Apple Watch S4 Chip rivals iPhone 6s in performance tests

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 4 to the world, it claimed up to 2 times faster performance with the S4 Chip than the last-generation S3 Chip. The Chip is still so powerful today that it rivals performance from even the iPhone 6s.

The S4 Chip absolutely destroys older generations in speed tests. Just in everyday tasks like taking calls, replying to messages or setting a timer, the watch outperforms every single model by a substantial amount.


The reason for this is because the S4 chip has two cores, compared to previous single-core chips used in older Apple Watches. An example of how the S4 chip smokes others, is for the boot-up test. The Series 4 boot up in 40 seconds, the Series 2 in a very slow 4 minutes, the Series 1 in three minutes and the Series 0 takes the cake for the slowest boot-up time with 5 painfully long minutes.

Our takeaway from these tests is that if you own an older Apple Watch, like the Series 0, 1, or 2, you’ll see drastic speed changes if you upgrade to a Series 4 or 5 Apple Watch.

Something that really shows the power of the S4 however, is this physically-based Metal rendering that an Apple Watch enthusiast ran on their Series 4.

The watch managed to maintain 60 fps the whole duration of the test. Even though the display’s resolution is 368×448, this is an incredible feat for a smartwatch. To recreate these graphics on a smartphone, we would need a device like the 2015 iPhone 6s or newer.

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The craziest part of this was that the CPU of the Series 4 wasn’t running at full throttle. In fact, it was only using 64% of its available power.

View image on TwitterEven when put in full screen, the watch kept the 60 fps without a problem.
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For a year-old device, such results are super impressive. It shows that even in an incredibly small package, Apple manages to pack a chip that can handle very demanding things. For the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6, it is said to include an even faster chip, so we could definitely expect to see some really cool apps on the watch.


What are your thoughts on the Series 4’s performance?