iPad Air 2 Geek Bench Multi Core

No big shocker at first glance. Of course the iPad Air 2, a device that’s just now landing into the hands of rabid fans, is faster than the year-old device that it’s intended to replace. Yes, the iPad Air 2 is faster, but it’s the way that it’s faster that is truly noteworthy.

The A8X processor that’s nestled deep within the confines of the iPad Air 2’s new slim and trim body is, for the first time in the history of iOS devices, a 1.5Ghz triple-core processor. The iPad Air 2 also features a healthy 2GB of RAM. Coincidentally, the 2GB of RAM is also a first for any iOS device.

Needless to say, the iPad Air 2 is a beast on paper, but it’s no mere paper tiger. This thing screams, and the first benchmarks posted on MacRumors comparing it to previous iOS devices are proving that point.

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In multi-core benchmarks, the iPad Air 2 makes mincemeat out of its closest competition—the just released iPhone 6. It scored a whopping 4477 on the Geekbench 3 multi-core score, or more than 1.6 times the iPhone 6.

Single-core benchmarks, while unsurprisingly less of a separation, still rested handily in the iPad Air 2’s favor, with a 1812 single-core score vs 1609 from the next closest competitor, which was again the iPhone 6.

Apple really has pushed it up a few notches with its iPad Air 2. It began touting “desktop class hardware” with the release of the iPhone 5s, but now Apple’s hardware engineers are really starting to put their money where their mouth is.

We’ll just have to wait until the benchmarks comparing the iPad Air 2 to competing tablets, like the soon-to-be-released Nexus 9, begin to surface. That’ll paint an interesting picture for sure.

Even more interesting is to see why Apple felt the need for so much power? I mean, I understand the inclusion of 2GB of RAM, but a 1.5Ghz triple-core CPU? Are they just future-proofing their hardware, or will we begin to see integrated software (i.e. true side-by-side multitasking) take advantage of the extra power much sooner than later?

Has the revelation that the iPad Air 2 is a beast of a machine changed your opinion of it? Drop your thoughts below.


  • Jamessmooth

    I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to upgrade from the iPad Air, but seeing this makes me a little more willing. Why couldn’t they have just dropped an iPad Pro?!

    • Platy

      You don’t know they won’t. If the triple core processor is actually a ‘gimped’ quad-core processor, we could well be seeing the ipad pro in march with the A8X and quad-core. The tear down will reveal more.

      The thing for me is, this iPad Air 2 seems very fast – too fast. What if they have just put in the same chip as the one that will drive the pro? Kind of like how the iPhone 5s was overpowered by having the same chip as the air.

      At this point, ‘desktop like performance’ is amazing – but it’s completely lacking in software. Time to give the ipad some software updates rather than it still using a limited upscaled mobile phone OS with multi-touch gestures added. 8.2/3 alongside an ipad pro would be a great time to do this.

      • sosarozay300

        if the ipad pro is real it will definitely bring multi tasking

      • JayDee917

        I agree, hardware this powerful is being limited by iOS. Throw OS X on this thing!

      • japplemusik

        And now it all makes sense doesn’t it haha

  • Harold

    My 3 months ipad air feels so outdated now that i want to cry. This looks like the next ios9 will be something interesting with excellent features. Or maybe it will have the feautures the ipad pro is going to have. Ugh!!! I guess ill buy the ipad pro if it eveb exists lol.

    • Platy

      I don’t see the reason yet to have all this ‘power’ and still be so limited on what it can do. Hopefully updates come soon, but if it’s not till ios 9, then may as well wait for the air 3 or pro…

      • Harold

        Yea. That’s exactly what I thought.

      • blu

        I agree. My iPad 2 does everything I need it too. But then I don’t use my iPad for much anyway, no point in spending the $$ on that.

  • CollegiateLad

    Triple core and 2 gigs of memory? I expected a dual core and 1 gig. Am I alone in that?

    • You’re not friend, you’re not.

    • Alex Blaha

      Isn’t that what the iPad Air had?

    • Keith

      I had a feeling about 2gig of ram but never saw triple core coming lol

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  • Cameron

    I didn’t even know you could go triple core, wasn’t it always dual then quad?

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Same lol that’s what I thought

    • Platy

      The tear down will have the answer, but people are saying it will actually be a quad core chip with one ‘turned off’ so to speak.

      Hints to me that they might have a use for a proper quad core a8x if that is true cough ipad pro cough

    • Alex Blaha

      It’s not common, but it’s around. There were triple-core CPU’s for desktop PC’s for a short time before quad-core’s started to come out.

  • Awesome performance.

  • Matt

    Woah – that means the iPhone 6s (or whatever it’ll be called) will be a huge improvement from the 6 in terms of performance and that is when I’m planning on upgrading from my 5s

    • regkilla

      with its 2GB of RAM.

    • jzack

      yep. better wait till 6s. unless you can use apple pay i think it might be worth it. i’ll pass to upgrade unless i can use nfc in my country. lol

    • GuyWithTheThings

      Yep. I prefer “S” model phones because they’re when the previous iteration is improved upon even more. Everything is tweaked to be just right.

    • Tommy

      Then again apple may shortchange us again by retaining an 8mp camera

    • Alex Blaha

      I’m waiting for the 6s for upgrading my 4S.

      • Matt

        Hand in there

      • Alex Blaha

        Haha! I agree! I didn’t want to upgrade this year because Apple had a few speed bumps, but I can see a better future for them now. And I believe everything will be worked out by the time the 6s comes out.

