Benchmarks of Mac Mini DTK Kit with A12Z ‘Apple Silicon’ Surface

A week ago, Apple spelled out its plans to move to its own ARM-powered chips for future Macs.

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. Keep in mind that Geekbench is running through Apple's translation layer Rosetta 2, so an impact on performance is to be expected. It also ships with betas for macOS Big Sur, the first version of the OS to support ARM-based hardware, and other professional apps, like XCode. The new Developer Transition Kit has reportedly scored a single-core score of 3879 on Geekbench and a multi-core score of 11384, which beats out the 27-inch Intel-based iMac from late 2012. For instance, Apple used Intel Pentium CPU's in DTK in 2009, however, they switched to much faster Intel Core i CPU's in the final product.

It can also be noticed that Rosetta 2 seems to be using only the four performance cores in the A12Z and not the four efficiency cores. As far as clock speed is concerned, the A12Z is clocked at 2.4GHz.

Microsoft Store locations will never re-open again
Microsoft will be investing more into its digital storefronts on Microsoft .com as well as the Xbox and Windows 10 stores. The first Microsoft Store opened in 2009 and was somewhat of a clone of the successful Apple retail store model .

As noted earlier, Apple's Developer Transition Kit runs the 2018 A12Z chip - when Apple does finally release a Mac Pro this year running Apple Silicon it will be on an optimised 5nm A14 chip, which, as has been the case for years, should run rings around the best Qualcomm has to offer.

By comparison, iPad Pro models with the A12Z chip have average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,118 and 4,625 respectively.

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