I am usually a big advocate of improving specs year on year but I do think we are reaching the height of the curve. Especially the 2k screen. Surely this is overkill? I can’t see the pixels on my iPhone and while I understand this has a bigger screen, it just seems like too much. Maybe, manufacturers should start focusing on features over specs. Maybe they should look at companies like Yota. At least they are trying.
“The fact that a Canadian company was able to compete in that space with two of the largest tech companies in the world is a big deal. People counted IBM, Apple and other companies out only to be proven wrong. I am rooting that they are wrong on BlackBerry as well.”
So, how fast is the iPhone 5S? I ran a few popular web browser benchmarks to see how the 5S compared to the iPhone 5. (I tested the 5C too, but as stated above, it performed almost identically to the 5, as expected.) The results (average of three runs, after a device reboot): WebKit Sunspider 1.0.1: 1.8x faster (408 vs. 716, smaller is faster) Google Octane 1.0: 1.9x faster (5,576 vs. 2,984, bigger is faster) Mozilla Kraken 1.1: 2.4x faster (5,948 vs. 13,937, smaller is faster) To put that in context, the iPhone 5S beats my 2008 15-inch MacBook Pro by a small measure in the Sunspider benchmark (with the MacBook Pro running the latest Safari 6.1 beta). The iPhone 5S is, in some measures, computationally superior to the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro from just five years ago. In your fucking pocket.