Yesterday was 50 years since the first time the man pee on the Moon, a feat in engineering, especially taking into account the technology of the time. The iPhone that we all carry in our pocket multiplies the processing capacity by 100,000 of the computers that brought Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the lunar surface.
We have heard hundreds of times that the processing capacity has multiplied in recent years exponentially and that the current devices are much more powerful than those that made possible missions such as Apollo 11, now from The Conversation They have made numbers to calculate the real difference.
iPhone vs Apollo 11 computer
Thanks to this comparison we can see in numbers the real difference between a current iPhone and the computer that was used to control the Apollo 11 mission. This computer was responsible for calculating the launch, the moon landing and the return to Earth.
- IPhone XS Features: 4 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of internal memory and 2.49 GHz processor.
- Apollo 11 computer features: 32,768 bits of RAM, 72KB of internal memory and 0.043 MHz processor.
This means that an iPhone with 4 GB of RAM has more than a million times more memory than the Apollo computer. Comparing the internal memory, or ROM, a 512GB iPhone has seven million times more capacity than the computer that took man to the moon.
As for the speed of the processor, the difference is also notable, the processor of a current iPhone has 100,000 times more processing power than the processor used for the Apollo 11 mission.
According to the scientific publication ZME Science, which used the A8 processor of the iPhone 6 in the comparison, the Apple processor contains approximately 1.6 billion transistors that processed 3.36 billion instructions per second. That's 120 million times faster than the computer that guided Apollo 11.
"Make no mistake in saying that an iPhone could be used to guide 120 million Apollo missions to the Moon, at the same time"
These data show us the incredible evolution that technology has had in 50 years, although as Tibi Puiu emphasizes in ZME Science: “To be fair, these types of comparisons are not very honorable. It's like making a comparison between the first planes designed by the Wright brothers with an F-18 fighter. ” However, they do help us to check the evolution of technology and the feat that meant the arrival on the Moon.