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Has an Apple silicon Mac been benchmarked for the first time? Possibly.

A14 Bionic Apple Art
A14 Bionic Apple Art (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • New CPU benchmarks have appeared for an Apple A14X chip.
  • It's thought this might be the first Apple silicon Mac to be benchmarked.
  • If it is, it's going to be quick!

New benchmarks claiming to depict an Apple A14X processor have appeared online, possibly outing the first Mac running Apple silicon. If that's the case we can look forward to a speedy machine indeed.

Shared via CPU Monkey and iPhone in Canada, the speed test shows an A14X with a standard 1.80GHz clock speed that can turbo up to 3.1GHz.

More important though, is the fact that the score shown here suggests we can look forward to multi-core performance exceeding a beastly 16-inch MacBook Pro. If rumors are accurate, this is the chip that could be going into a 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Looking at these alleged A14X Bionic benchmarks, we can see the whopping multi-core score of 7220, which beats the multi-core score of the top-end i9 16-inch MacBook Pro.

It's a similar story in terms of GPU performance, although it's possible Apple would augment its silicon with a discrete GPU option, especially at the high end.

The folk at Apple Insider also point out that these numbers exceed anything we've seen from Apple's existing high-end devices.

The multi-core benchmark for the "A14X" scored 7220 vs the A12Z at 4657. The A14 scored 4198 for multi-core, which means the "A14X" delivers a marked increase in performance in the sorts of environments that the GeekBench test suite focuses on. The additional RAM and graphics capabilities boost this result much higher than the standard iPhone processor.

All of that sounds pretty promising, assuming this is indeed a chip destined for a Mac. It could just as easily be coming to a future iPad Pro. With Apple holding a special event later today we hopefully won't have too much longer to wait before we know whether the A14X will make an appearance in a Mac, or not.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.