Retina MacBook Air is faster than older Airs and MacBooks, but slower than the new iPad Pro

“The first benchmark for the Retina MacBook Air that Apple unveiled a few days ago is out, showing the expected gains in performance over the previous MacBook Air generation,” Chris Smith reports for BGR. “The new Air also does somewhat better than the previous 12-inch MacBook in tests and almost matches entry-level MacBook Pros.”

Smith reports, “But it can’t touch the massive performance of the new iPad Pro.”

“The results posted over on Geekbench (via MacRumors, show single-core and multi-core scores of 4248 and 7828, respectively, for a device rocking a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y processor and 16GB of RAM,” Smith reports. “The previous MacBook Air, featuring a 1.8GHz Intel Broadwell processor, scored 3335 and 6119 in the same tests. The single-core score of the Retina MacBook Air surpasses all 12-inch MacBooks (3500 to 3900 depending on chip) and is within reach of base 2017 and 2018 MacBook Pro models (4300 to 4500).”

“What’s more interesting is that the iPad Pro that Apple unveiled at the same event earlier this week outscores all these MacBooks in the same tests, including the new Retina MacBook Air and its predecessors, the 12-inch MacBooks, and several MacBook Pro models,” Smith reports. “The A12X chip inside the new tablets scored over 5000 and over 18000 points in the same test.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s A12X Bionic is a beast! Apple’s chip designers make Intel’s look like amateurs.

Geekbench scores for new iPad Pro surface, goes to toe-to-toe with 2018 MacBook Pro – November 1, 2018
Apple iPad Pro’s A12X chip has no real rivals; it delivers performance unseen on Android tablets – November 1, 2018
This year’s Apple A12-powered iPhones to leave Android phones even further behind – September 4, 2018
7nm chip development costs ‘prohibitively high’ for all but Apple and TSMC – September 4, 2018
Apple’s year-old iPhone X trounces Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 9 in benchmark tests – August 10, 2018
First benchmarks reveal Apple’s next-gen iPhones’ performance will obliterate even Android’s wildest dreams – July 2, 2018


  1. You can see it now can’t you a year or two down the road they will launch A class Macs with the explanation that they were getting so far ahead of Intel chips in terms of performance that they just could not justify sticking with them any longer especially with the added extra of delays and slowing innovation blah, blah. I guess the reaction beyond the professionally negative, will depend on what those A Class Macs will actually do and for a while at least how good the (one presumes) legacy emulation will be. Of course it might even be a ‘B’ class chip specifically designed to do even more but one way of the other these figures surely show something is very likely to be announced within a couple years.

    1. I agree. ARM Macs in some form are pretty much inevitable at this point. Apple has a pretty good track record with handling architecture changes (68k->PPC->x86). I’m looking forward to the switch.

  2. Wanted to get excited about the new MBA replacing my 2011. Just one more legacy USB 3.0 port and SD card port and it would have been the machine of my dreams, and would have reduced dongling by 50-100%. I’d have paid an extra couple hundred bucks for just that much more. After all, it would have let me use my old dongles and save money not buying new ones. But that’s the new Apple, apparently. Hated to admit it all this time, but I’m finally acknowledging the pattern.

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