Retina iPad Mini Has 1.3 GHz A7 Processor With 5X the Performance of the Original Mini

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's new Retina iPad mini includes the same 64-bit A7 chip used in the iPad Air and the iPhone 5s, which offers significantly better performance than the A5 chip found in the original iPad mini.

    According to new Geekbench 3 benchmarks, the Retina iPad mini is running at 1.3Ghz, much like the iPhone 5s. The iPad Air, however, clocks in at 1.4Ghz, giving it a slight performance edge over both the iPhone 5s and the new mini.

    The Retina iPad mini scored a 1390 on the single-core test and a 2512 on the multi-core test, which was similar to the iPhone 5s score of 1399/2523, and lower than the iPad Air at 1466/2856. Compared to the 261/493 score of the original mini, the Retina iPad mini marks an incredible boost in performance speeds.

    It is unclear why the mini is clocked at 1.3Ghz instead of 1.4Ghz like the iPad Air, but in terms of real world usage, users are unlikely to notice the small speed differences. It is possible that Apple chose the lower clock speed in the iPad mini to improve overall battery life or to reduce heat within the smaller chassis.

    Apple's Retina iPad mini went on sale last night at midnight and is currently still available from the Apple Online Store and in Apple retail locations via Personal Pickup.

    Article Link: Retina iPad Mini Has 1.3 GHz A7 Processor With 5X the Performance of the Original Mini
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
  3. macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
  4. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England

    I want to see what gpu performance is like next, iPhone 5S or iPad Air? Or in the middle..
  5. macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2013
    Ordered one this morning at 8:30am EST. Very happy that Apple released it quietly, gives the nerds a one up! Should make for an amazing xmas present this year :)
  6. macrumors regular

    May 25, 2012
    "5X Better Performance Than Original Mini"

    Well yeah, the original Mini was nerf'd spec wise.

    (Note for all the idiots: I am not saying the iPad Mini was a piece of crap, merely that the specs were pretty paltry at release time.)
  7. macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2011
    1GB (975 MB) according to the full benchmark. I was thinking it'd only have 512 MB to help differentiate it from the Air. Glad to see I was wrong.
  8. macrumors 68040

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Got an Air already ummm
    In the end, for me, I think the Air's screen size suits my need more…

    I think the mini is great for the girls though!
  10. macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2008
    On Apple website it said 4X faster that the original mini, so that good news
  11. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
  12. macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    Ah, didn't click on that link. Thanks!

    I will most likely get it then. The lack of RAM in the previous model made it almost unusable (for me).
  13. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    It'd be absolutely useless with 512MB RAM. After all, the Retina screen means for example Safari needs tons of more RAM to render the same webpage. This is why for example none of the 1GB RAM Retina iPads (3/4/Air/Mini2) can keep more webpages open than the non-Retina, 512MB models, assuming the same iOS version and the same Web pages.
  14. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    That's pretty bad news, particularly if there's also thermal throttling as in the 5s, vastly reducing the performance after 1-2 minutes of full-speed operation.


    Frankly, secretly I hoped for the same CPU speed as with the Air. After all, Jim Cook (or the Apple Store homepage?) did state it has exactly the same internals as the Air. While the difference isn't as big as between the 4 and the Mini 1, it's still significant if you, for example, use software decoding for, say, MPEG-2 1080i60 video.

    Now, I may still be going for the Air and just keep the Nexus 7 2013 as my truly pocketable tablet.
  15. macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    It's so interesting nowadays that tablets are benchmarked compared to the old days of the PC.

    The smart phones and tablets have become so indispensable because they are convenient and powerful enough for everyday use, while keeping everyone socially connected.

    Our kids will laugh at us one day because we had to use the mouse and keyboard for so long.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2013
  17. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Isn't the smaller screen size differentiation?
  18. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    If that happened it would be the worst iPad ever. Retina graphics assets + apps built for the 64-bit chip would mean RAM would be eaten up way too fast. It would probably be worse than the original mini...
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    Nice try to justify what you just bought while you realize you bought the wrong product. ;)
  20. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    How would it differentiate the products?
    Apple does't advertise the amount of RAM in iOS devices.
  21. macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2011
    I meant in terms of what you’re getting for the price. It’s essentially an iPad Air with a higher pixel density screen. Obviously this isn’t going to make a difference in real life use (unless you have way above average eyesight). I thought they’d have some other differentiator in terms of specs to warrant people spending the extra 100 on the Air.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    The retina iPad mini will be a fantastic Christmas present! I want one, black, 32GB, WiFi
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    So basically compariing apples to apples it benches better than my original 2.5 ghz G5 tower did.
  24. macrumors 68040

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    Walked into Best Buy to pick up a movie and asked a sales guy in passing if he knew when they would be receiving the Retina Minis, totally not expecting them to have them.

    Walked out as the first customer to get one from that store. 128GB silver is currently syncing. :)
  25. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007

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