As much as I hate to admit it, there are times when Google can be your friend. At least, with friendly search engine results. Google “ipad pro benchmarks” with a Tools time setting of the Past Week and you get a list of reviews and benchmarks on Apple’s most powerful iPad ever.
Benchmarks mean diddly squat. Why not? Most of us use our Macs, PCs, iPads, iPhones, or whatever device we’re invested in these days to get something done and benchmark comparisons just don’t tell the whole story about power and capability.
Usage. How we use each device. In that regard, an iPad is not a Mac. That doesn’t stop lapdogs from lapping at the heels of sensationalist headlines. Mark Spoonauer:
New iPad Pro Benchmarked: This Blows Away Windows PCs
Indeed. Apple says iPad Pro is more powerful than 92-percent of all PC notebooks. Laptop Magazine went on to outline various industry standard Geekbench benchmarks to show how fast iPad Pro was compared to a Samsung tablet, a Microsoft Surface Pro, and the popular Dell XPS 13 with an Intel Core i7 Inside.
The new iPad Pro’s sheer speed is undeniable. In fact, if I were Apple, I would be finding ways to bring this chip over to the Mac.
Does anyone doubt that Apple has a project to do exactly that? Yes, Intel, like its cohort Microsoft, missed entirely the mobile revolution brought about by Apple’s iconic iPhone.
But keep in mind that performance is just one consideration when deciding between the iPad Pro and a more traditional PC.
That’s the caveat. Yes, iPad Pro is faster than fast; faster than most Windows PC notebooks and certainly most Chromebooks, but so what? I don’t get my work done with benchmarks. I get my work done via the keyboard, mouse, and screen real estate on an iMac with a screen four times larger than an iPad Pro.
The secret? Keyboard and mouse. Efficiency and precision. iPad and iOS cannot match that regardless of how fast specific functions work in benchmark tests.
In the real world of getting things done, benchmarks are diddly squat for most of us.