iPhone 6 tidbits: 1.36 GHz A8 chip with 1GB RAM confirmed, Display Zoom and more

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 20 Sep 2014

iPhone 6 featured

As a followup to my iPhone 6 Plus post, here are some of the interesting tidbits about the iPhone 6 I thought were worth mentioning.

  • Just like the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, the 64GB iPhone 6 does come with iLife and iWorks apps such as Numbers, iTunes U, iMovie, Pages, Keynote and GarageBand pre-installed. This confirms rumors that 64GB and 128GB models of iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 come with those apps pre-installed.
  • As mentioned yesterday, the good news is that these are not stock apps, so you can delete them if you don’t want them, which was one of the concerns raised by readers.
  • The build number of iOS 8 that is pre-installed on iPhone 6 is 12A365, and not 12A366 seen on the iPhone 6 Plus. So iPhone 6 comes pre-installed with iOS 8 that has the same build number as the iOS 8 public release and iOS 8 GM, and not the one used for iPhone 6 Plus, which is intriguing.
  •  The 64GB iPhone 6 Plus reports capacity as 56GB, with 52.3GB available. After deleting the iLife and iWork apps, you get 55GB.
  • The resolution of the screenshot taken on the iPhone 6 is 1334×750 pixels, which is the same as the resolution of the display, so there is no downscaling going on as in case of the iPhone 6 Plus.
  • The Geekbench 3.0 benchmark confirms that iPhone 6 also comes with a 1.36GHz A8 chip with only 1GB RAM, compared to iPhone 6 Plus’ 1.38GHz A8 chip. iPhone 5s is powered by a 1.3GHz A7 chip with 1GB RAM.

iPhone 6 - Geekbench 3.0

  • The iPhone 6 got a single-core score of 1612, and multi-core score of 2918, which is marginally higher than the iPhone 6 Plus, which got a single-core score of 1612, and multi-core score of 2881. iPhone 5s got a single-core score of 1408, and 2,513 (higher scores are better). Apple has said that the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are powered by A8 chip which offers up to 25% faster CPU performance, and up to 50% more graphics performance.

iPhone 6 - Geekbench 3.0 - Processor Benchmarks

  • The model number is iPhone7,2, so the iOS firmware files for the iPhone 6 will start with iPhone7,2.
  • Just like the iPhone 6 Plus, you get an option to choose a new setting called Display Zoom during the setup process. You essentially allows you to choose how you would like to view your iPhone. There are two settings: Standard and Zoomed. In zoomed mode, the iPhone 6 acts like a virtual iPhone 5s display, but running at 2x retina resolution, which works out to 1136 × 640 pixels. It means instead of seeing more content, the content will be larger, which is great for people who want to see slightly larger text, app icons, text labels and user interface elements. In the standard mode, the iPhone 6 runs at 1334 × 750 pixel resolution, which at 3x resolution works out to 667 × 375 points. You can check our post on Display Zoom for more details.
  • Unlike iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6 does not orient the Home screen in landscape mode, so you can’t access multiple pages of Folders in the landscape mode like the iPhone 6 Plus.
  • In Standard mode, you get an additional row of icons (six rows in total if you don’t include the iPhone dock), which means you can have 24 + 4 app icons/folders on the Home screen. In Zoomed mode, its just like the iPhone 5s, you get only 5 rows of apps, which means 20 + 4 app icons/folders on the Home screen. You can check out the screenshots below.

iPhone 6 - Home screen - Standard mode

iPhone 6 – Home screen – Standard mode

iPhone 6 - Home screen - Zoomed mode

iPhone 6 – Home screen – Zoomed mode

Let me know if find anything interesting in the comments below, and will update the post. Also don’t forget to check out our iPhone 6 unboxing photos and first impressions.