Now that the hype surrounding both the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is slowly decreasing, rumours of Apple’s upcoming iPad-destined processor are beginning to leak out. Dubbed as the A10X, alleged Geekbench 4 benchmark scores of the unreleased processor has been spotted by folks at Techtastic – the same folks who claimed to have benchmarked the A10 fusion SoC before the iPhone 7 was released.
The Apple A10 Fusion processor is without a doubt a very, very powerful SoC. In fact, it is so powerful, it even performs slightly better compared to the notebook-grade Intel Core M3 processor found in the MacBook announced earlier this year. Naturally, any Apple processor with a ‘X’ suffix on it will come with significant performance improvements over the ‘non-X’ processor, and the A10X isn’t any different.
According to the folks at Techtastic, the Apple A10X processor had Geekbench 4 scores of 4,236 (single-core) and 6,588 respectively (multi-core). To put things into perspective, the A10 Fusion SoC had an ‘average’ single-core and multi-score of around 3,500 and 5,600 respectively – the A10X clearly dwarfs these scores.
Nonetheless, if these scores were to be believed, then it would mean that the iPad-grade Apple A10X processor will be just as, if not more powerful than the Intel Core i7-5650U processor found in the early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air – based on Geekbench 4 scores, of course. If Apple and TSMC continues to create processors this powerful, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see both companies venturing out to create processors for MacBooks in the future.