iPad Air Almost Doubles iPad 4 Performance In Benchmarks
The Apple iPad Air is going on sale at the end of this week (November 1st) and its performance was bound to be better than that of the older iPad 4. The benchmarks are in and Apple's iPad Air is 87 per cent faster than the its predecessor the iPad 4.
Performance of the iPad Mini was measured using the 'Geekmark 3 Multi-Core Performance' test, which is a piece of industry-wide software used to measure a mobile device's performance. The iPad Air with its A7 processor scored 2643, while the A6X powered iPad 4 scored just 1408.
Compared to the 2 year-old iPad 2 the iPad Air is more than 5 times as fast. That makes choosing between the only two full-sized iPads that are still manufactured and sold by Apple much easier - especially when you consider there is only a £70 price difference.
The Apple iPad Air and iPhone 5S both come with the same A7 processor. However, the iPad Air's A7 processor has had its clock-speed bumped up 100MHz compared to the iPhone 5S (1400MHz v 1300MHz). That difference is reflected in the benchmark results with the iPhone 5S scoring 82 points less (2560).
So it's official the iPad Air is currently the fastest Apple device in the world.
The new Apple iPad Mini with Retina display could have something to say on the matter. It also has an A7 processor, but currently we don't know whether it'll run at the higher 1400MHz clock-speed. As soon as we get more details you'll be the first to know.
By Simon Thomas on 31st October, 2013