New iPad Pro benchmarks blow away Windows PCs

“When Apple introduced the new iPad Pro, the company boasted that its slim slate is more powerful than 92 percent of PCs out there,” Mark Spoonauer writes for Tom’s Guide. “Now that we’ve benchmarked the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for our review over at Laptop Mag, it looks like that claim could very well be legit.”

“On Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance, the iPad Pro notched a score of 17,995,” Spoonauer writes. “That blows past the Surface Pro 6 with a Core i5 CPU and even the Core i7 version of the Dell XPS 13… The 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Core i7 chip was just slightly below the iPad Pro at 17,348.”

“On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness, Apple’s tablet lasted for 13 hours and 41 minutes,” Spoonauer writes. “The Surface Pro 6 lasted about 4 hours less at 9:20 and the Dell XPS 13 with Core i7 and 4K display mustered 8:53.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Can we have an A-series chip made for Mac ASAP, please!

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  1. Take away the restrictions placed on a chip specialised for a phone and a lightweight tablet and just imagine what sort of performance Apple could squeeze out of the A class or would it be a Mac focused B type derivative even?

    All this power is in danger of becoming overkill at this rate of development of its silicon if the products themselves aren’t let off the leash and true potential released. Though I guess AR and AI developments will potentially exploit all the power available if Apple pushes it hard in those directions.

    1. Exactly what has become of Apple’s AR and VR efforts? Has Apple given up on them? I thought ARKit was all the rage last year but I don’t hear much talk of it anymore. I guess these things go through cycles of interest and disinterest.

      With all the power the A12 Bionic has, is there even any major AR app that takes advantage of it or gives an edge to Apple in the AR market? Apple must not be pushing hard enough. I hope they’re not waiting for other companies to catch up.

  2. What good is all that power going to do? The iPad Pro is as expensive as most Windows PCs and it doesn’t have a keyboard. Apple should be taking advantage of putting that A12 Bionic into a MacBook Air or some new laptop computer. Apple is getting no praise by anyone from such a powerful tablet. All Wall Street does is say Apple’s tablet is losing sales to traditional laptops. Schools aren’t buying iPad Pros because they’re all buying Chromebooks. Tablets just don’t seem to be popular nowadays.

    I’m impressed the iPad Pro is such a powerful device but Apple needs to be able to convince businesses and schools to take advantage of all that power. It’s not going to happen because of the high cost of the iPad Pro. Microsoft can market the Surface as being a real computer because it runs a desktop version of Windows OS and not some tablet OS. It shouldn’t matter but critics look down upon Apple’s iOS as not being robust enough with no traditional file system.

    The iPad Pro might be some awesomely powerful device but AAPL is still getting destroyed just the same.

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