A9 is substantially faster

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  1. rkuo macrumors 6502a

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    oK, from the front page we can see the A9 is scoring around 2400 on geek bench, vs 1720'ish for the A8 in the iPad mini 4 and 1350 or so in the iPad mini 2 and 3.

    In other words, the A8 was a pretty sad jump in performance, but the A9 is a bit of return to form. Sadly the mini 4 is using last year's technology in the A8 and so we're seeing the benefits of more RAM in multitasking, but single apps aren't really going to go much faster on the iPad mini 4. Makes the case for upgrading from the mini 2 a lot harder unless you are really going to use split view a lot. I'm even more tempted to wait for a A9 refresh of the mini now ...
     
  2. Shirtin macrumors member

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    The limiting factor will still be the 2gb of ram especially switching back and forth from apps. The processor is good for games, compiling montages, Adobe Photoshop, and similar apps.
     
  3. joeblow7777, Sep 22, 2015
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    There's always going to be something better coming. Maybe a year from now there'll be a Mini with with an A9 (or maybe not), but then an even faster A10 will be out. The question is, what's good enough for your needs? Will you really take advantage of an even faster processor?
     
  4. Mystro macrumors 6502

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    I have reached the "good enough" level with the A8x with 2G doing multi tasking. That said, I still am buying the Pro for its size and speaker setup. My wife was still happy with her iPad 2 but I still bought her a new Air 2 .
     
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Yes, but the Mini 6 will have the A10, which will be a lot faster. Better wait for THAT one...
     
  6. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular

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    Montages would take more ram would it not?
     
  7. Faelan macrumors regular

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    My uneducated guess is that it's a supply and demand issue. Apple could have used the A9 in the Mini and the new Apple TV, but that would mean less A9 chips for the iPhone 6S/6S+, possibly not being able to meet the demand. Since the profit margin is significantly higher on the iPhone 6S/6S+ than the iPad Mini 4/Apple TV... well... they did what any sane company would do. It sucks, but the A8 still runs circles around most Android tablets (single core score is more important than multi-core where tablets are concerned) and it's still good enough for all the iOS 9 features which IMHO is more important than benchmark numbers.
     
  8. rkuo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The difference being, in this case, that we know for a fact that the improvement from A7 to A8 is 20% and the improvement from A8 to A9 is more like 40%.
     
  9. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Yes. But there is no Mini with an A9, so the comparison is pointless.
     
  10. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    But what does that 40% mean to you? Will it significantly improve your tablet using experience? Is it worth waiting another year (or more, the Mini 3 showed us that Apple doesn't necessarily update the line every year)? These aren't rhetorical questions, but only you can answer them for yourself. I know what my own answers are.
     
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. If people like the mini 4 and it does what they need it to do they should buy it.
     
  12. rkuo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Why is it pointless? Unless you think there will never be another iPad Mini, we have a pretty good idea of what the next generation's performance will be.
     
  13. rkuo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I'm OCD enough that I might just upgrade. The problem is that I know from the specs and trying it out in the store that it isn't going to change my experience much over the mini 2. At least not until multitasking and/or apps needing 2GB of RAM starts becoming a real issue.
     
  14. erasr macrumors 6502

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    My mini 4 is lightening fast. I think you've become a little too obsessed.
     
  15. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Yes, and the one after that. And the one after. The point is what to do now? Buy or wait for the next one? The next one will always be faster. If you wait for the next one, you'll be waiting forever. Does the one NOW do what you need it to do? Then buy it.
     
  16. Tapper123 macrumors member

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    When is "fast" fast enough?

    If a CPU is already giving you great frame rates on your games, and no significant lags during regular use, what is the point really? If you want console-ish 3D games on iOS I suppose, but what else? In that case I'd rather use consoles anyway.

    Not saying I don't appreciate tech advances, but on a platform like iOS I don't see the need for very much more speed than we've had already the past couple of years.
     
  17. rkuo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's just a platitude. If you know a subsequent generation is going to have an unusually large performance bump, that skews the decision in favor of waiting.

    In fact, I think a stronger argument to be made in favor of waiting a few months at least is that the mini 4 price point needs to correct under the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 has significantly stronger specs and is selling for less on the open market (just look at all the price promotions happening). I believe the number of people addicted to the specific size of the mini (which includes myself) is rather small ... it would make more sense for most people to buy the Air 2.
     
  18. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Wow. Big word. I had to google it.

    No it isn't.

    If you wait for the next big thing, you'll be waiting forever. Whatever floats your boat. I use small words.
     
  19. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    And based on last year, it could be two years until the A9 is in the mini.
     
  20. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

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    I agree wholeheartedly, the Mini 4 is a speed demon, I'm certainly not regretting my purchase, I believe it will keep me happy for at least two years.
     
  21. Shirtin macrumors member

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    You might be correct on that.

    Multitasking on an iPad requires 2GB of ram.... So it's a real issue right now
     
  22. rkuo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I meant I haven't found the multitasking on the iPad to be particularly useful the way it's been implemented. Who knows, maybe it will grow on me in time.
     
  23. stylinexpat macrumors 6502a

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    Fast is fast enough when you can open a Forex application and it does not take forever to load. Currency and stock applications require a lot of RAM. 1Gb just does not cut it. 2GB may be a bit better but I reckon 3-4 is what is need to run properly.
     
  24. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    A8X in the iPad Air 2 is kind of a dog on some sites like theverge.com. iPad Mini 5 with A9 and 4GB DRAM would earn my money.
     
  25. Piggie macrumors 604

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    I want an iPad Pro.

    However I want Devs to write apps and GAMES that take full advantage of the iPad Pro.

    Do you think this will happen?

    I don't want to run iPad Air apps on my Pro, I want apps and games that take full advantage of this new amazing hardware.
     

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