Wednesday, Mar 16, 2022, 23:23 iOS: Hardware

iPad Air 5 M1 – The First Benchmark Results

Apple surprised us all with the fifth generation of the iPad Air that it released at the Peek Performance event. The new tablet doesn't carry the same A-chip as its predecessor, in fact, the device is now equipped with the same M1 as the iPad Pro. Thus, on paper, the devices should technically be more or less as fast as one another – just like the 11" iPad Pro when compared to the larger 12.9" iPad Pro, both of which carry the same Apple Silicon chip as the first M1 Macs introduced back near the end of 2020. Apple, however, does not provide any information pertaining to the clock rate of its chips. That means there's always the possibility that the chip used in one model may not have the same clock rate as the chip used in another model without telling us – leaving it to the benchmarks to find the true answer.

Apple Hasn't Slowed Down The iPad Air
A row of benchmark results posted to Geekbench reveal that Apple hasn't taken any liberties with the speed of the iPad Air to create a difference between its performance and that of the iPad Pro. The iPad Air 5 possesses an M1 with 3.2 GHz just like the 11" iPad Pro and 12.9" iPad Pro. In the tests, this turns out with all devices running at a more or less identical speed across the board. In the GeekBench 5 single-core benchmarks, the iPad Air 5 achieves a score of around 1,700 points – putting its performance on eye level with the Pro variants. This makes the newest generation of the iPad Air 70% faster than its predecessor with the A14 Bionic.



Equivalent Performance To The iPad Pro In GeekBench 5
Even in terms of its multi-core score, the new iPad Air (known at Apple as the iPad "13.7") manages to attain similar values to both Pro models – around 7,000 points on average. Countless benchmarks have already been run on iPadOS 15.4 – the same OS that the iPad Air will ship with starting March 18th. Even though the device hasn't been released yet, it's not uncommon for benchmark results for new Apple hardware to pop up before the actual physical device is available – several journalists and YouTubers have already been provided with access to the device in order to stir up sales before release and ensure the readiness of reviews upon the beginning of shipping.

LiDAR & Face ID Remain Exclusive To iPad Pro
Those not in need of features such as LiDAR or Face ID – which are still exclusive to the Pro variants, and who don't need any massive upgraded storage space should get along well with the iPad Air 5. The display size is only slightly smaller than that of the standard iPad, 10.9" in comparison to 11", and the difference of 2.54" in the display's diagonal is barely noticeable even when the two devices are placed side-by-side. Just like its more costly Pro counterparts, the iPad Air also supports the Apple Pencil 2, however, the basic version only has a 64 GB SSD – although a 256 GB variant is also available. The iPad Pro comes with a standard 128 GB SSD and a max configurable space of up to 2 TB.

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