“Investment firm Cowen and Company has a bullish outlook for Apple’s new iPad Pro, citing performance benchmarks that show the device is capable of replacing many mainstream laptops running an Intel processor,” Blair MacGregor reports for AppleInsider. “In a note to investors on Thursday, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider, analyst Timothy Arcuri noted that new iPad Pro’s A9X chip offers performance that surpasses the Intel Core M processor used in the new 12-inch MacBook. The CPU also compares favorably to the Core i5 processor used in the baseline Macbook Air.”

“A look at the GPU shows a similar story: The A9X outperformed all Apple laptops that use integrated Intel graphics, registering a three-to-four-times improvement in frame rate of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display,” MacGregor reports. “The iPad Pro processor also posted an improvement of as much as 40 percent over the Intel Iris 5200 integrated graphics featured on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.”

While the iPad Pro is not a PC replacement yet, AAPL and ARM are coming and the hardware is certainly a threat to INTC mobile CPU business once the software developers catch up. — Cowen & Co . analyst Timothy Arcuri

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MacDailyNews Take: Welcome to personal computing’s latest inflection point!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]