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Apr 12, 2001

Yesterday, John Gruber at Daring Fireball highlighted just how well Apple's A10 Fusion chip found in its iPhone 7 stands up to the competition in terms of raw speed.

(Image taken from Daring Fireball.)

Looking at Geekbench results for single and multi-core performance across a range of smartphones, Gruber noted that the iPhone 7 series beats all newcomers on every score, including Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and Note 7 Android phones.

More impressively perhaps, the A10 Fusion processor scores faster overall results than every MacBook Air Apple has ever made, only once falling behind a multi-core score recorded for the early 2015 MacBook Air, which is powered by an Intel Core i7 and scores 5650, just edging the iPhone 7's result of 5630. Still, the laptop can't keep up with the A10 chip's raw single-core performance (2989 compared to 3261). Apple's latest flagship phone also performs comparably to an early 2013 MacBook Pro, powered by an Intel Core i5.

Apple has invested heavily in its Ax-series of processors, with some commentators and rumors suggesting it could eventually transition an ARM-based processor to future MacBooks. You can learn more about the technology behind Apple's A10 Fusion chip in MacRumors' dedicated article on the subject.

Article Link: iPhone 7 Series is Faster Than Any MacBook Air Ever Made
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macrumors regular
Dec 16, 2010
Stupid test. Mac operating system and android phones can run things in background and run at much higher screen resolution, handle tons of other things that mobile centric-iOS does not have to deal - like inability to run applications in background like android and full blown Mac OS


macrumors member
Aug 6, 2007
Raleigh NC
Impressive, but isn't this the same argument that didn't make sense when comparing the iPad Pros to Macbook Airs? Talking about how this benchmark heavily favors mobile processors etc?


macrumors 65816
Mar 1, 2011
A 10-15W version of this chip should be frightening. Even so, it wouldn't have any apps to run as a Mac...


macrumors 68030
Jun 20, 2009
Lincoln, UK
If I remember correctly, the original MacBook Air had a chip built especially for it by Intel, and several times Macs got early releases of Intel chips. I think this comparison would be different if that was still the way things were happening.
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Dec 7, 2010
New Zealand
What's the point of all this as you're not going to use an iPhone like an Air and why would you ever try.

The only item I'm interested in now is a better camera everything else works fast enough on the 6s plus. The new 7 does nothing for me and I'll wait until next year or the year after.
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macrumors demi-god
Apr 23, 2015
So when will we be getting phones capable of running osx when docked to a keyboard and monitor?

What a very wrong idea. Indeed, that's Microsoft's very wrong idea.

Apple will do the opposite at proper time: switching the Mac to ARM if and when their A series chips will be faster enough to allow a decent level of X86 virtualization.


macrumors G3
Nov 23, 2011
What's the point of all this as you're not going to use an iPhone like an Air and why would you ever try.

It's just to put things into perspective really. You've got a CPU that you can hold in your hand, in a phone, which doesn't require any cooling... and it practically spanks any dual-core mobile chip currently shipping in a laptop. An in-house, Apple designed chip. It's a stunning achievement.

If Apple could just crack the problem of the x86 instruction set, then we could have MacBooks shipping that utterly cream the competition. Apple designed CPU. Apple designed OS. Apple designed hardware. Apple chip pipeline.

That's what I'd call a 'proper' Mac. One that doesn't rely on Intel.


macrumors 68000
Sep 29, 2008
The headline isn't misleading. The 2015 Air with the dual core i7 is only faster than the iPhone 7 on the multicore benchmark by about 0.4% but is slower on the single core benchmark by about 8.3%.

That means the iPhone 7 is faster overall.

A benchmark is a severely restricted way of looking at performance but for Apple to offer that level of performance with such a low powered processor in the iPhone 7 is impressive.
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