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iPad (4th generation) benchmarks high, sells out


October 30, 2012

Is the zippy iPad 4 flying out of Apple's warehouses?

Is the zippy iPad 4 flying out of Apple's warehouses?

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The 4th-generation iPad is a minor upgrade. Likely launched to ramp up holiday sales ahead of a more significant upgrade, the tablet is almost identical to the 3rd-generation iPad. The iPad 4's biggest upgrade is its A6X chip. Though iPad 3 owners may have a hard time justifying an upgrade, early benchmarks show that the new SoC offers a significant performance boost.

A 4th-generation iPad Geekbench result has popped up, likely performed by a journalist with an early review unit. It reveals that the iPad's A6X chip is clocked at 1.4GHz. The A6 in the iPhone 5 has a maximum speed of 1.3GHz, so the iPad's version is running a bit faster.

When Apple revealed the 4th-generation iPad, it claimed that the new tablet would see double the speeds of its 3rd-generation counterpart. Should we be skeptical? According to these early results, Apple may have actually under-promised: the iPad 4 received a Geekbench score of 1757. The iPad 3 typically scores in the mid-700s.

The new iPad's score also beats the iPhone 5, which usually lands in the low-to-mid 1600s. With identical RAM and processor, this can be attributed to the slightly-higher CPU frequency.


Ship times have slipped to one week

Ship times have slipped to one week

Despite the modest upgrade, the 4th-generation iPad appears to be selling well. Apple's initial pre-orders for the tablet are sold out, with ship times pushed back to a week. News of sell-outs can be deceiving, though, as we don't know how many units Apple stocked.

Though the most hard-core (and wealthy) Apple fans will upgrade no matter what, this isn't a necessary purchase for iPad 3 owners. Apart from the speedy A6X chip, the only specs that get boosted are the front-facing camera, Wi-Fi network speeds, and the new Lightning connector. Unless you're a FaceTime fiend or want to maximize a Gigabit Wi-Fi connection, these are far from killer features.

The real question is whether the 4th-generation iPad will stick around for a year, or if it's just here for a few months. We're betting on the latter, with a big update (thinner with an improved display?) possibly coming around March.

Sources: Geekbench, 9to5Mac

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin covers consumer technology for Gizmag. He's previously written for Android Central, Geek, GottaBeMobile, Android Police, and The Huffington Post.
He lives in New Mexico, U.S., with his lovely wife, Jessica.
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