A11 Bionic Chip in iPhone 8 and iPhone X on Par With 13-Inch MacBook Pro, Outperforms iPad Pro

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X are equipped with a six-core A11 chip, which Apple says brings some major improvements over the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. The chip features two performance cores and four efficiency cores.

    Early Geekbench scores for iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices suggest that not only does the new A11 significantly outperform the A10, it beats the A10X Fusion in the iPad Pro and it is on par with the chips in Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro models.


    In 12 Geekbench scans, the A11 chip saw an average single-core score of 4169, and an average multi-core score of 9836. Some individual scores were much higher, though, with single-core scores topping out at 4274 and multi-core scores at 10438.

    A single A11 Geekbench score

    Comparatively, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro with A10 Fusion chip has an average Geekbench single-core score of 3887 and a multi-core score of 9210. Apple's highest-end dual-core 3.5GHz 13-inch 2017 MacBook Pro has a single-core score of 4592 and a multi-core score of 9602, suggesting the A11 outperforms it on multi-core tasks and comes close on single-core tasks.

    Geekbench average for 10.5-inch iPad Pro with A10X Fusion​

    Performance is even better stacked up against the lower-end 2017 MacBook Pro models. The 2.3GHz machine has scores of 4321/9183 and the 3.1GHz machine has scores of 4227/8955.

    Average Geekbench score for high-end 3.5GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro​

    On paper, the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus will offer significantly better performance than the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 has an average single-core Geekbench score of 3327 and a multi-core score of 5542.

    Average Geekbench score for iPhone 7 with A10 Fusion chip​

    According to Apple, the performance cores in the A11 chip are 25 percent faster than the A10 chip, while the efficiency cores are 70 percent faster than the A10 chip. The A11 chip is better at multi-threaded tasks because a second-generation performance controller is able to harness all six of the cores simultaneously.

    MacRumors spoke to Geekbench's John Poole, who said he believes the A11 benchmarks are real. Poole believes the two high performance cores in the A11 are running at 2.5GHz, up from 2.34GHz in the A10. The 24MHz reading is an anomaly.

    Though the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 offer impressive Geekbench scores, how that translates to real world performance remains to be seen. According to analyst Dan Matte, IPC (instructions per cycle) improvements are "relatively modest" and Geekbench scores should be ignored.
    The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X all adopt the A11 chip, so with the iPhone 8 models set to launch next week, the improvements introduced in the A11 will become more clear.

    Article Link: A11 Bionic Chip in iPhone 8 and iPhone X on Par With 13-Inch MacBook Pro, Outperforms iPad Pro
  2. Appleaker, Sep 13, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017

    Appleaker macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2016
    Well that won’t be the case next year with the quad-core 13” MacBook Pros. But impressive nonetheless.
    As for outperforming the A10X, that’s good but not so good that a 3 month old ‘PC replacement’ is outperformed by a phone by the same company, however it was to be expected.
    If they’re going to release the iPads so close to the iPhone then they should include the next generation processor in it first like they used to do.
  3. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
  4. bkends35 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2013
  5. Avenged110 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    Greatest Country on Earth
  6. atlchamp macrumors 65816

    Jun 19, 2012
    They totally missed the fact that its running iOS 11.1 haha
  7. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
    So it really smoked all android devices out there, poor Samsung
  8. Delgibbons macrumors 6502


    Dec 14, 2016
    Can it run Cubase Pro or Protools with VSL? No. No it can't.

    Benchmarks schmenchmarks.
  9. L-Viz macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2017
    It is called bionic, cause there are actual human brain cells implemented into the chip. Mostly missing Foxconn workers.
  10. iBluetooth macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2016
    That's impressive performance and matching a laptop!
  11. ruchern macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2017
    Running iOS 11.1 already? That's fast. Hints to October event?
  12. a.gomez, Sep 13, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017

    a.gomez macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2008
    I just cant get over the name f this chip... It is something a 12 year old would come up with for their comic or something from some random SyFy channel show.

    Anyway, it is tied to iOS... So as useless for anything real as the iPad Pro has been.
  13. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    Yeah but unlike the iPhone, the MacBook can actually be used to get work done.
  14. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    The A-series chip team at Apple gets an A++ from me.

    But these are just benchmarks, its still hindered by being same old vanilla iOS...

    When will there be A-series MBP's, with exceptional battery and fanless?
  15. Avieshek macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2013
  16. power2b macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2017
    All this power of the iPhone X could be used for super features on iOS but nope they instead use it for creating Animoji.

  17. iapplelove macrumors 68040


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  18. Rob_2811 macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2016
    United Kingdom
    Great does that mean I can do software development on an iPhone now?!

    Of course not because these cross architecture benchmark comparisons are utterly pointless..
  19. lunarworks macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    So they actually did remove 32-bit support from the A11?

    When Apple drops legacy stuff, they drop it hard.
  20. Internaut macrumors 6502a

    Sounds like Apple are dangerously close, hardware wise, to being able to launch a none Intel MacBook.
  21. Rob_2811 macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2016
    United Kingdom
    Why not? Might aswell kill the platform for pro users completely...
  22. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    Its a matter of time till Apple uses their own chips inside it's MacBook.
  23. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Rather than expecting an Intel killer, I expect a dual A12 phone. I wonder how long till Apple deprecates the laptop and sticks with an iPhone as a headless mode device airplay to a 4K TV, wireless headphone and keyboard. We are right there now.
  24. roeiz macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2010
    you poor soul...

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