First A14 Benchmarks from iPad Air 4 Appear Online

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Benchmarks supposedly for Apple's A14 Bionic processor in the iPad Air 4, first spotted by Twitter user "Ice Universe," reveal that the A14 offers significant performance improvements over the iPhone 11's A13 Bionic.



A GeekBench benchmark for an "iPad13,2" with the motherboard number J308AP was uploaded yesterday. According to leaker known as "L0vetodream," J308AP is the iPad Air 4 with cellular, and J307AP is the iPad Air 4 with Wi-Fi only.

The 6-core chip reportedly has a base frequency of 2.99GHz and 3.66GB of memory, achieving a score of 1,583 in single-core and 4,198 for multi-core.



This is markedly higher than the 1,336 in single-core and 3,569 in multi-core for the A13 Bionic. Compared to the A12Z chip from the 2020 iPad Pro, the A14 does better than the A12Z in single-core at 1,118 and slightly lower than in multi-core at 4,564. The A12Z has a extra GPU core compared to the A12x.

While Apple reported during the announcement of the fourth-generation iPad Air that the A14 offers 40 percent faster performance and up to 30 percent faster graphics than the previous iPad Air with the A12 Bionic, these benchmarks provide a more tangible point of comparison. They also offer the best look yet at what performance improvements will likely be seen across the iPhone 12 lineup.

The iPad Air 4 with the A14 Bionic is due to go on sale at some point this month, and as marketing materials arrive at Apple Stores, the launch does not seem to be far away.

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fokmik

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This is strong....this is the base A14 chip, so this is just for the iphones
The ipad pro will have A14Z that will be even better by probably around 20%
And for the first macs even better than the ipad pro
So we can expect that the macbook pro 14" chip will be around 30-50% better than this base a14 chip
Besides that, think about no more heavy heating, think about 14-16 battery life

Magnificent
 

Red Oak

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For perspective,

Top spec'd MacBook Pro 13" with Intel I7: 1348 single, 4908 multi
Top spec'd MacBook Pro 16" with Intel I9: 1105 single, 7114 multi

These are for the very top spec'd models of each, and the highest scores I can find of many posted. The "A14X" derivative that will likely go into the new MacBooks will likely exceed the multi on the current 13" Pro and be very competitive with the 16"
 

cmaier

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As CPUs get faster, operating systems get slower, so really the purpose of these faster chips is to just keep up

This is cute to say, but not true.
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great, but also in line with what one would expect ... will be really interesting to see how this is gong to play out in the first Macs ...
It’s what we’ve come to expect *from apple*, but nobody else in the industry is achieving 20% year-over-year improvement over and over again.
 

gnasher729

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First, this is not really six cores, it is two fast cores plus four low power cores. If we look at future Macs: This chip easily beats all dual core Macs (yes, the very cheapest Macs havd. And it is reasonably competitive with quad core Macs, without quite beating them in performance. Where it will beat them is with not very demanding applications; if the four slow cores are powerful enough then they will use a lot less power and improve battery life.

But I’m sure Apple is working on chips with four fast + four slow cores at least. That should easily beat everything quad core, beat six core Macs, and almost draw even with eight cores and I expect that in the first ARM Macs. So: Improved low end Macs with 2+4 cores that you _might_ buy instead of quad core Intel. Improved mid range Macs with 4+4 cores that replace 4 or 6 core Intel Macs and that you _might_ buy instead of an 8 core Intel Mac. And all Intel Macs with fewer than eight cores get dropped.

(Actually, I assume 4+4 cores is close to finished, and they are working on the next size).
 
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This is strong....this is the base A14 chip, so this is just for the iphones
The ipad pro will have A14Z that will be even better by probably around 20%
And for the first macs even better than the ipad pro
So we can expect that the macbook pro 14" chip will be around 30-50% better than this base a14 chip
Besides that, think about no more heavy heating, think about 14-16 battery life

Magnificent

This is the chip that's in the iPad Air that was already announced, not just for iPhones..
 

mannyvel

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As CPUs get faster, operating systems get slower, so really the purpose of these faster chips is to just keep up

This is interesting because he's not totally wrong. Machines today should be much faster, but they aren't as much faster as you'd expect. That'a because the chip power's being used for background stuff, like auto-spell checking, autofill, predictive typing, etc. When's the last time you triggered a spellchecker by hand?

For some people more performance is obvious: you can use x number of tracks, or you can process y more images. For the majority, well, 4k streaming's been possible for years. The most practical measure of new performance is probably live video effects, which was pretty much impossible before.
 

eicca

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Cool to see how far technology has come. The Intel X5690 has a single core score of less than half of that at ~630 and multi core around ~3100. Thermal management is another issue entirely, but the fact that mobile devices have more powerful processors than the 5,1 Mac Pro is a pretty amazing.
 

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Shame they couldn't match the multi-core performance of the old Pro, but single-core will still matter more for most use cases. I really wish I had bought an iPad Pro two years ago, as that A12X will keep trucking for a long time yet...
 

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that’s extremely impressive, pretty much the next iPhone will be on par with a wide range of MacBook Pros. However, if they put the a14x Version into the pro machines, it’s still not gonna be enough to justify a switch, there’s just way too much you’re giving up, it better be something impressive to be worth it. They need to put in a chip with a respective power envelope if they want to make it a tempting offer for professionals.

Still not sure whether I would bite the bullet, considering how restrictive Apple has become about their eco system. I wish there was still a possibility for Bootcamp, that certainly would make it an easier purchase
 

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Ugh. I’m gonna be so tempted to buy 12pro max! These scores are already almost double what my XS Max gets, AND the 12 Pros are supposed to get 2 extra GB of RAM compared to this iPad, so scores will definitely surpass this iPad...... my wallet is telling me wait one more year though 😂
 
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