Just How Powerful Are Smartphones?

The Apollo moon missions were completed with the benefit of the cutting edge computing power available at that time - even so, the abilities of the guidance system was about equivalent to that of a middling pocket calculator.

So what does that say for a current smartphone? Even though we know smartphones are pretty slick, capable devices these days, it's still a little surprising to see the iPhone 6S stack up favorably against the 2015 MacBook. Now, a single test is hardly conclusive, but still...
John Gruber from Daring Fireball benchmarked the iPhone 6S using Geerkbench 3, a multi-platform testing tool designed to measure overall computer performance.

Needless to say, the results are impressive. The phone’s A9 chip can outperform or beat the $1300 1.1 Ghz MacBook, and nearly go head to head with the 1.3Ghz model.


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