm. This will bring better performance with less power.

The Geekbench results for the prototype iPhone indicate that this will have six processor cores, the same number as the Apple A11 Bionic chip. These will run at 2.49 GHz, up from 2.39 GHz in its predecessor.

Probably the 2018 iPhone X Plus

The benchmarks were posted under the name “iPhone11,2”. This is obviously its machine ID, as Apple has used tthese since its very first smartphone was iPhone1,1.  

No current model has that device code, but it gives a clear indication of what it will offer. Since 2015, the Plus version in each generation has worn the “,2” identifier. The iPhone 8 Plus is the iPhone10.2, for example.  So the unannounced model in that was benchmarked is almost certainly the one most often called the iPhone X Plus.

According to numerous rumors and unconfirmed reports, this will have a 6.5-inch display. The overall appearance will be that of a larger iPhone X. One report shows it being almost exactly the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen.

According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone X Plus will cost between $900 and $1000.

Other 2018 iPhone models

Apple is supposedly also working on a replacement for the iPhone X. This will have the same 5.8-inch screen as its predecessor. The major  improvements are expected to be the A12 processor and 4GB of RAM. The price should be between $800 and $900.

A third Apple model has been the subject of many rumors. It allegedly has a 6.1-inch LCD screen, and a price somewhere between $600 and $700.