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iPhone 11 benchmark leak spills what few secrets were left

Published Sep 3rd, 2019 8:17AM EDT

This past weekend, you might have seen what looked like a huge iPhone 11 specs leak that was covered by tons of tech blogs out there, and you might’ve wondered why it wasn’t covered here on BGR. The answer is pretty simple: it was fake. Not only was it fake, it was beyond obvious that it was fake and all the gadget blogs out there that covered it were merely looking for clicks. Much of what we know about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 11 lineup was leaked by inside sources that are almost never wrong about this sort of thing. So when a new leak pops up from an unknown source and contradicts several key specs or features that have been reported by far more reliable leakers, we don’t pay it any mind and neither should you. Besides, if you were looking for a new iPhone 11 specs leak, it turns out you only had to wait a few more days because a legitimate leak just came along and spilled what few iPhone 11 secrets remained.

Apple might release new iPhone models each year, but the pattern of leaks is pretty much the same. First, we get very early information from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a number of solid inside sources at companies in Apple’s supply chain. Then, after a few more little leaks here and there, renders start to pop up based on iPhone design files that are stolen each and every year from the factory where iPhones are manufactured. Physical mockups follow that, and then more leaks come along to fill in most of the blanks. Finally, one last round of leaks always pops up in the final days leading up to Apple’s big iPhone even that takes place each year in September.

Since Apple’s 2019 iPhone event is scheduled to be held on September 10th, we’re now in the home stretch. In fact, today we’re exactly one week away from Apple’s big iPhone 11 announcement. With that in mind, it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that iPhone 11 benchmarks just leaked. What will come as something of a surprise, however, is what these leaked benchmark test scores tell us.

First things first, it won’t come as a surprise that the iPhone benchmark results discovered on Geekbench’s website show that the upcoming next-generation iPhone 11 is powered by a 6-core 2.66GHz A13 processor that’s supported by 4GB of RAM. The phone’s predecessor, the iPhone XR, had 3GB of RAM, but we all had a feeling that Apple would bump that up this year. It also shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the iPhone 11 achieved an incredible single-core score of 5415. That figure obliterates comparable Android smartphones, and it’s also a significant improvement from the 4700-4800 range we’ve seen for the iPhone XR.

What is something of a surprise, however, is the iPhone 11’s leaked multi-core score. At 11294, the upcoming next-generation iPhone got about the same multi-core score as its predecessor. Geekbench test results vary slightly from phone to phone, and the average iPhone XR multi-core score is slightly lower than the 11294 that this pre-release iPhone 11 scored. That said, we’ve also seen plenty of iPhone XR test results that are higher than that figure.

Apple’s new iPhone 11 will be announced alongside the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max next Tuesday, September 10th, and preorders are expected to go live a few days later on September 13th. Then, if all goes according to plan, all three phones should be released a week later on Friday, September 20th.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

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.

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