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Early benchmark results of the M1 iPad Pros are here

9 min read
  • According to new reports, Apple's 2021 iPad Pros are 56% faster than their predecessors.
  • Benchmark results show that these iPad Pros have virtually identical performance to the recently announced M1 Macs.
  • The graphic performance scores show that the M1 iPad Pros are 71% faster than their predecessors.

After the introduction of the next-gen iPad Pro last month, early benchmark results of this device are finally out — giving us a hint of what to expect from these iPad Pros. These new iPad Pros seemed to be the show-stealing products of the Apple Event, all thanks to the mighty M1 chip in the iPad Pro — Apple’s most powerful chipset yet. No, it’s not a joke — it’s the same M1 chip that made its debut in December 2020. The chipset was announced alongside the new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The M1, to the surprise of everyone, stood up as a top-notch processor — blowing away many market-leading PCs and laptops. At its announcement, the chip startled consumers and reviewers across the globe, attracting a huge number of positive reviews. The benchmark results of those initial Macs were already out within days of its debut. However, things got jaw-dropping when Apple just decided to house their new iPad Pro line-up with the same M1 (since it’s built on the same foundation as the A-series chip). While shipment of the M1 iPad Pro is yet to begin, the early benchmark results can give a taste of their performance for anyone that is curious.

As first spotted by MacRumors (reliability: 57.14%), the early Geekbench 5 results for the 12.9-inch (5th-generation) iPad Pro comprised of five legitimate benchmark test results. Based on these results, the device was seen to achieve an average single-core score of 1,718 and an average multi-core scores of 7,284. These scores were seen substantiating Apple’s claims of these newer iPad Pros — up to 50% faster than its predecessors. For reference, the 12.9-inch (4th-generation) iPad Pro housing the A12Z Bionic has an average single-core score of 1,121 and an average multi-core score of 4,656 — making it roughly 56% faster.

Average Multi-Core Results: Geekbench 5

  • 13” M1 MacBook Pro: 7,691
  • M1 MacBook Air: 7,378
  • M1 Mac mini: 7,346
  • M1 iPad Pro: 7,284
  • Core i9 16" MacBook Pro: 6,845
  • A12X iPad Pro: 4,809
  • A12Z iPad Pro: 4,656
  • iPad Air(4th-gen): 4,214

It’s worth noting from the above results that the 12.9-inch (3rd-generation) iPad Pro with the A12X chip has a slightly higher multi-core score than the 2020 iPad Pro. Yet, this still makes the M1 iPad Pro up to 51% faster.

These benchmark results highlight that the M1 iPad Pro has virtually identical performance as the first M1 Macs released back in December, 2020 — for example, the MacBook Air, which has average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,701 and 7,378, respectively. Interestingly, this M1 iPad Pro topples over the maxed-out 16-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9 processor. This means that the M1 iPad Pro is faster than this 16-inch MacBook Pro which has an average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,701 and 7,378, respectively.

Regarding the graphics performance, the M1 iPad Pro has an average metal score of 20,578. This graphics performance is up to 71% faster than the 2020 iPad Pro with the A12Z chip and about the same as that of the M1 Macs.

Pre-orders for the M1 iPad Pro began on 30th April and the product is expected to start shipping to customers around 21 May.

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