The new iPad Pro is Apple’s most powerful tablet ever due to its A12X Bionic, which Apple claims delivers comparable performance to the Xbox One S. Turns out, you don’t have to compare it to a gaming system to see how powerful it is, just see how it compared to Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro.
In new Geekbench scores, the new iPad Pro delivers performance on a par with the 15-inch MacBook, Apple’s most powerful laptop. The 2018 iPad Pro and its A12X processor earned a single-core score of 5,025 and multi-core score of 18,106. That handily eclipses the scores of the iPhone XS by a significant margin and reaches the level of the MacBook Pro.
The current 15-inch MacBook Pro with the 2.2GHz six-core i7 processor earned a single-core score of 4,928 and multi-core score of 21,165. The MacBook Pro beat the iPad Pro with every processor configuration (i7 and i9) on the multi-core score but the iPad Pro did beat it in the single-core score, albeit with the base configuration for the laptop.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way—for as powerful as the new iPad Pro is, it can never match the performance of the MacBook Pro because they run two different operating systems. They use different apps and perform different tasks. But what the test does make clear is that Apple’s silicon is getting really close to matching the performance of Intel’s chips, continuing to ignite speculation that Apple will ditch Intel in favor of its own chips for the Mac, similar to what has happened with the iPhone and iPad.
Looking at the iPad Pro Geekbench results, it’s hard not to get excited about what’s to come.