It’s official—well at least according to reported Geekbench scores spotted in the wild! iPhones are now faster than Macs! The latest, and most recently updated, 2016 12” MacBook is slower than the iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhone 7 Plus’s A10 processor scored impressively:
Whereas the fastest listed 2016 Apple 12” MacBook 1.1GHz model scored:
The iPhone 7 Plus even bests the fastest top-of-the-line 2016 MacBook 1.3GHz model in single core performance:
Somewhat less surprising, the iPhone’s A10 processor also bests the iPad Pro’s very fast A9X chip.
Will Apple Move Mac to ARM?
This should ignite speculation about the future of the Mac and whether Apple should start using its A10 chip in Macs. One could imagine a Mac with an A10 processor, not only performing faster than with its current Intel processor, but having a significantly longer battery life as well.
Imagine the iPhone’s power efficient processor hooked up to a giant MacBook battery. You could conceivably have laptops with 24hr battery capacities. Maybe longer.
This would also dramatically lower Apple’s costs, as the company would no longer have to pay Intel for its x86 processors. This is a somewhat historic and interesting watershed moment for the iPhone and the Mac.