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  • iPad Mini 4 Benchmarks Show Not as Powerful as iPad Air 2, But Faster Than Predecessors

    At the September 9th special event, Apple didn't talk much about the iPad mini 4 they were too busy showing off the features of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro. Despite not going into depth, they did summarize that the iPad mini 4 was essentially a shrunken down version of the iPad Air 2 with the same tech inside, only with more portability.

    On the other hand, Geekbench benchmarks are showing some different information. For one, the iPad mini 4 doesn't use an A8X chip like the iPad Air 2 does; instead, it uses just a regular A8 chip. With that being said, the iPad Air 2 is still the more powerful device with the additional processing core, meaning it has a faster CPU inside.

    The iPad mini 4 is slower than the iPad Air 2 despite what Apple claimed about it at the Keynote before quickly moving on to the next topic, but it does offer performance gains over previous-generation iPad mini models, as Ars Technica points out in its benchmark graphs below:

    The iPad mini 4 is up to 20% faster than its predecessors in both single core and multi-core operations. So those wanting to upgrade to the iPad mini 4 from a previous-generation iPad mini will see improvements. On the other hand, if you were thinking about buying the iPad mini 4 just because Apple said it was like a shrunken down iPad Air 2 with similar tech packed inside, you should think again; just look at how it compares to the iPad Air 2 on the graph.

    One big improvement with the iPad mini 4 is that it has 2GB of RAM, just like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The iPad mini 4 can take advantage of iOS 9's split-screen multitasking feature, which lets you run two applications side-by-side for productivity reasons, and the additional memory will help it handle all those needs.

    Source: Ars Technica
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad Mini 4 Benchmarks Show Not as Powerful As iPad Air 2, But Faster Than Predecessors started by Anthony Bouchard View original post