We think it’s safe to say that the upcoming iPad 4th generation release will be a beast of a machine. In fact, the 4th generation iPad more than doubles the overall Geekbench benchmark score of the iPad 2. It also more than doubles the score of the incumbent iPad 3.

Whereas many complained about the iPad 3’s relative lack of processing power when compared to the iPad 2 (in some cases, the iPad 2 outperformed the New iPad due to the strain placed on it by the Retina Display), you will not have that problem with the latest iPad iteration.

As Primate Labs points out, some of the first Geekbench scores are beginning to make themselves available online, and it paints a telling picture about the horsepower inside the iPad 4’s inconspicuous casing…

Here are the scores from the last three iPad releases. You may click on each benchmark image for a full readout of the entire benchmark.

iPad 2 benchmark

iPad 3 benchmark

iPad 4 benchmark

While both the iPad 3 and the iPad 4 both pack in a gig a RAM, it’s obvious that the faster A6X chip, which clocks in at a hair under 1.4Ghz, runs circles around its predecessor. According to Apple, it delivers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip, and these benchmarks prove as much.

What do you think? Despite the short period of time between releases, are you glad that Apple went ahead and updated the iPad?

Thanks Sonny

  • Well I’m glad they did but not the time they did it, I was hoping to get at least another 5 months before my iPad was outdated. Oh well my iPad 3 is still making me happy so whatever, I’ll get the iPad 5 instead XP

    • Jeff

      It’s only outdated if you say it’s outdated. If it works for you, then it’s perfectly relevant.

      • skyrainbowz

        O, wise one.

      • I would agree with you only if Apple had kept it in their current line up of products but they completely ignored it so it seems like even they don’t care about it anymore. But hey to me it’s just last years model (even though it literally isn’t)

      • szamal

        Yes but it feels a little bit like they had it (ipad 4) ready in march but they wanted iphone to be the first device with lightning connector and a6 chip presented to the public. Ipad 3 is still cool but i can bet within couple of moths ipad 4 will get some software feature that ipad 3 won’t which is not that cool because it’s still a new device

      • 1337lolzorz

        Exactly! When they start leaving out things in updates for our relatively new devices then we have problems.

      • That’s exactly what I was thinking, with that new powerful processor in the iPad 4, you can bet Apple will add feature to the iPad 4 that they can’t add to the iPad 3 because of “hardware issues” lol

      • Kurt Andersen

        I like the 5.1.1 jailbreak. With Google Maps and all.

      • Exactly my point. I still have my iPad 2 and it’s still supported by apps and accessories. My iPad 1 is still supported just not with iOS updates but everything else.

    • Johnathan Jennings

      My iPad 2 is still making me happy. Love it.

  • I loved the way they presented iPad 4 “We cant even see our competitors in rear view mirror now..”

    • Hyr3m

      Of course they can’t see their competitors in the rear-view mirror… they’re already in front of Apple! Apple is finally acknowledging this simple and old fact…

      • Blake

        Haha! I guess you haven’t seen the monetary value of Apple, or its customer base. 😀

      • Hyr3m

        Trust me, I know about Apple’s douchy hipsters and overvalued stocks.

        My point was that technology-wise and functionality-wise, Apple is way behind almost every of its competitors out there… so far behind it can’t even see them through the windshield or know which direction they all went in.

        To make a comparison with the US elections I’d say most of Apple’s customers are “low information buyers”. You can’t base a long-term business plan by relying on stupid people, it’s bound to fail and it will. Bloated stocks can very easily go back down… I actually can’t wait for that to happen to Apple.

      • Blake

        So would you care to explain how the iPhone OUT PERFORMED the Glaxy s3? I will admit that iOS is stale, but they just fired Forstall and have Ive in there now. We are going to see something great.

      • Hyr3m

        Something great ? I wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were you…
        Quoting a fellow commenter from another post “Jony Ive, according to reports, is against skeuomorphism.” -> this means less intuitive interfaces, it also prolly wont look as good.
        About “performance” : would you rather have a very fast Lada or an average Ferrari ?
        I reiterate: bloated stocks can very easily go back down… “Good; Twice the pride, double the fall”

      • I don’t know if you are stupid or trolling. The sheer performance of iPad 3 is not yet matched by any other tablet, let alone they try to match iPad4. But more than performance, Apple’s main strength is their custom designed apps for tablet rather than simply stretching phone apps.. The quality of apps in iPad are mindblowing. Apple (iPad3) is far in front than his competitors both in quality and performance.

      • Hyr3m

        I was making fun of the quote but it seems most Apple devouts have no sense of humour.
        Also, I meant it as a general comment about Apple, not just about its line of iPads.

        You can’t deny the fact that functionality-wise, all of apple’s iOS devices are aeons behind everyone else…”performance” is way less relevant than functionality when comparing apples and oranges (no pun intended) and it’s not my fault apple decided to make locked, limited and obsolete devices… (which also tend to be widely overpriced).

      • Blake

        “I have a quad core android tablet with 3 gigs of ram but all my apps crash and most of them are scaled up and look funny :(“

      • Hyr3m

        So third party apps are what makes a product great or not ? -> Let’s imagine this scenario : “My after-effects keeps crashing on my Lenovo laptop with Windows7 and doesn’t handle the special shortcut buttons on the keyboard” -> would it make sense to say “Lenovo and Microsoft are shit but Adobe doesn’t have anything to do with this problem” ?
        -> No it wouldn’t.
        Using an invalid argument over and over again doesn’t make it valid. Just like repeating for 10 years that islamic terrorists are at fault for 9/11 isn’t going to remove the responsibility from its actual perpetrators.

