The iPad Air 2, announced by Apple last week, features a new triple-core A8X CPU and 2GB of RAM and, thanks to benchmarks posted today by Geekbench creator Primate Labs, we now know just how much more performance users can expect from these improved hardware specifications. The answer? A whole heck of a lot.
Preliminary Geekbench 3 benchmarks of the iPad Air 2 reveal single-core performance of 1812 and multi-core performance of 4477. That’s about 68 percent faster than the first generation iPad Air, and 55 percent faster than the iPhone 6 when it comes to multi-core performance.
Single core improvements are unsurprisingly less dramatic, but the iPad Air 2 is still safely the fastest iOS device yet released, with a score about 13 percent higher than the iPhone 6 and 23 percent higher than the first generation iPad Air.
These improvements stand in stark contrast to the disappointing iPad mini 3, which continues to use last year’s A7 CPU, and only offers Touch ID and the new Gold color option in comparison to its predecessor.
The iPad Air 2 can be ordered now from Apple’s Online Store and the company’s retail partners. Early orders are set for delivery to customers this week.