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Get ready, Apple fans: Benchmarks leak for iPhone 6 running iOS 9

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:56PM EST
iOS 9 Beta
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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.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.