Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
Apple announced the new iPad Air and iPad mini during their October event. The iPad Air is not supposed be released until November 1, but performance benchmarks are already available. This new iPad sports the recently announced A7 processor, also found in the iPhone 5s.
One notable difference is the iPad Air’s version of the A7 runs 100MHZ faster than the A7 used in the iPhone 5s. The iPad Air and mini will use the same processor.
While we know the iPad Air is a little faster than the iPhone 5s, how does it compare with the older iPad 2 or even a Macbook Air? Here is a graph showing the Geekbench scores for a various iPads and MacBooks.
The iPad Air has five times the performance power of the iPad 2, which costs $100 less. The iPad Air has about the same performance as a MacBook Air from mid–2011. While this is about half the performance of a current MacBook Air, Apple’s AX processor line is quickly catching up to Intel’s Core processor performance. At the current pace, will Apple’s A8 processor be equal to Intel’s latest mobile chip?
ARM’s released their Cortex-A50 series processors last fall. This new reference chip should see big gains in both performance and energy savings. The A50 should see double the performance of the A15 processors current being used. It usually takes Apple about two years to incorporate ARM’s latest reference design. Apple’s A8 could include the A50’s energy efficient AArch64 64-bit execution state and big.LITTLE processing technologies. With more power savings, Apple can also afford to boost performance.
It is very possible that the AX processor line will start competing head on with Intel’s Core processor next year with the announcement of the A8.
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