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Benchmarks show the M1 iPad Pro is 50% faster than its predecessor

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Apple Ipad Pro Spring21 Hero (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Geekbench scores have hit for Apple's new M1 iPad Pro.
  • The scores reveal that the new iPad Pro is 50% faster than its predecessor.

Apple's new M1 iPad Pro is insanely fast.

As reported by MacRumors, new benchmark scores from Geekbench 5 show that Apple's latest iPad Pro is over 50% faster than its predecessor.

Based on five legitimate Geekbench 5 results (here's the fifth) for the fifth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the M1 chip, the device has average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,718 and 7,284, respectively. By comparison, the fourth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the A12Z chip has average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,121 and 4,656, respectively, meaning that the M1 iPad Pro is around 56% faster.

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Apple Ipad Pro Spring21 Ipad Pro Magic Keyboard 2up (Image credit: Apple)

Here is the breakdown of the average multi-core results which show that the new M1 iPad Pro outperforms even the current 16-inch MacBook Pro:

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

It's worth noting that the third-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the A12X chip has a higher average multi-core score of 4,809, likely due to statistical variation, but this still results in the M1 iPad Pro being 51% faster, which lines up with Apple's marketing claim that the M1 iPad Pro is up to 50% faster than the previous generation.The benchmark results reveal that the M1 iPad Pro has virtually identical performance as the M1 Macs released last fall. The M1 MacBook Air, for example, has average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,701 and 7,378, respectively. Impressively, this means the M1 iPad Pro is faster than a maxed-out 16-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9 processor, which has average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,091 and 6,845 respectively.As for graphics performance, the M1 iPad Pro currently has an average Metal score of 20,578, which is up to 71% faster than the previous-generation iPad Pro with the A12Z chip and roughly equal to the graphics performance of M1 Macs.

With scores like that, it's no wonder the iPad Pro is the best iPad available for pro users right now.

Preorders for the new M1 iPad Pro went live on April 30th with the first shipments expected to be delivered on May 21.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.