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iPad Air rates under twice as fast as last-gen iPad in benchmarks

updated 10:16 am EDT, Wed October 30, 2013

Air version of A7 chip clocked 100MHz faster than iPhone 5s

The iPad Air isn't twice as fast as the fourth-generation iPad, as Apple claims, but it is over 80 percent faster, according to early Geekbench 3 benchmarks. In terms of single-core performance, the Air scores 1,465 versus the fourth-gen's 771. When allowed to run multi-core, the two tablets get scores of 2,643 and 1,408, respectively.

Of special interest is that the Air's version of the Apple A7 processor appears to be clocked 100MHz faster than the one in the iPhone 5s. That may be possible due to the greater space in the Air, allowing for better cooling, and a bigger battery, making power consumption less of a problem.

Both the Air and the fourth-gen iPad are dramatically faster than the iPad 2 and the non-Retina iPad mini, which are still on sale. The Mini gets a Geekbench multi-core rating of just 496, and the iPad 2 is rated at 494; the two each use an A5 processor. The Retina iPad mini will make the jump to an A7 chip, presumably giving it scores equivalent to the Air.

by MacNN Staff





  1. prl99

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 03-24-09

    Picky, picky

    80% vs 100%, no big deal especially when someone picks their own benchmarks. To me it's close enough to twice as fast, which is a big deal.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Apple's claim is correct when talking about single-core as seen in the scores above, and I should think that with graphics improvements and those scores thrown into the mix (as they weren't here), plus the ongoing and evolving advantage as more developers roll out 64-bit apps, that Apple's claim of "twice as fast" will be seen to be true for normal usage as well ... at least over time.

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