      • Brian Bradley

        I couldn’t wait, my 4S is REAALLLY dragging… I opted for the 6PLUS and will just upgrade in two years as opposed to three if need be.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Nice.. But i still dont need an ipad, my iPhone 6 is enough for all my iOS needs.

  • ClaudieX X

    Triple core and 2 gigs of memory ??? true side-by-side multitasking IS COMINGGG !!!!!

    • Tommy

      Has came.

      • ClaudieX X

        not… but soon !!!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    You said Ipad 2 instead of iPad Air 2 once lol but it’s all good. I can’t wait to get mine!! Thought I’d be using it less since I got the 6 plus, but maybe not

  • Awesome. Can’t wait to hold it in my hands when it arrives sometime today…

  • Maxim∑

    More powerful than the NVIDIA K1 wow!

  • Tommy

    Why is triple core considered “so much power”? What would those droids mean then with their octa cores and shit? Fuckin loads of power?

    • sosarozay300

      no octa core android phones are shit, their quad core counterparts perform better than the octa cores

      • Tommy

        Yes yes we all know that. I’m referring to the hardware tho.

      • sosarozay300

        that is hardware, octa core phones = 1 high power quad core set + 1 low power quad core set and they manage to suck

    • Eric Castro

      it’s called marketing. I believe the reason apple probably never mentioned “triple core” was because of this. people are stupid and fall for marketing labels, so advertising the ipad as triple core would have misled everyone into thinking triple core is less than octacore, when it really doesn’t matter.

    • ClaudieX X

      Because the dual core apple enhanced processors overtook the 4 and 8 core competition… just imagine what another core can do to their counterparts… thats why I said that Samsung and Nvidia must be shocked…

  • Alberto Espinal

    I’m telling you Android guys, tie your shoes cause there’s no turning back, this Apple software and better ram, oh boy there’s no more excuses, we are going to blow you out of this world

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  • Imagebloke b

    I was gojng to buy it anyway but now I will buy two one for,me and the other one for my wife. Samsung has tried 3 gigs of ram and has always been beaten by Apple but hey guys A8X chip with 2gigs of ram ….. Samsung must be desperate now

  • Blip dude

    Holy F***!!! Okay, I won’t upgrade immediately but it will definitely happen right before 2015 and stick with it until it dies!!!

  • Eric Wang

    This obliterates the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805… Despite the Snapdragon 805 having almost twice the clock speed and 4 cores.

  • Warmachine69

    The iPad 4 has a6x I thought it had a6. Maybe i just can’t keep track anymore ^_^.

  • thomas

    yet the iPad mini stays the same

  • George

    The ipad is dead

  • Ariel

    And I’m just sitting here with a 09′ 2.66 ghz iMac that got 3500 on geekbench. Tech is evolving fast! (Yes I know I gotta upgrade…)

  • Aphaits

    And I’m just here on the toilet reading from my iPad 1.

  • NP92

    Why does iPhone 6 have more scores than 6+? I am a Apple lover from my heart… But this makes me, sad.

    • Ricky

      iphone 6+’s1080p screen with 5.5 inch draws more power on the procesor than the 4.7inch iphone 6 screen, thus having a lower score. So relax it’s nobody’s fault but u just need alot more horse power to drive a truck rather than a cheap low powered city car

      • NP92

        Yes i also thinked that but i stil think, bigger and better, but i do understand what you mean..:)

      • Ricky

        typical apple style of doing things, right? They basicly have access to two gigs of ram, triple core faster process, but they didn’t implement it in the 6/6+. The only hing i dislike from apple why are they holding back these kinds of stuffs. On major release

      • NP92

        Yea ur Right, they always going like that, but thats bussines..

  • ClaudieX X

    Wow… it took the NVIDIA K1 to clean the floor… First the 64 bit processor, now this… its like an uppercut and a Haymaker. Samsung and NVIDIA must be shocked…

  • ★LEA – MILEY – DEMI★

    Now I’m unsure if i want to upgrade my iPhone 5 to iPhone 6+ after all… Should I just wait for 6s and upgrade my really old iPad 2 now?

  • Tommmy

    And what’s the point of all this power? There’s no a single app that uses it and there won’t be one in a few years ahead.

    • ClaudieX X

      I thought it too… but a couple of weeks ago, games started to appear only for A7 processors and up… so… they are already jumping to the next level… METAL must have something to do with it…

      • Tommmy

        >only for A7 processors

        Which ones exactly? Maybe you mean games which support A7, then it’s ok. But it is not profitable to release games which work only on A7 — in this case you’d leave a really really big piece of pie.

      • ClaudieX X

        bioshock… Epic Zen Garden…

      • ClaudieX X

        Bioshock… Epic Zen Garden…

  • I’m glad my two year contract ends next year. I’m guessing that the next iPhone will likely have 2 GB of RAM. And maybe Apple might have figured a way to remove those ugly antenna lines because the iPad Air 2 3G model doesn’t have those.

  • Niclas

    If you look closely on that chart you see that it is not the iPad AIR 2’s performance that is suprising.

    It is the iPhone 6/6+ witch are only 14% faster than the iPhone 5s!
    The iPhone 5s is 98% faster than the iPhone 5.

    The AIR 2 is 68% faster than the AIR 1 but the AIR 1 is 90% faster than the iPad 4.

    So the suprise is that the iPhone 6/6+ are weaker than all other releases seen for at least 3 generations back.

  • Xee

    Shocked! But in a good way.

    Now if only Apple had applied this to the iPhone 6/+.

  • Chocolatewe

    Hey! does anyone remember the geekbench score for the iphone 4s? 🙂