The A12X Bionic chip, Apple’s latest proprietary processor, isn’t just really fast, it’s a laptop-beater.
The A12X Bionic is a 7nm chip much like the A12, but it’s even larger than its iPhone counterpart, featuring 10 billion transistors. Because the iPad offers even more space than the iPhone, the A12X chip is bigger, hence the “X” in the name. It’s an 8-core CPU featuring four performance and four high-efficiency cores, Apple explained on stage. Single-core performance is up 35%, while multi-core speed has gone up by 90%. The chip also packs a 7-core GPU that delivers twice the performance of the previous iPad.
An Apple device with a model number iPad8,3 was spotted on Geekbench (via MacRumors) with an octa-core Apple processor. The listing shows that the iPad model comes with 4GB of RAM, and it scored 4987 in single-core performance and 17,928 in multi-core performance.
Meanwhile, Geekbench shows two other listings for an Apple device with model number iPad8,8, which comes with 6GB of RAM. In one of the listings, the iPad model scored 5,030 in single-core performance and 17,995 in multi-core performance. In the other listing, the tablet managed 5,020 in single-core performance and a massive 18,217 in multi-core performance.
These numbers beat the 17,348 from the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-based 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 14,180 from the Core i7-8550U-based Dell XPS 13.
Apple’s Core i9-based 15-inch MacBook Pro, though, tops the iPad Pro with a 23,138. These ratings give credibility to Apple’s claim that the new iPad Pro’s A12X chip makes it faster than 92 percent of portable PCs.
Other lower scores came from the A12-based iPhone XS Max (11,515) and iPhone XS (11,420), and the A10X Fusion-based 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro (9,414).
It’s obvious that the new iPad Pro packs a chip ready to deliver the kind of performance competitors can only dream of, and it features the kind of chip that may power a MacBook in the not too distant future.