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iPad Air Graphics Performance 40-70% Better Than iPad 4

The iPad Air's graphics performance was 40 to 70 percent better than its predecessor in benchmarks conducted by AnandTech in an extensive review of the new tablet. Like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air incorporates an A7 chip with IMG's PowerVR G6430 graphics processing unit (GPU), which is estimated to have a max GPU clock of 450 Mhz.

In T-Rex HD game simulation benchmarks, the iPad Air performed up to 75 percent better than the fourth-generation iPad and up to 36 percent better in the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. GPU gains over the iPad 4 were as high as 60 percent in 3DMark's GPU-specific benchmark suite.

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While the iPad Air outperformed the iPad 4 in the majority of tests, there was a decline in triangle rate performance in the new model, though AnandTech has yet to see any real world impact from this change.

Along with significant improvements in GPU performance, the iPad Air has also shown huge gains in processing power. In Geekbench 3 benchmarks published today, the iPad Air was found to be twice as fast as the iPad 4.

AnandTech has a full review of the iPad Air that includes an array of benchmarks comparing the GPU performance of the iPad Air, the fourth-generation iPad, the iPhone 5s, the iPad mini, and several competing Android tablets. It's well worth a read to see the full scope of the iPad Air's performance improvements over both its predecessor and other tablets on the market.

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11 months ago

Without Touch ID, there's no chance I'd upgrade even given the somewhat sluggish performance of iOS 7 on my third-gen iPad.

If this year's iPad had all the specs it has now plus Touch ID, I'd be thinking long and hard about it.


So instead of wanting it for its screen, light weight, fast speed, and thin profile in order to view the web and consume content...you want it so you can keep scanning your finger? Why punish yourself for an entire year just to get Touch ID?
Rating: 37 Votes
11 months ago

It's all meaningless when the game library on iOS is full of "tap here to win" games.


Well if your going to only play the free games what do you expect.

There are a TON of quality games out there if your willing to pay.
Rating: 18 Votes
11 months ago

It's all meaningless when the game library on iOS is full of "tap here to win" games.


Maybe you would prefer a Surface like experience.. That way you could play whatever games you'd like.

First comes the spec bump, then developers follow. There was no tablet app store before the original iPad came out.
Rating: 13 Votes
11 months ago
It's all meaningless when the game library on iOS is full of "tap here to win" games.
Rating: 12 Votes
11 months ago
So every paragraph of the anandtech review gets its own headline here?
Rating: 12 Votes
11 months ago
If only they had given it 2GB of RAM. It would be fast for a few years.
Rating: 12 Votes
11 months ago
iPad Mini with Retina vs. iPad Mini 1 = 58723482395% better.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago
And that's saying a lot, because the iPad 4 was a beast.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago

If only they had given it 2GB of RAM. It would be fast for a few years.


Agreed. Sigh... What would have been the cost difference? Like... $2 to put in 1GB more?
Rating: 7 Votes
11 months ago

Agreed. Sigh... What would have been the cost difference? Like... $2 to put in 1GB more?


RAM is not like a processor that can be ramped up or down. It has to stay powered.

Thus, more RAM means worse battery life.

So what does adding more gain you? On a Mac where you run many programs at once, it does a lot! Putting a lot of RAM in your Macbook is a great idea, even if the battery takes a hit. But in an iPad where you only see one app at a time? Well, you get a longer memory footprint for past apps...things further back in time can still load quickly. But you don't get the ability to run more apps at once the way you would on a Mac.

If you're flying through tons of iPad apps, that might matter. If you're constnatnly flipping back and forth between two, though, you may never see the benefit of that extra RAM.

So what you're asking for is a thing that will only benefit some of the people some of the time in certain situations but will definitely kill battery life for everyone all of the time.

Not an attractive idea when you say it like that.

iOS device RAM is not going to grow as quickly or as high as Mac RAM will. The benefits of more RAM quickly taper off when it comes to iOS.
Rating: 6 Votes

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