Apple recently announced its new iPad Pros which comes with a modified version of the A12 Bionic chipset used in the company’s 2018 iPhone lineup. This comes in the form of the A12X Bionic which features an octa-core design that Apple claims is 35% faster in single-core performance and 90% faster in multi-core performance compared to 2017’s model.
There is also a brand new 7-core custom GPU that apparently gives it Xbox One-like performance. For the most part it sounds like a lot of marketing talk, but based on recently discovered Geekbench scores (via MacRumors), it seems that Apple wasn’t just talking the talk, but they could be walking the walk as well. The scores have found that in terms of performance, the new iPad Pros are actually comparable to the scores of the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pros.
For example it scored 5,025 for single-core performance which beat the base 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz six-core Core i7 processor that scored 4,928. However in terms of multi-core performance, the iPad Pro is still a bit behind at 18,106 versus the MacBook Pros which scored 21,000 and above.
However while impressive, we should point out that benchmark scores don’t necessarily tell the whole story, but given that we’ve been hearing that Apple plans to eventually drop Intel and start using its own A-series chipsets for its Mac computers in the future, these scores are certainly encouraging. In fact last month AnandTech also found that the A12 Bionic in the iPhone Xs came close to desktop-level performance, indicating that a future where we’ll see A-series powered MacBooks might not be too far off.