Alongside three new iPhones, Apple also unveiled a brand new six-core A11 Bionic chip, which include two cores for performance and four cores for efficiency. Now, according to the first Geekbench scores, the A11 Bionic’s performance tops that of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.
In the first 12 Geekbench scans of the A11 chip, it scored a single-core score of 4141 and multi-score score of 10438, outperforming the A10 chip, A10X chip and even the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple’s last mobile chip, the A10X Fusion chip inside the iPad Pro, scored a single score score of 3887 and multi core score of 9210. The A11 chip outperforming the A10X was expected as Apple always improves performance of its mobile chips year-over-year. What’s impressive is how its performance stacks up against the MacBook Pro.
The 2.3GHz MacBook Pro got a Geekbench score 4321/9183 and the 3.1GHz scored 4227/8955. Against the high-end dual-core 3.5GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro model, the A11 chip still bested it on the multi-score (9602), but lost out in the single-score (4592).
That doesn’t mean the A11 Bionic chip is more powerful than what you’d find in a 13-inch MacBook Pro, even against the entry-level model that it beat in Geekbench; it’s just that Apple made a great mobile chip with excellent performance.
In real life usage, it’ll be snappy just like every new Apple chip. We’ll start testing the A11 Bionic chip for ourselves September 22 when the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus become available.