The first set of iPad Air benchmarks have started appearing, and they serve as harbinger of what's to come this Friday, when the new iPad will be made available to the public.
Essentially, Apple has definitely stuck to its promise of the new A7 chip being about twice as fast as its predecessor – Geekbench shows a near 90% improvement over the iPad 4 in its multi-core testing, and about as much in its single-core one. That's mighty impressive, though we should note that the A7 SoC has been tweaked and is running at 1.4GHz, 100MHz higher than the A7 found in the iPhone 5s. John Poole from Primate Labs, the company behind Geekbench, notes that this could be thanks to the larger battery (provides more power), a larger chassis (so more room for heat dissipation), or a combination of the two. He also guesstimates that this higher-clocked chipset won't make it to the new iPad mini.
It's also worth pointing out that the iPad Air provides over 5x the performance of an iPad 2, the outdated tablet that Apple appears intent on continuing to push, though it only costs a $100 less. We usually keep away from judgmental tones, but this really is starting to feel a little bit like a rip-off.