All iPads Why are Apple smartphones more powerful than Apple tablets?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Cocorico, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Cocorico macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Hi everyone,

    It seems that Apple is trying first its new processor on its smartphone before installing them on its Ipad.

    Why ?
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Because the iPads are typically released later with a more powerful version of the processor (e.g., A10X vs. A10). Same pipeline/process but optimised and improved. Possibly they can get away with more heat due to the larger form factor.

    Almost like Intel's tick-tock cycle. I imagine it's done later so they can perfect the process and need time to further improve it.
  3. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    From 2010 through 2015 the iPad received the same A series SoC at the same time or even earlier than the iPhone that launched at that time.

    After the iPad Pro 12.9 in late 2015 the iPad fell behind (9.7” Pro with A9X came 6 months after iPhone 6s with A9 and the 2017 iPad Pro with A10X came 9 months after the iPhone 7 with A10).

    Looks like going forward they’ll be on par again. 2018 iPad Pro getting the A12X next week.
  4. frou macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
  5. darkarn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2017
    To answer your question on the title: Another reason is that iPhones have less resolution and smaller screen size. This means the iPhone may seem to outdo the iPad for the same application due to the iPhone's processor needing to do less work than the iPad's for the same result

    As for the one on your post, Apple is just being cautious all these while + wanting to let its iPhone do the talking
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    A lot more people depend on their smartphone each day for a multitude of tasks rather than a tablet, if only because of the fact that their phone goes with them everywhere.
  7. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    pretty much what frou said lol. Almost 2/3 of the revenue.
  8. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2007
    The iPad Pro’s get a suped up version of the processor that is in the flagship phone. Don’t let the name of the proc fool you, it’s not weaker than the phone. Think of it more as an overclocked version of the phone or that the phone is underclocked due to heat. As others stated iPhones generate more revenue so they get the proc first.

    I think people thought the 2017 iPad Pro’s were weaker because the name A10x on the proc. But that particular A10 proc was near low end desktop benchmarks and was faster than the iPhone 7 proc. The new A12 is even closer to desktop levels, the A12x will probably meet desktop benchmarks in small bursts.
  9. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Well, the iPhone is more challenging (tight thermal limit, small battery, etc), so designing a chip for the iPhone first will ensure it gets the best performance per watt. It is easier to scale that chip up later on.

    Back to the current iPads, the A10X is no slouch, and in some benches, it is still faster/as fast as the A12.

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