First iPad Air benchmarks show a massive improvement over the iPad 4

First iPad Air benchmarks show a massive improvement over the iPad 4

The first set of iPad Airbenchmarks have started appearing, and they serve as harbinger ofwhat's to come this Friday, when the new iPad will be made availableto the public.

Essentially, Apple has definitelystuck to its promise of the new A7 chip being about twice as fast asits predecessor – Geekbench shows a near 90% improvement over theiPad 4 in its multi-core testing, and about as much in itssingle-core one. That's mighty impressive, though we should note thatthe A7 SoC has been tweaked and is running at 1.4GHz, 100MHz higherthan the A7 found in the iPhone 5s. John Poole from Primate Labs, the company behind Geekbench, notes that this could be thanks tothe larger battery (provides more power), a larger chassis (so moreroom for heat dissipation), or a combination of the two. He alsoguesstimates that this higher-clocked chipset won't make it to thenew iPad mini.

It's also worth pointing out thatthe iPad Air provides over 5x the performance of an iPad 2, theoutdated tablet that Apple appears intent on continuing to push,though it only costs a $100 less. We usually keep away fromjudgmental tones, butthis really is starting to feel a little bit like a rip-off.

source: Primate Labs via Apple Insider

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iPad Air
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh
iPad 2
  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 6944 mAh



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: Sep 14, 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: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Sorry, what do you mean by stuffed up the OS?

14. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Wow! Now thats impressive, one of the if not the best tablet out there right now!

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, performance of 1 A7 core = 2 A6X cores Also fastest single core performance and most efficient

3. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 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!!!!

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Go ahead and tell them, Champ!

13. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Ah,Samsung fans :O

15. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

guess what, he can't complain about less ram, quad core etc anymore, the benchmarks prove it all...

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

6. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013


9. h3nryvn

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Engadget has very different value for the 4: iPad Air - 2,682 iPad 4 - 1,763

16. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

19. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

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