Record iPad Pro (2018) benchmarks prove Apple's 'faster than your laptop' claims

Record iPad Pro (2018) benchmarks prove Apple's 'faster than your laptop' claims
John Ternus, Apple's VP of hardware engineering, came onstage during the iPad Pro 2018 unveiling event and claimed that they "are faster than 92% of all the portable PCs sold in the last 12 months, including the most popular Core i7 models from the top manufacturers." We have the new octa-core A12X Bionic processor to thank for that, but there is more. 

Apparently, "the iPad Pro delivers Xbox One S-class graphics performance in a product that's 94% smaller," according to Ternus, "and there's no AC cord required." This feat goes to the new hepta-core graphics chip, against the quad-core GPU in the A12 Bionic that powers the 2018 iPhones.

We've grown accustomed to Apple using a souped-up version of its iPhone chipsets for the iPad family. What we didn't know, however, is exactly how much faster would the new A12X Bionic chipset that is in the iPad Pro 2018 family be. Well, the Geekbench database is getting populated with scores from the newest iPads, and the highest-end model with 6GB RAM decimates everything out there - your old laptop included.

The iPad model number with 6GB RAM scored more than 18,000 points on the multi-core test, and more than 5,000 on the single-core pass. For comparison, the new iPad Pro can score as much as a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor in a quad-core configuration at 4.2GHz, while running at a much lower frequency. For another comparison, the newest iPhones score a tad over 11,000 on the multi-core test and are still beating everything Android and iOS had to offer so far.

As you can see below, the first 7nm chipset on Android phones, Huawei's Kirin 980 (as found on the Mate 20 Pro), scores much lower against the 7nm A12X on the iPad Pro, even though its results are the highest in the Android stable of phones.

Long story short, Apple wasn't playing when it claimed that the new iPads are faster than most consumer laptops, and that unreleased Assassin's Creed game onstage demo that was running at the whopping 120fps now seems pretty credible.

Related phones

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)
  • Display 12.9" 2048 x 2732 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12X Bionic, Octa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 1000 GB



1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1799; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That’s an impressive thing. I was wondering when the arm architectures would be closing the gap with the intel chips. So I take it that on paper they would beat a amd processor

22. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1424; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Thing is if these A-series SoCs were that good, Apple would've put them in a MacBook already. More than likely this type of performance doesn't carry over on anything but iOS, which would put into question the usefulness of this benchmark.

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's just fast on this particular benchmark only, try run Cinebench and Time Spy Extreme (or any 3Dmark test), lets see if it's comparable to other $999 laptop.

32. errnope

Posts: 43; Member since: May 23, 2018

Exactly. Benchmarks like this are stupid metrics. Further, an overall number tells you nothing. It would be incredible at a particular task, but terrible at another. Also Apple make these claims every time they come out with their new chip - better than all your laptops, console-like graphics! Always turns out to be false in reality. Still the best tablet you can buy, though.

29. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2215; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The A13X (if called this) may trounce the i7 and get into i9 status. If everything holds true next year, we could be seeing 6700 single core / 34,000 multicore speeds next year. This is based on a 35% increase over single core and 90% multicore for next year. If true this leaves Android back 5 years.

2. Ghost04

Posts: 521; Member since: May 03, 2014

No real benefit of power . As long as you dont have any use of it in ipad apps . I hope Apple use this super powerful chipset in their laptops. It will bring better battery life and full professional apps to use the amazing power .

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Only for the entry level Macbooks though. The 2018 Pro models have superior Core i7 chips, in many tasks that Geekbench doesn't show. And the new iPads are also starting to run PC versions of professional apps (Photoshop CC) and console-quality games (NBA Live) on it's hardware. So the A12X is not THAT useless. It's quite future-resistant too.

19. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

As far as I am going bonkers about this new iPads but it is not stopping me to ask you a question that, Am I purchasing this iPad to feel that it may do something productive or will use its full power in the future? If yes, isn't it is safe to buy iPads when it can actually use its full power & work on anything a PC can do? I will be getting a better Processor & may be more RAM as well at that moment? Just curious, Thanks :)

24. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1424; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

They're not running PC versions at all, they're running a fully loaded customised Photoshop version optimized for iOS on the iPad Pros. Just because it carries the same functionality, doesn't make it a PC version, it's still an iOS app just more complete compared to earlier versions.

