A12 Bionic in New iPad Paired With 3GB RAM, Clocks in at Same Speed as Latest iPhones

Apple's new fifth-generation iPad mini and resurrected iPad Air were announced this morning, and both of the new tablets are equipped with Apple's latest A12 Bionic processors, initially introduced in the 2018 iPhones.

The first Geekbench benchmark of one of the new iPad models (11,2) surfaced shortly after Apple's announcement, confirming a 2.49GHz clock speed, identical to the iPhone's clock speed. The benchmarked ‌iPad‌ also features 3GB RAM, 1GB less than the iPad Pro and 1GB more than the 9.7-inch ‌iPad‌. 3GB RAM is also the amount of RAM in the iPhone XR, while the XS and XS Max feature 4GB.

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At this point in time, we don't know if ‌iPad‌ 11,2 is an ‌iPad mini‌ 5 or a 10.5-inch ‌iPad Air‌, but given the similarity in specs between the two tablets, we suspect that both models are using the same clock speed and RAM.

The ‌iPad‌ 11,2 earned a single-core Geekbench score of 4806 and a multi-core score of 11607, which, unsurprisingly, is right on par with ‌iPhone‌ Geekbench results, though a bit faster, perhaps due to improvements in iOS 12.2.

While the ‌iPad Air‌ and the ‌iPad mini‌ 5 appear to feature similar specs and may include the same amount of RAM, we'll need to wait for further Geekbench scores to confirm. We'll update this post when more information is available.

The new ‌iPad Air‌ and the ‌iPad mini‌ 5 are both available for purchase from Apple today and will arrive to customers at the end of March. The iPad Air, which features a 10.5-inch Retina display, Touch ID, a headphone jack, and Apple Pencil support, is priced starting at $499 for 64GB storage.

The fifth-generation iPad mini with a 7.9-inch Retina display, ‌Apple Pencil‌ support, ‌Touch ID‌, 8-megapixel rear camera, and a headphone jack is priced starting at $399 for 64GB storage.

Related Roundups: iPad mini 5, iPad Air

Top Rated Comments

Enclavean Avatar
26 months ago
Seems fair, and if it isnt, find me a better tablet for 499
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mozumder Avatar
26 months ago
Instagram really needs an iPad version.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
realtuner Avatar
26 months ago
3GB is fine. iOS isn’t a memory pig like Android so the inevitable comparisons about how much RAM they have are moot.

Edited: Although they are clocked the same, the A12 in the iPad likely has a better thermal solution than an iPhone and would have better sustained performance.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
realtuner Avatar
26 months ago
If it's the same A12 + (pseudo) 3 GB DRAM setup as in the XR, then it's NOT a true 3 GB DRAM device !

Specifically, the XR does NOT act like a true 3 GB DRAM device ! ... that has been proven !

However, many won't notice the issue since neither the new 10.5" Air or 7.9" mini include a 12 Mpx image sensor ... specifically here, for those who don't know, a sufficient amount of DRAM is required when capturing Full-Res 12 Mpx photos ... this is where most will notice the Diff between 2 GB vs 3 GB vs 4 GB.

Both of the new iPads include the same set of cameras, 8 Mpx on the Back, & 7 Mpx on the Front ... so, 3 GB is ok with both.

I believe AAPL learned from their XR mistake.

The XR would have been fine with 4 GB of DRAM, but is a Dog / Performance Lemon with it's current (pseudo) 3 GB DRAM setup.

Few in the General Public know this.
What did I just read? What do you mean it doesn’t “act like a 3GB device”? That makes no sense at all.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smartbot Avatar
26 months ago
I would still go with a 10.5 iPad Pro (you can probably find one for a similar price to the new iPad Air). More RAM (4GB vs 3GB), Quad Speakers, 120Hz screen, etc.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rui no onna Avatar
26 months ago
Why is everyone so obsessed with ram on this forum? Even Apple doesn’t advertise it
Because it affects someone's personal usage (e.g. multi-tasking, multi-tab Safari, etc)?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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