When Apple announces a new iPhone or iPad, sometimes it’ll tout features that are included with the new device, like an updated processor or camera. However, the Cupertino firm doesn’t typically get into hardcore spec details like other manufacturers sometimes do. That leaves users to benchmark the new iOS hardware to find out exactly what’s powering it, and today that’s what’s happened with the iPad Air 2.
A Geekbench benchmark test has been discovered for the iPad5,4, aka the iPad Air 2, and it suggests that the new tablet packs a 1.5GHz triple-core processor and 2GB of RAM. These features have results in single-core benchmark scores that are around 13 percent higher than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and around 55 percent higher in multi-core benchmarks.
It’s no surprise that the iPad Air 2 is more powerful than the new iPhones, as the former is packing an A8X processor while the latter have an A8 processor. Still, these benchmark results are interesting because Apple hasn’t offered detailed spec info for the iPad Air 2 yet, only saying that it’s got an upgraded A8X processor. These results suggest that the iPad Air 2 is also a significant upgrade over the original iPad Air, which was powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
These benchmark results aren’t official, but the founder of Primate Labs, owner of the Geekbench test, suggests that they are indeed the real deal. If they are, they could help to give iPad Air 2 sales a boost as people realize that the Air 2 is more of an upgrade an previously thought.