There are two times of the year that are the most exciting for enthusiastic Apple fans. The first comes in June, when Apple uses its annual Worldwide Developers Conference each year to debut a brand new version of its iOS platform. The second, of course, is in the late summer or early fall, when Apple releases iOS alongside at least one new iPhone model — though moving forward, we’re likely looking at two or more new iPhone models each year.

It’s still only January, but Apple is already hard at work on iOS 9, which is expected to include some major enhancements. Now, benchmark test results from an iPhone 6 running an early version of the next-generation software have been revealed for the first time.

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There’s good news and bad news from this early look at iOS 9 performance on an iPhone 6, which was uncovered in Rightware’s benchmark database.

The bad news is that this leak doesn’t make June any closer, and we still won’t get any official look at the first iOS 9 beta until WWDC. The good news, however, is that this is a very early pre-release build of iOS 9, and performance is already on par with the best benchmark scores that have been achieved by an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.

According to the tests, an iPhone 6 running this pre-beta version of iOS 9 scored a 1600.06 on Rightware’s Basemark OS II test. iPhone 6 units running iOS 8 have scored between 1264.65 and 1620.94 on the same test.

A screenshot showing the test results follows below.

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