iPad Pro’s M4 chip is the fastest on the market, benchmarks suggest


After Apple announced its refreshed iPad Pro line with the latest M4 processor, some users have been measuring the device’s benchmarks. Geekbench results indicate that, in terms of single-core performance, the M4 is even faster than Intel’s Core i9-14900KS for desktops.

When Apple unveiled its new iPad Pro with an M4 chip, it could only be compared to the previous iPad Pro, which was powered by an M2 chip. The company claims that the latest device delivers up to 50% faster performance than its predecessor.

Now, thanks to results posted on Geekbench, we can see how the device stacks up to others, including those using versions of Apple’s own silicon M3, currently found in the most powerful Macs.

The M4 chip comes with up to 10 cores, including six efficiency cores, 10 GPU cores, and a Neural Engine capable of up to 38 trillion operations per second, promising fast on-device AI computations. For comparison, the M3 had 8 cores, made up of 4 performance and four efficiency cores, and a Neural engine capable of around 20 trillion operations per second.

A couple of entries of the latest iPads on Geekbench indicate that in single-core performance, the new iPad Pro scored around 3,800, while in multi-core performance it achieved around 14,500.

Mspoweruser reported that these numbers are 22% 25% higher, respectively, than the 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M3 Pro chip – a more powerful version of the M3.

For now, Apple has officially announced just one M4 version. However, earlier, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that the company will also announce a few more versions that will supposedly be used in MacBooks that the company is expected to unveil this year.

Geekbench test results also confirm that the new iPad Pro, in terms of single-core performance, is faster than PCs, with Intel’s Core i9-14900KS with 24 cores. The latter scores around 3,300 on Geekbench. Of course, when it comes to multi-core performance, Intel’s CPU, boasting more than double the number of cores, is significantly faster.

As pointed out by the X user Apple Leaker, compared to Samsung’s Tabs 9 Ultra, iPad Pro with the M4 outperformed the device significantly.

However, even though Apple’s device crushes some of its competitors, there are doubts about whether the iPad itself will be enough to make use of all the capabilities of the M4. Some users on X pointed out that the MacBook operating system would be much better suited to the fast M4.