The topic of the performance of modern smartphones and the approaching capabilities of flagship processors to more serious chips in computers is not new. And the results of the annual upgrade are indeed getting closer. This can be clearly seen in the products of Apple, which has now managed to fully transfer all its products to chips of its own production.
Macworld has taken a closer look at the results of the synthetic Geekbench test of new and more or less current models of the manufacturer (covering iPhone, iPad and Mac). At iPhone presentations, comparisons with previous generations of smartphones are usually made (with little or no mention of competitors). And the Geekbench charts really do a good job of illustrating the systematic and significant performance improvements over the course of several years.
But if you add the iPad and Mac processors to the comparison, things get much more interesting. Thus, the “junior” versions of tablets with A14 Bionic logically lose out to the performance of newer iPhones. On the other hand, the iPad Air with M1 and the basic version of M1 for laptops and desktops are higher than smartphones. However, the difference in performance demonstrates that with the dynamics of smartphone chip improvements, next year’s iPhone will likely be able to match them (and perhaps even get a little ahead).
For example, the new A17 Pro in the iPhone 15 Pro scored 7,431 points in the multi-core test, while the M1 from the iPad Air scored 8,205. The desktop version of M1 is even more powerful – 8,453 points. Thus, the iPhone 15 Pro does not lose much to the basic version of the MacBook Air with M1. At the same time, the M2 in the iPad Pro is already ahead of such laptops, scoring 9,577 points, and is also approaching the M1 Pro with MacBook Pro (such processors in the initial configuration show results of 10,273 points).
“It’s a somewhat predictable chart, with the fastest Mac chips at the top, followed by a mix of iPads and iPhones. But there are still some fascinating results: owners of the iPad Pro can say their tablet is about as fast as a MacBook Air and that wouldn’t be much of a reach. And the difference between the $399 iPhone SE and the $899 iPhone 14 isn’t as huge as their price difference indicates,” emphasizes the author of the material Roman Loyola.