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Just asking......why are you guys so late on delivering news?? No hate comments please. And aren't 7 cores called 'hepta', rather than 'septa' as you mentioned??

4. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

You forgot to mention that parts of GeekBench test aren't the same for Windows and MacOS (laptop/desktop CPUs) and for Android and iOS (mobile CPUs). Which makes this whole article pointless.

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Geekbench's founder says results are comparable across platforms. Just like I said to techie a week back......I will take his word's over yours and techie's. And for the record, the A12X isn't more powerful than the i7-8559U in the 2018 Macbooks.

12. Balazs.K

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

If we speak about GeekBench, we should notice that when the Geekbench 3 was replaced by Geekbench 4, all the Android SoCs received much lower scores while the Apple SoCs received the same! Geekbench 3: Snapdragon 820: ~2350/~5400, Exynos 8890: ~2100/~6450, Apple A9: ~2500/~4500 Geekbench 4: Snapdragon 820: ~1700/~4000, Exynos 8890: ~1800/~5100, Apple A9: ~2500/~4400 Pretty interesting isn't it?! And this scoring system is valid novadays. But despite this I really like Apple products!

16. c.m.s

Posts: 236; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Go do a read up on the subject. GB 4 is a alot better benchmark than GB 3 was.

30. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2215; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Just take your GB3 scores to try and equal the A-series then?

17. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Lol, so if I make a benchmark test tomorrow and say it's comparable across all the platforms then you'll believe me? So should I throw away my new 8th gen 6 core i7 laptop that has almost the same GeekBench score as the new iPad Pro, and start rendering the Premiere videos on the iPad to do it faster? Yeah great, let's all drink some iPad Kool Aid!

18. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

According to GeekBench, MacBook Pro 13 2018 has a score of 4507 and 16480. MacBook Pro 15 2018 has a score of 5053 and 21357. iPad Pro has a score of 5027 and 18361, as written in this article. If GeekBench results are "comparable across platforms according to the GeekBench founder" then iPad Pro is clearly faster than the newest quad core MacBook Pro 13 and just a little slower than the 6 core MacBook Pro 15! Oh, wait... No, it actually isn't as nearly as fast! Which means the GeekBench results are NOT comparable across platforms.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

With Geekbench 3, this was the case and it favoured Arm-based chips more. In version 4 the situation is much better, but the tests are pretty generic. You can only do tests that don't rely on specific ARM or X86 instruction sets. So while not a 100% indication of real-life performance, it's a pretty good one to see which one is the fastest on paper.

6. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

That's good news for everyone. I am sure Intel has at least couple of ground breaking technologies hiding in the closet. The 5-10% increase with every new gen was so lame. I think the 8th gen finally improved on that.

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The 8th Gen mostly had higher clock speeds, extra cores, and few architectural improvements. The latter alone wasn't the reason for the higher single-core scores when comparing similar models.

8. notfair

Posts: 745; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

such a good clickbait, are the ipad sales slow and they needed a boost. you can't compare x86 architecture with arm one, it is nonsense and idiotic.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Read comment 7.

11. shiv179

Posts: 169; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

For how long can Assassin's Creed be played on this device, before it starts to heat up and throttling kicks in?

27. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1424; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

10 mins probably

13. whatev

Posts: 2282; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I have butthurt cream with special discount just for android trolls, guys, do you want some?

14. whatev

Posts: 2282; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Wow, this means next iPhone in 2019 will be like 6000 single core and maybe 20000 multi, these chips are getting ridiculous, that’s a way to show how future proof are iOS devices

15. ahmadkun

Posts: 592; Member since: May 02, 2016

No PC like gaming! No full desktop software! No graphics and 3D rendering! No video encoding! No headphone jack! What is this power for ( seriously )

21. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

In all those good pointers, do you really had to mention of Headphone Jack, I mean seriously? Headphone jack doesn't need power as even 1st generation iPhone had it, lol :D I Agree to your all other points though

34. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

The power is so for the next 6 years it will still get updates and new features unlike android tablets... but I do believe apple is working on OS that will answer ur question

20. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Just a marketing scheme, what good is all this power with closed eco-system in a non-versatile app environment?

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