Best Performing iOS Devices in March: the Most Powerful Mobile SoC Has Come

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In the middle March, Apple, with no prior notice, has officially released the new generation of iPad Pro on its website, which is the first Apple device to be powered by A12Z chip, with the starting price of 6229RMB.

As expected, the performance of this device is far better than many other Apple mobile devices. From the rankings of Antutu in March, it can be seen that the new iPad Pro has shown very powerful performance.

The data are all calculated based on Antutu Benchmark V8--iOS version. The data collection period was from March 1 to March 31. The scores shown here are all average scores, not the highest ones, which are more representative.

Best Performing iOS Devices in March: the Most Powerful Mobile SoC Has Come

From the overall rankings, iPad Pro 4 (12.9-inch) has, without any doubt, made it the Top 1, with the average benchmark score of 747937. The next is the old version iPad Pro 3 (12.9-inch), with the average benchmark score of 716322. The device ranking the 3rd is iPad Pro 4 (11-inch), with the average benchmark score of 715253.

From the sub-scores, it can be seen that the iPad Pro 3 (12.9-inch) 256GB version has better performance than iPad Pro (11-inch) 128GB version in terms of MEM. But it does not mean that A12Z is weaker than A12X. The reason that the old version iPad Pro 3 (12.9-inch) ranks the 2nd may be because of the advantages in storage.

As it is described in Apple’s official website, a GPU core has been added for A12Z on the basis of A12X, so it consists of an octa-core CPU and an octa-core GPU (A12X is octa-core CPU + hepta-core GPU). While setting the unreleased factors (clock rate/techniques,etc) aside, theoretically speaking, A12Z should show slight progress in performance compared with A12X. The sub-scores support this point. The 3D scores of iPad Pro 4 series are all higher than that of old version iPad Pro 3 (12.9-inch), with the difference of about 20,000 in scores. If it were not for the advantages in storage, the score of iPad Pro 4 (11-inch) will definitely exceed that of the device of old version.

As a matter of fact, from the benchmark scores, it can be known that the performances of A12Z and A12X do not vary too much. A12Z only shows some progress in GPU. It is slightly upgraded, but we have to admit that A12Z is indeed the most powerful mobile SoC now.

The device ranking the 4th is iPad Pro 3 (11-inch), with the storage of 256GB and the average benchmark score of 709190. In terms of CPU, it is almost the same as the 2nd-ranking device, but it’s less powerful in GPU and MEM. The storage may be a disadvantageous factor, which is understandable. As for its lagging behind in GPU, it can only be attributed to the fact that larger space can bring better heat dissipation effect, which is beneficial for A12X to operate continuously at high clock rate.

The three popular devices of iPhone 11 series released last year follow the tablets in the rankings. They are all equipped with the A13 chip. The rankings are in order: iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11, with the average benchmark scores respectively of 537154, 521010, and 517400.

The sub-scores tell us that A13 and A12X have almost the same CPU performance, while the difference lies only in GPU. Therefore, A13 hasn’t caught up with A12X in terms of overall performance even though a new structure has been adopted. It seems that an Apple device can only be overshadowed by another Apple device.

At last, there are devices equipped with the A12 chip. As per the ranking order, they are: iPad Air 3, iPad mini 5, and iPhone XS Max, with the average benchmark scores of 482611, 463089, and 443337. Before Apple releases any new devices, it won’t be a problem for these devices equipped with the A12 chip to make it into the Top 10 list.

One thing worth mentioning is that iPhone 9, which people talked much about recently, is to be released in April, and there might be iPhone 9 Plus. If the new products are coming, it will definitely bring some changes to the iOS rankings. Let’s look forward to it.