Mac users recognized the future in both the iPhone and iPad, but it’s the Mac that remains to go-to device for heavy lifting and power users. Apple has chosen two different paths for core processors. Intel for the Mac. An in-house customized ARM CPU for the iPhone and iPad.
Will their paths cross? They’re heading that way.
One new iPhone 6s customer was rewarded early for ordering early and ran her new iPhone 6s through some benchmarks, then compared the results with Apple’s latest MacBook. The results should indicate exactly what direction Apple is going.
Using Geekbench 3, the standard benchmark for testing and comparing popular CPUs, Adrienne Alpern’s new iPhone 6s scored 2292 in the single-core CPU test, while scoring 4293 in the multicore CPU test.
The Geekbench tests cover items like memory, floating point, and various graphic benchmarks, which only serve to show what Apple has already told us but it didn’t sink in. Apple’s custom designed CPUs are getting faster; the A9 gap is widening over last year’s A8 and A8X models which were faster than previous years.
How do those benchmarks compare to the new MacBook?
The Mac is faster, but by a hair, scoring 2295 on the 64-bit single core benchmark test (vs. the iPhone 6s at 2292) and scoring 4464 on the multicore test (vs 4293 for the iPhone 6s). There are substantial differences between the iPhone 6s and new MacBook, but in essence, the benchmarks show that this year’s iPhone 6s with an Apple custom designed CPU is about as powerful as this year’s MacBook with an Intel Core M CPU at 1.1GHz).
What does that say about the direction Apple is headed with hardware designs when an iPhone packs the power of one of the industry’s most popular notebooks?
Are OS X and iOS converging?
No. One begat the other. iOS is built upon OS X (Apple said so years ago). What’s converging is hardware power. It’s unlikey that Apple will ditch Intel Inside because only the Mac runs everything– OS X, Windows (and all Windows software), Linux, Unix– and that gives the Mac a distinct advantage in the market. Unless Apple can produce a custom ARM CPU that runs Windows and OS X as well as a Mac with an Intel CPU already does– that’s not likely to occur for years, if ever.
As it stands now, the latest iPhone packs much the same power as the latest Mac, and considering that Apple’s in-house CPU design team began work on Apple CPUs just seven years ago, is quite an accomplishment.
This year iPhone 6s buyers can say they have a Mac in their pocket and the statement rings true.