You might not believe Apple's claim that the iPad Pro can replace a PC, but the newest models are bumping up against Apple's own top-specced MacBook Pro in performance benchmark tests.
The CPU and GPU tests were run by Mac-focused benchmarking blog Bare Feats, which pitted the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro against the highest configuration 2017 MacBook Pro 13-inch, with Intel's Kaby Lake 3.5GHz i7 processor, Iris Plus Graphics 650 GPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB flash storage.
On the single-core CPU GeekBench 4 test, the 2017 MacBook Pro scores 4,650, just ahead of the 2016 MacBook Pro. Both outperform the 2017 iPad Pro models, but not drastically. The 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch model score just under 4,000, well ahead of 2015 and 2016 models scores around the 3,000 mark.
The difference between the older iPad Pro models and the newer ones is more pronounced in the multi-core CPU test. The 2017 MacBook Pro leads with a score of 10,261, not far ahead of 2017 iPad Pros, which both score above 9,200, and edge out the 2016 MacBook Pro's score of 8,500.
In the GPU tests the new iPad Pro leads the pack. Both 2017 iPad Pro models come out just ahead of the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros in the metal GPU compute test, with scores nearly double 2015 and 2016 iPad Pro models.
None of these results will convince anyone that a locked-down iPad without mouse support can replace a PC. But it is interesting, as Bare Feats notes, that you can get an iPad Pro with some laptop capabilities and comparable performance at a third of the cost of the best MacBook Pro.