The Geekbench 3 benchmark for the iPad Air has been revealed by Primate Labs’ John Poole, demonstrating some fairly impressive numbers. The device’s 64-bit A7 chip, which is the same physical hardware found in the new Apple iPhone 5s, has been given scores of 1465 and 2643 for the single-core test and the multi-core test, respectively. Claims made at Apple’s press event last week have officially been demonstrated as fact, with the device outperforming its predecessor by about two times on both tests.
Poole expects the chipset in 2nd generation iPad mini to be clocked the same as the iPad Air, running at 1.4 GHz. The speed bumps seen in the iPad Air and soon to be likely duplicated by its little brother are partially due to the device’s larger battery and a larger chassis which provides better cooling. The iPad mini, of course, has the same hardware as the iPad Air besides its screen and physical size. It will be interesting to see how much affect these have on the performance of the A7 processor, if any.