Apple Units - Geekbench Benchmarks

A few people have been asking me for GeekBench stats - so I thought I'd put them all in one place.

Two years ago I ran some benchmark stats on the Apple gear I was using at the time. An iPad Air 2, MacBook 12", 2015 MacBook Pro, and a 2015 iMac. Much of that kit has now been re-purposed so I thought it would be a good time to revisit the GeekBench scores of my current kit for comparison.

Now, they won't be a direct comparison as I've had other kit in between (2016 MacBook Pro for example, a couple of 12" units, and some 13's I think), but it's of reasonable interest to me.

You can see the original figures further down the article.

Just look at the performance of the iPhone processor - how much power is that for a phone! Quite bonkers, it's got more processing power than my 13" 2017 unit.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5"

Apple iPhone 8 PLUS
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2017 Macbook Pro 15" - 2.9Ghz i7
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2017 Macbook Pro 13" Non-Touchbar
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2015 5k iMac
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2017 5k 4.2Ghz i7 iMac

Original Article 26/10/2015

So. Geekbench Processor Stats. I've been asked to run Geekbench benchmarks on a number of different devices recently, so I thought I'd collate and put them in one place. If you click on the images you can download the actual GB file.

First, let's look at the summary.


Single & multi-cure are obvious. MC Increase is the % increase on the previous device.

Win 10 MC is the GeekBench multi-core score from running Windows 10 in Parallels. In all instances the machines have 4Gb and all the cores allocated to the VM.

% loss to virtualisation is the GeekBench loss when running virtualised.

The jump up between the Macbook and the rMBP is fairly significant isn't it! Then the step up to the new i5 Quad Core units is….very minor. Same performance pretty much, bar seeing slightly better virtualisation performance.

Apple iPad Air 2 128Gb/Cellular

Apple Macbook 12" Retina

NOTE: Interesting how close the Macbook and the iPad Air 2 are isn't it?

Apple Macbook 12" Retina Windows 10 in Parallels

Apple Macbook Pro 15" 2015 Quad Core i7

Apple Macbook Pro 15" 2015 Quad Core i7 Windows 10 Parallels

Apple iMac 5K i5 (Late 2015)

Apple iMac 5K i5 (Late 2015) Windows 10 Parallels
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