Announced on April 20, the new iPad Pro have for them a “deluge of improvements”, including the incredible M1 chip, introduced with the MacBook Air, Pro 13 inches, and Mac mini at the end of last year. While orders should officially be filled from the second half of May, the first benchmarks are starting to pop up on the web.
50% more efficient than the previous generation iPad Pro
According to tests carried out with Geekbench 5, the fifth generation of iPad Pro is a monster of power. It obtains very high scores with this tool, which essentially measures the performance of the processor and the graphics part.
With a score of around 1,700 in single core, the iPad Pro 2021 does much better than the previous iPad Pro, which scored 1117 and was powered by an A12Z chip, yet not really lacking in power.
When we look at the multi-core results, the gap seems to widen further since the iPad Pro M1 posts a score of around 7300, where the fourth generation iPad Pro was “content” with ‘a 4696 according to our measurements when it was released.
Compared to Mac M1 and Intel
But, where the results become even more impressive, is when we play the small game of comparison with the most powerful Intel MacBook Pro still on the market, namely the 16-inch model, equipped with a Core i9-9880H at 2.3 GHz, with 8 cores.
We can see that from a CPU point of view, the iPad M1 seems to dominate the ninth generation Intel Core chip. It would have been interesting to see what gives the iPad Pro M1 compared to the dedicated graphics card, which equips the Apple pro laptop, we had tested the model including an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M (with 4 GB of memory), and which offered a fairly solid “Metal” score to this machine.
In this case, the test results do not seem to appear on the Geekbench site. We can only speculate. If we apply a 50% performance increase, as appears to be the case for the other measurements between the iPad Pro A12Z and the iPad Pro M1, we approach a score of around 15,000 points, based on the results that we had recorded with the previous generation of iPad Pro.
However, if we take a look at the Metal score recorded by the MacBook Pro M1, the result was closer to 19,500 points. The iPad Pro M1 could therefore flirt with these graphics performance.
Some precautions …
If this range turns out, the iPad Pro 2021 would therefore be below what the 16-inch MacBook Pro offers from a GPU point of view, but with regard to the form factor, because the M1 is a chip ” entry level ‘and the total absence of active cooling, via a fan, the performance is enormous and leaves you dreaming. The M1 and other next-gen Apple Silicon chips might not stop surprising us anytime soon.
Obviously, as it should be, remember that these results are only indications of power, and do not predict possible uses and the difference in experience induced by the operating system used. In other words, the iPad Pro seems to be even more pro than last year, but iPadOS will have to beef up its ergonomics to offer the flexibility and speed necessary to make it a real ultraportable killer.