2020 iPad Pro Benchmark Shows Slight Improvements Over A12X Bionic in 2018 Models

The first benchmark scores of the A12Z Bionic chip inside the 2020 iPad Pro have made their way to the internet, and it looks like the chip doesn’t bring that drastic of an improvement in performance compared to the A12X Bionic.

Apple yesterday unveiled the new generation iPad Pro, and it comes with an all-new A12Z Bionic chipset, which, according to Apple, provides the iPad Pro with more power and faster performance than most Windows PC laptops.

In the AnTuTu benchmark, the 2020 iPad Pro scored 712,218 points — slightly higher than the 705,585 points scored by the A12X Bionic chip in the 2018 iPad Pro. A breakdown of the benchmark scores indicates the CPU performance of the A12Z and the A12X Bionic chips are nearly the same — 186,186 for the A12Z vs 187,572 for the A12X Bionic.

The GPU performance has seen a slight uplift, scoring 373,781 compared to 345,016 for the A12X Bionic. Apple explained that the A12Z Bionic chip uses an 8-core GPU versus 7-core GPU on A12X, explaining the improvement in performance.

Even though the 2020 iPad Pro doesn’t bring any major performance improvements to the table, it shouldn’t disappoint — Apple’s A12X/Z Bionic chips are still faster than every other mobile chipset out there.

The 2020 models of the iPad Pro come with a LiDAR scanner, a 120Hz display, 600 nits peak brightness, and for the first time, support for trackpad with iOS 13.4, coming next week (and currently out for developers). The 11-inch Wi-Fi variant starts at $1049 CAD while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model with Wi-Fi starts at $1299.

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