The new A10 processor that powers Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus blows away the competition in benchmark tests. Now, the company's upcoming A10X chip, which will be used in its next-generation iPads, has made an appearance on Geekbench and scored dramatically high results.
While many popular Android smartphone and tablet makers opt to use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors in its devices, Apple has taken the approach of designing its own A series chips that power its iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and iPod touch. This allows the company to fine tune the processors to be both energy efficient and achieve high performance results.
When Apple announced the iPhone 5s in 2013, which was powered by an A7 chip, it became the first smartphone to feature a powerful 64-bit processor. Since then, the company has managed to continually improve its A series chips on an annual basis and outperform competing devices.
We reported in August that Samsung's current flagship Galaxy Note 7 powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor was put up against last year's iPhone 6s, which packs in an A9 processor, easily trounced the Note 7 in a speed test.
Apple's latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus kick things up a notch by using the company's new A10 Fusion chip and benchmarks have shown it outperforms competing devices by significant margins.
Apple is expected to use a variant of its A10 Fusion chip in its next-generation iPads, which are expected to be released in the spring. The company is reportedly planning to release a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.1-inch iPad Pro to replace the current 9.7-inch model and a 7.9-inch iPad mini Pro, according to sources. All three models will use an enhanced A10X processor and the new chip has just made an appearance on Geekbench with extremely high scores.
As you can see in the image above, which was published by TechTastic, the new A10X processor produced a single-core test of 4236 and a multi-core score of 6588. The scores easily outperform the already impressive results of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus' A10 scores of 3490 single-core and 5580 multi-core tests. The results also show the A10X processor outperformed the A9X chip used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which scored 3010 in single-core and 4990 in multi-core.
We'll keep you posted on any additional details regarding Apple's next-generation iPad Pro series but for now, these results appear to show the new iPad Pro models are going to be insanely powerful tablets when they are released.