  • Was iDownloadblog down awhile ago? Because when I opened idb one hour ago, it said, “server can’t be reached blah blah blah”, even though I refreshed multiple times. Well, glad to have opened idb again!

  • 700+, 700+, psh what to expect next.. SUDDENLY WOAH 1700+???

  • Falk M.

    I think the feeling of having “out dated” hardware is technically always correct, the next better thing is already in the labs whilst you are watching the keynote.

    However, I think the feeling is somewhat accelerated by the fact that Apple likes to cut off the FULL support of “old devices” pretty soon.
    E.g.: iOS 6 vs iPad 1

    It’s just mind boggling to see the iPhone 3GS get iOS 6 (I know why) and not the iPad.
    Or how some Apple apps require rather current devices, often to push them a little of course.

    It’s actually just that what puts the pressure on buying the most current generation.

    I see how Apple is about the hardware and not about the software, so they don’t actually want to favor their old devices for too long, I do see how with Android this is even worse in terms of OS releases, however I must say it’s awkward to get left behind if you do not upgrade within 2 or 3 years.
    Customers tend to lose trust in Apple due to that, which they should fix.

    • Blake

      My iPad 1 actually runs iOS 5 very slowly 🙁

  • I think Apple killed iPad 4!!, who wants iPad 4 when a smaller device can do almost every things!!

    • Coppermine

      Uhmhh,… because not everyone is looking for a smaller device?

    • Emre SUMENGEN

      Well, people who want a Retina Display will want an iPad4 for sure…

      • then wait for the iPad mini Retina next year!!

      • Emre SUMENGEN

        Is that reply for me? What kind of nonsense logic is there behind it?

  • Why only 1 gig of ram?

    • Blake

      Thats all it needs because the OS is so efficient.

      • Thorasgard

        That is all it needs TODAY. Watch it get real pokey with iOS 7 and 8.

  • Poor fellow whose got a ipad2 and thnks it’s a ipad3 as mine gives easily 1040 score.

  • Just bought an iPad 3 for my wife… sheesh… oh well. She doesn’t care about the iPad 4 so I guess I don’t care… I shed a tear as I wrote that…

  • Now thats a power house ipad

  • Benchmark makes me cry even louder …thanks Apple, Ipad 3rd Gen.. Obsolete ..
    Now i cant even sell this “outdated” device bcz 2nd hand value f*cked up

  • CollegiateLad

    Apple’s dual core chips outperform the competitor’s quad core chips.

  • Dan

    The iPad 3 bench pic links to the iPad 2 pic.

    • Jeff

      Fixed. Thank you Dan.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Yes!! This will be the one to get..

  • while the competition are bringing new products to the table apple keeps upgrading their products, better camera, a little bit more speed etc. i think this is a mistake, i think is going to hurt apple in the long run. it’s like having the same tshirt but different colors. i really love my iPhone 4 my apple tv my macbook and my macbook air but i’m really disappointed at IOS specially when i see friends with androids phones, the evolution on those phones are really clear.

    • Blake

      I think that we will se change now that Johny Ive is in charge of iOS. I think we are going to see a major overhaul. Forstall had stale ideas, and I think this is what apple needed to bring that spark back to iOS

  • My iPad 2 gives benchmark score of 1100

  • hellac00l

    Sure it’s nice but jail breaking any iPad will be considered illegal after October 28 🙁 I will be keeping my iPad 3 until a jail break does come out.

  • just got the ipad 3 last week…. it fells like im getting fucked so hard by apple….. ass Holes…

    • You can return it charge free and take an iPad 4, but act fast 😉

    • That’s your fault moron. They didn’t update it just to mess with you.

      Also, you have 30 days to take it back. Do so and shut up about it.

  • Ghassan

    It is good to have the 4th gen, but Apple for the first time they out date a recent product and they didn’t manage how to treat iPad3 customers, they must take care of the customers as much as they take care of the revenue assurance. An exchange plan should have been ready and published to iPad3 owners, otherwise Apple became a risky product to invest in!!

  • Well, I guess I sold my iPad 2 just in time. Can’t wait to play all those awesome graphics games on an iPad 4 like infinity blade or real racing or even dead trigger

  • I am still stymied by the “They released it too soon!” argument. Says who? By what measure was the time frame of this release put up against? Did anyone get a written guarantee that their hardware wouldn’t be replaced in six months? No. They bought an iPad and that was that. They still HAVE that iPad; the very iPad that was well worth the money then. The only thing that has changed is there is another newer one now.

    Would you get pissed if you bought a new car and then a new model is released? Do you think you’re entitled to some sort of discount because you already have one?
    No.. It’s a device. You wanted one. They gave you a price. You paid it. Transaction complete…..

    If you bought an iPad 3, great! Enjoy it. If you’re mad now because it’s already been replaced, then I’d suggest you buy something else because this is how it works and you are owed nothing…. It’s commerce, suck it up babies.

  • Al Fresco

    My iPad 1 and iPad 3 are both running well on 5.1.1 and both are Jailbroken.
    No need to update here!

  • xNYCx

    Is it me or the A6X is the A5X overclocked?