Apple’s new iPad Pro beats MacBook Pro on performance tests

“When Apple unveiled its new iPad Pro tablet at WWDC earlier this month, the company said that the slate is more powerful than some notebooks,” Don Reisinger reports for LAPTOP Magazine. “What it didn’t say is it might be more powerful than some of Apple’s own notebooks.”

“The folks over at the BareFeats blog, a site that evaluates device performance, have posted benchmark scores comparing the iPad Pro with Apple’s MacBook Pro, including the new 13-inch MacBook Pro,” Reisinger reports. “And the site found that in certain cases, Apple’s 2017 iPad Pro can outperform the MacBook Pro.”

“The benchmark tests also corroborate LAPTOP’s own findings about the iPad Pro,” Reisinger reports. “In our review of the slate, we found the tablet to be ‘amazingly fast’ and ‘more powerful than most laptops.'”

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iPad Pro, in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, introduces the world’s most advanced display and breakthrough performance
iPad Pro, in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, introduces the world’s most advanced display and breakthrough performance

“The 2017 iPad Pro actually ran some of the benchmarks faster — especially the GPU intensive ones,” rob-ART morgan reports for Bare Feats. “And in the CPU intensive tests, the 2017 iPad Pros were ‘gnawing on the heels’ of the MacBook Pro.”

“Think about it: The top configured 2017 MacBook Pro 13-inch costs roughly 3 times more than the top configured 2017 iPad Pro,” morgan reports. “Yet the laptop is only slightly faster running CPU intensive apps and slower running the GPU intensive apps.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’re getting to the point where our only good justification for getting new MacBooks is “we really want them.” With iOS 11’s Multi-Touch Drag and Drop, Apple’s File’s app, the new iOS Dock, etc. we’re fairly positive we could do all we need to do on the road with new 10.5- or 12.9-inch iPad Pros.

TechCrunch reviews new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: ‘Apple pays off its future-of-computing promise’ – June 14, 2017
Apple’s game-changing 12.9- and 10.5-inch iPad Pros arrive in stores – June 13, 2017
Jim Dalrymple reviews Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Highly recommended – June 12, 2017
LAPTOP reviews Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Amazingly fast performance beats most Windows laptops – June 12, 2017
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Much more ‘pro’ than what it replaces – June 12, 2017
These go to 11: Apple makes iOS more Mac-like and iPad’s promise is finally realized – June 9, 2017


  1. … a WHOLE lot more if they could support multiple users. I cannot get my email natively on my wife’s iPad. Nor log in to see my own preferences.

    1. This video doesn’t discuss the elephant in the room: software optimization. Almost by definition, iOS software is highly optimized, forced by a more constrained development channel. macOS software allows for different levels of optimization, including piss poor (Adobe Premiere) optimization and good (FCPX) optimization.

  2. How is the iPAD Pro compatibility with macOS applications? The answer is they will not run. Winning a speed test is only valuable if you want to use the product to surf the web and play games. No wonder they have limited sales.

    1. Have you heard of the App Store? There are millions of applications for the iPad on it that do vast array of things (well beyond surfing web and playing games).

      You should check it out. You’ll be surprised.

      1. Real and full Pro applications Predrag, not the myriad of consumer applications or the Pro application helpers. But they are comparing the iPad Pro with a mobile quad core CPU and there is much more in the desktop space.

        Even GPUs are used today as co-processors as they surpass many times CPUs in certain tasks. Apple could also implement an external module for the Mac to accelerate many desktop processes.

        I will believe in the iPad Pro as a dedicated developer hardware the minute most main and full versions of Pro desktop applications are announced for the iPad. I will love to pay much less and have a full solution.

  3. Bring on some Full Fledged Applications and more ram( rather than the present snippets of apps ) … and then ill be happy with just using my 12.9 ipad pro and ios11…
    (Full Fleged as at the level Photoshop, After FX, Final Cut…and alike 🙏🙏🤞🤞)

    1. I the the iPad Pro is not a one-for-one replacement for a laptop, more of an amplifier. There are some really great iPad apps such as Affinity Photo and Concepts and others. With the recent update of iWork this suite can handle more and more jobs. Still, I use the iPad Pro in ways I wouldn’t or couldn’t use the MacBook. The two of them together are much more powerful than either one alone.

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