We Get It -- iPhone 3GS is Faster than Fast Fast!

We've been talking about the zippiness of the iPhone 3GS -- S as in Speed -- since it launched, and report after report has confirmed that not only is it fast, it's faster than we initially thought.

Here's more of the same. Running OpenGL 1.x like the iPhone 3G (never mind that it can run OpenGL 2.0 which the iPhone 3G can't), the results are most impressive:

  • The CPU performance is Faster by 40-70%
  • The fillrate* is 3x to 4x higher
  • Texture effects and filters are about 10x faster

These are probably better indicators for now, since game developers likely won't abandon the 40 million previous generation users (and their money) any time soon. Does make you wonder when it will happen, though, and what the games -- and other apps -- will eventually look like.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.