Anandtech just released their iphone XS review and with it some SPEC2006 testing, the results show just how well the Apple chip performs and that the single-thread performance is up there with the fastest dekstop CPUs.
What is quite astonishing, is just how close Apple’s A11 and A12 are to current desktop CPUs. I haven’t had the opportunity to run things in a more comparable manner, but taking our server editor, Johan De Gelas’ recent figures from earlier this summer, we see that the A12 outperforms a Skylake CPU. Of course there’s compiler considerations and various frequency concerns to take into account, but still we’re now talking about very small margins until Apple’s mobile SoCs outperform the fastest desktop CPUs in terms of ST performance. It will be interesting to get more accurate figures on this topic later on in the coming months.
Apple is making some mighty impressive CPUs and I’m wondering if we’ll see those long rumored ARM macbooks soon.