iPad Pro 2021 better than imagined: Is Apple playing small?


Can you trust Apple’s speed promises? How fast is the new iPad Pro 2021? Answers to these questions now provide the first benchmark results of the professional tablet. The evidence is that the tablet is even better than expected.

The iPad Pro is currently the most dominant Apple chip, the M1. Apple only installs it in the latest Macs, presently available in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro (13 inches), Mac mini, and all new in the iMac 2021. But what is the performance of the Apple processor in the iPad Pro 2021?

Apple is promising and confidently writes on its website: “The M1’s 8-core CPU delivers up to 50% faster performance. And the unparalleled 8-core GPU gives the iPad Pro up to 40% faster graphics performance.” That’s the bar, but is Apple keeping its word?

iPad Pro 2021 benchmark: Apple understates data

It looks like we’re looking at the first benchmark results. Although the delivery of the first devices to customers is still imminent, somehow, test samples have already made it to Geekbench – MacRumors reports. As a result, the iPad Pro with the M1 is 56 percent faster than its predecessor, with the already not necessarily weak A12Z. Almost as expected, the MacBook Air and iPad Pro are each with the same chip at a power level, both of which beat even the most expensive MacBook Pro (16 inches) with an Intel Core i9. Here are benchmark results from MacRumors?

  • M1 MacBook Air: 7,378
  • M1 iPad Pro: 7,284
  • Core i9 16-inch MacBook Pro: 6,845
  • A12Z iPad Pro: 4,656

The comparison in the single-core range is almost even more impressive. The new iPad Pro 2021 achieves 1,701 points on average, while the MacBook Pro with Intel chip earns only a meager 1,091 points – still questions?

What about Graphics Performance?

Yes, should we ignore this critical sub-topic? The view of the metal score of Geekbench 5 helps, and the one knocks us around – on average, the professional tablet manages 20,578 points, which is 71 percent faster than its predecessor. In short, Apple is even underperforming, and users are likely to be satisfied with such a performance for years to come.

One wonders: Why is Apple building such a powerful iPad? Few apps are nuptitging the power at the moment. Calls for much more powerful software are thus heard, for example, for a version of Final Cut for iPadOS. Will Apple hear that? At the moment, let us not question so much?