First iPad Air benchmarks show a massive improvement over the iPad 4
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It's also worth pointing out that the iPad Air provides over 5x the performance of an iPad 2, the outdated tablet that Apple appears intent on continuing to push, though it only costs a $100 less.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.
1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
It's currently the best tablet out there, price not taken into consideration (yep, that makes the N7/2013 The Man I mean The Machine).
Seriously, at just one pound, industry leading performance and more battery life while 35% less weight than the iPad 4, it's a job superbly done, and I'm a Nexus user giving credit where it's due. I just wish the Retina Mini wasn't $400 but $330. $500 is a little too much for a non-cellular tablet for me with no expandable storage.
4. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Yeah the hardware is great but they seem to have taken a page out of Microsoft's book and stuffed up the OS. The iPad mini should sell a lot better than this though.
7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Sorry, what do you mean by stuffed up the OS?
14. cc3493 (Posts: 142; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
People keep on complaining about the loss of the start menu. What they dont realise is that it is still there. It just looks different. In any sense its better. You get your information right here right now.But they all end up just following the crowd and have no substance to their arguement. Furthermore i think they forget the security/safety that is inherent with win8 as well as the optimisation of the OS.
18. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
The old start menu was a pop up (your main program windows were visible) and felt like a utility which was multi-tasking friendly.
The new one feels blatantly forced in front you. They obviously wanted to make it look like WP8 OS and Windows RT, throwing any valid reason or common sense out the window (or windows).
11. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
If you don't mind waiting a few months and buying a refurbished device, the refurbished iPad Mini with retina display might be $40 to $50 off list price.
2. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Wow! Now thats impressive, one of the if not the best tablet out there right now!
8. vincelongman (Posts: 947; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Agreed, performance of 1 A7 core = 2 A6X cores
Also fastest single core performance and most efficient
3. D.Aceveda (Posts: 358; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Wait....a successor device being BETTER than its predecessors?!?!
OH MY GOD! Stop what you are doing! Share this article!! Everyone around the internet must know about this mind blowing news!!!!
15. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
guess what, he can't complain about less ram, quad core etc anymore, the benchmarks prove it all...
17. TylerGrunter (Posts: 864; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
That's not 100% accurate, the 1 GB RAM in the iPad Air with the new 64bit processor can be an issue leading to more software crashes due to lack of memory.
Even Anand admitted that.
9. h3nryvn (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
the Geekbench for IPAD air in multicore is little bit slower than the best android tablet out there which is galaxy note 10.1 2014 but in single core is much faster than galaxy note 10.1 2014. since galaxy note 10.1 2014 much more use single core rather than its quadcore, i would say IPAD AIR relly beat galaxy note 10.1 2014 in terms hardware.
For software, depend on people. there always have pro and kontra
10. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
All the processing power goes in vain with the iOS. It's like fitting a 12L detroit diesel engine into a mini cooper.
12. brrunopt (Posts: 396; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
Engadget has very different value for the 4:
iPad Air - 2,682
iPad 4 - 1,763
16. TylerGrunter (Posts: 864; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Engadget is wrong then, look at the results for yourself:
/geekbench3/search?utf8=%E2%9C %93&q=+%09iPad+%284th+Generati on%29
19. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Another key benchmark via Anand is the battery charging time. Air takes 4 hours versus the iPad 4 at 5.5 and the iPad 3 at 6. Granted ... there is no battery charging magic here ... the battery on the iPad Air is just simply smaller. The last 30 minutes of the 4 hours the charging scales down pretty quick too as it is just topping off at that point. Assuming general 10 hours of usage, an hour charge gets you 25% or 2.5 hours worth of use.
This will definitely help for those at airports who are trying to get a quick charge in before their flight ... a quick 30 minute charge can now get you 1.25 hours of use. Anand stated the Air can get 13 hours of video playback usage. Hence a 30 minute charge That can be most of a movie if not at least a good chunk of your flight.
20. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Ahh ... the time limit got me in the middle of my comment.
The last sentence should read:
... Hence a 30 minute charge can get you 1 hour 40 minutes of video playback which can be most of a movie if not at least a good chunk of your flight.