If you’ve been following Cupertino as closely as (if not more than) Mountainview this past week, you know there’s a bunch of new hardware to talk about. In some case, new iPads are already being delivered (I’m looking at you, Australia). When delving into the benchmarks we’re getting some juicy details about the supercharged new internals. We knew we were getting an upgrade and both leaks and the official launch revealed newer processors. There’s quite a bit more, but one has to ask why it’s being packed in there?
Geekbench results for the iMac with Retina 5K Display have hit the web and show that when it comes to 64-bit processing, the 4.0 GHz model of the new all-in-one comes out ahead of the lowest-end (3.7 GHz) Mac Pro. But that snazzy 5K display is the motive here. The extra power is dedicated to keeping things running smoothly on-screen.
Meanwhile, on the mobile side, new benchmarks for the iPad Air 2 have revealed some very interesting data regarding the new A8X system-on-a-chip. According to Geekbench, the new tablet actually feature a triple-core processor (versus dual-core chips in A8 chip inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) and a hefty 2 GB of RAM. Happily, this makes the iPad twice as fast as its predecessor. In the case of the iPad, there’s also now 2GB of RAM so at least we know we’ll be able to get more out of the tablets. Another thing the benchmarks have shown us is that the Air 2 has nothing on a Surface Pro 3.
Someone might want to send a letter to Apple asking for an explanation of the iPad Mini 3. Putting a fingerprint reader on the home button isn’t exactly taking the device forward a year.