Geekbench scores for new iPad Pro surface, goes to toe-to-toe with 2018 MacBook Pro

“Geekbench benchmarks for the new iPad Pro have shown up online, and the scores are certainly impressive. The iPad reports ~5030 in single-core, and ~18000 in multi-core,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. “The single core score goes to toe-to-toe with a 2.6 GHz i7 2018 MacBook Pro.”

“You can build-to-order a 13-inch MacBook Pro with the i7 processor and 256 GB SSD for $2099. The comparable 256 GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $1149,” Mayo reports. “Apple offers an off-the-shelf 2.6GHz i7 in a 512 GB 15-inch MacBook Pro config for $2799. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro specced with 512 GB storage sells for $1349, half as much.”

“The six-core i7 is faster in the multi-core benchmark than the eight-core iPad Pro — but it is really not that far behind,” Mayo reports. “At least in single-core, Apple only sells a single configuration of portable Mac that is decidedly faster than the iPad Pro — the Core i9 MacBook Pro. Reminder: Apple sells the A12X-equipped iPad Pro from $799. The i9 MacBook Pro sells for more than $3000. Going beyond portables, the iPad Pro matches or beats almost all 2017 iMac configurations, and rivals the iMac Pro on single-core prowess.”

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MacDailyNews Take: It’s absolutely amazing the amount of power Apple has packed into such a small, portable device!

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  1. wow.

    I had already set my heart to get one soon to add to my old 12.9 , the scores doubly assures me of my decision ..

    (Big screen iPads are the best things ever for reading magazines because you get the full page in high res )

  2. Not a real world comparison.

    The bottom line is that iOS is a joke compared to either macOS or Windows. File sharing and multiprocessing is weak.

    iPads don’t have graphics power, no precise screen selection method or proper keyboard other than the accessories which were not included in this false comparison. Then we have the gross smudged screen issue,

    Gamers and YouTube watchers will be elated. Nobody who needs a computer is going to look at geekbench to choose an ipad over a Mac.

    1. Exactly. Wake me in 5-10 years when it’s truly on par but still insufficient to the do the work that needs to be done on larger monitors, more cores, more RAM, more everything!

      iPad Pro has a small subset of things it’s good at but will never be good enough to do everything. I wish everyone would get over this idea. Apple would love to make their own Mac ARM CPU’s and get away from Intel but pros are none too anxious for this to happen for many reasons.

      1. I sure hope you don’t work for Apple we have enough short sightedness there when it comes to the possibilities of their products and software mostly for purely marketing reasons. I have heard this sort of commentary so often before on devices that within 10 years are deemed mainstream or dominant in their field.

        How the iPad OR associated devices, using A class silicon and IOS achieve over the next 5 to 10 years is very much down to the imagination, or lack there of and commitment/focus inside of Apple than any inherent limitations to the platform. An A class, even in 2 years at anything like present improvements would be entirely wasted inside a phone or an iPad as you see them today (some might say they already are) so even Cook and co must have some plans for exploiting their immense power. I suspect that the computing world will be very different in ten years than it is now even if much of what we see then is sort of familiar to us now.

        1. In essence you are saying that the iPad should be the horse to back now because someday it might be able to do what a Mac can already do today. Okay….

          Apple’s core strategy with iOS is twofold: push portable fashion over capability, and force the walled garden app store and iCloud & music subscriptions to keep the sheep in the pen. Cook will keep slowly adding capability to iOS devices while taking it away from Macs in order to artificially tip the scales, but there is absolutely no rational reason why if developed to their full potentials, a personal computer should ever be outperformed by a thin client battery powered tablet or phone.

          I will remain firmly attached to the freedom of Jobs’ computing vision, the PERSONAL COMPUTER, both Mac and Windows machines, where I retain control of my data without relying on internet to move files. iOS is a phone OS and sucks at everything else, no matter how powerful a chip you put behind it.

    2. “Gamers and YouTube watchers will be elated.”
      Which is actually a good thing. Gamers and YouTube watchers is A HUGE demographic that anyone would love have elated about them 🙂

      “Nobody who needs a computer”
      Well, not quite. It really depends on what they need that computer FOR. If they need that computer to play games or watch YouTube… which… again, TON of people, then it will be significantly more than “nobody”

  3. Adobe and Autodesk (of all companies) have invested in the development of their flagship products to run on the new iPad Pro. It takes a lot to make this happen. I suspect that Apple provided these companies with a roadmap of the A Series silicon and iOS, along with plans for A Series in Macintosh. These publishers have been convinced that A Series based computing has a big future.

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