First Taste of Apple on Arm: macOS Benchmarks Arrive, Sans x86

Rosetta 2 Benchmarks Surface From Mac Mini With A12Z Chip

Apple has a reputation for coming late to the party, learning all the lessons from the failure of others, and then getting it right the first time, and it seems this will once again happen with the transition to ARM processors, something Microsoft has been attempting since the first Windows RT laptops in 2012.

According to multiple Geekbench scores, the Apple Developer Transition Kit-a Mac Mini-like device with an Apple A12Z system-on-a-chip (SoC), 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of SSD storage-delivers an average single-core score of 811 and an average multi-core score of 2871. And now the first details surrounding the new Apple Silicon chips' performance have surfaced by way of leaked benchmarking scores, giving us an idea of what to expect from future Apple hardware. These kits were released under the condition that developers sign confidentiality agreements that would prevent recipients from disclosing details about their performance - but that didn't stop benchmarks from hitting the Internet.


The scores range from the mid 700's to the mid-800's on single-core and multi-core scores between 2582 and 2962. Comparatively, the DTK's multi-core scores look pretty solid, considering it's using Rosetta 2.

Multiple Geekbench results have indicated that the Developer Transition Kit features average single-core and multi-core scores of 811 and 2,871, respectively. The company also offered a custom made Mac Mini with A12Z chip for developers to test their apps on an Arm-based Mac. Keep in mind that Geekbench is running through Apple's translation layer Rosetta 2, so an impact on performance is to be expected. As such, they're powered by A12Z chips.

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