Apple iPad Pro with A12X Bionic beats MacBook Pro with an Intel i7 processor

While Qualcomm may be the leader in the market share for mobile chipsets, it is without a doubt that Apple still makes the fastest SoCs out there. Year by year with each iteration, Apple’s chipsets have outclassed Qualcomm’s offerings. However, this year, the company launched the new iPad Pro with the A12X bionic. And it seems like the Cupertino giant has achieved another great feat. In terms of benchmarks, the A12X has managed to outshine Intel’s desktop processor as well.

GeekBench Scores

GeekBench is one of the most widely accepted benchmark software out there. Soon after the launch of the new iPad Pro, the GeekBench listing of the device was leaked. Flagged under the name “iPad 8,8”, the device features the newly announced 8-core A12X chipset. As per the results, the iPad Pro has scored an astounding 5,020 in single-core along with 18,217 in multi-core performance.

Geekbench scores: iPad Pro w/ A12X Bionic (left) v MacBook Pro 13-inch w/ i7-8559U (right)

On the other hand, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (mid-2018) variant, packs the Intel Core i7-8559U processor. It is a quad-core processor based on Intel’s latest Coffee Lake architecture. However, in terms of GeekBench performance, the results weren’t as good as one would expect. The MacBook Pro, while producing a decent score of 5,136 in single-core performance, was lagging behind the iPad Pro in multi-core performance with a score of just 17,601.

Note: It is worth pointing out that benchmark scores could be different for multiple tests. However, the average of multiple results posted on GeekBench for the MacBook Pro is close to the aforementioned figures only.

$1,700 extra for what?

What’s even interesting is that the iPad Pro will retail at $799 for the base variant with the same A12X Bionic chipset. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro 13-inch with the i7-8559U processor will set you back at $2,499. That’s a staggering $1,700 price difference, for a system, that truth be told, doesn’t offer you a lot more. One might argue that you can’t directly compare a mobile OS to a desktop OS, but in terms of application, iOS has come a long way. In fact, most of the users would be better off buying the iPad Pro rather than a new MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pro comes with issues of its own. The butterfly switches have been largely criticized for its low quality and poor performance. On the other hand, you can pair the iPad Pro with the new Smart Folio Keyboard and the Apple Pencil (second-generation) for enhanced productivity. And you also save a lot of bucks that way.

Apple iPad Pro vs MacBook Pro

Well, that’s one way to look at things. At least in benchmarks, especially core performance, the iPad Pro seems to be better. However,  But what do you think? Could the Apple iPad Pro replace the Apple MacBook Pro? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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