Friday, Sep 17, 2021, 11:22 iOS: Hardware

Benchmark: iPad mini (A15) vs. iPhone 13 Pro (A15)

For many observers, the iPad mini was the most remarkable new launch at Apple's "California streaming" event. This is hardly surprising, since the Californian company not only revised the design and adapted it to the appearance of the iPad Pro. The technology of the new compact tablet from Cupertino also represents a big leap compared to the previous generation released in 2019. This is especially true for the processor.

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iPad mini 6 and iPhone 13 work with an A15 Bionic.
Indeed, the iPad mini of 2021 works with an A15 Bionic, whereas the 2019 version has an A12 Bionic installed. In this respect, the new compact tablet is on par with the four variants of the iPhone 13, which of course also have the latest generation of Apple's in-house processors. However, there is one difference: First benchmarks show that the CPU in the iPad mini is not clocked quite as high as in the new smartphones from Cupertino. While the A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 works with a maximum frequency of 3.2 gigahertz, it only reaches 2.9 gigahertz in the iPad mini. This is shown by a now published Score, which was determined with Geekbench 5.



Reduced CPU clock in the new compact tablet.
The slightly reduced processor clock naturally makes itself felt in the operating speed. The iPad mini 6 achieves a single-core score of 1,596 points in Geekbench 5. The iPhone 13 Pro achieves a score of 1,730 in this measurement, which is a good eight percent faster in the benchmark. The difference in multi-core performance is not quite as big. While Apple's new compact tablet scores 4,558 points in this discipline, the score of the upcoming smartphone flagship from Cupertino is 4,660, which is just over two percent higher. Of course, the results of all devices have to be evaluated with a grain of salt since neither the iPhone 13 nor the iPad mini 6 are on the market yet. However, Geekbench founder John Poole considers them authentic according to MacRumors, especially because of the information about the clock frequencies.

Performance differences hardly relevant in everyday use.
It is not known why Apple sets the clock frequency of the A15 Bionic slightly lower in the iPad mini 6 than in the iPhone 13. However, the performance differences between the tablet and the smartphone determined by Geekbench 5 should hardly be noticeable in everyday use. However, users switching from a fifth-generation iPad mini will benefit from a significant performance boost. The single-core score of the new compact tablet from Cupertino is about 40 percent higher than that of the predecessor, and it is even 70 percent higher in the multi-core benchmark.

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