iPad mini Mini have faster processor than iPad 2?

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  1. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

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    My iPad Mini serial shows a processor speed of 1.23ghz and iPad 2 (latest model) shows 1.0ghz. From the chipmunk serial thingy. Thoughts?
     
  2. Noisemaker Guest

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    How exactly are you checking the processor speed without a Mini on hand?

    It wouldn't surprise me in the least if they clocked the A5 in them a bit faster, and it's known that doing so is possible, as it was underclocked in the iPad 2.

    I'm just curious at how reliable your source is. I won't lie - I'm hopeful that it's spot-on.
     
  3. DJinTX macrumors 6502

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    Does this chipmunk thingamajig give any info on ram? Would be very nice if Apple upped the ram as well. I know not likely, and not even a deal breaker (for me) but it would be a nice surprise to find a gig of ram.
     
  4. D.T. macrumors 603

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    Yeah, OP, spill the beans, what's your source? Some kind of black magic???
     
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    My thought is they clocked the Mini higher so it would perform better than an iPad 2. Yay!
     
  6. d123 macrumors 68000

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    The OP has entered his serial number in at chipmunk.nl and the info given is as follows
    Mine, for example
     
  7. klover, Oct 29, 2012
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    Saw the same thing earlier this morning when I checked my build week. I'm not sure how accurate this site has been in the past for specs but it wouldn't surprise me if they clocked it a bit higher to offset its age.
     
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    From everything I've read, the A5 in the iPad mini is a little smaller than in the iPad. Because of the smaller size, it is naturally quicker for transporting data. How I saw it explained is like you driving to your local grocery store. It currently takes 20 minutes to drive to this store. If you would move 10% closer (just like a chip getting 10% smaller), then your drive would be 18 minutes at the same speed. Therefor, quicker without driving faster. Make sense?
     
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    They appear to be an Apple reseller/repair agent from what I can make out. I presumed they are linking into an Apple database for those details.

    I have yet to see an error with their info.
     
  10. seajewel macrumors 6502

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    yup, 1.23 GHZ on mine too. Good news! and yes, if only it had more RAM as well.. although that seems rather unlikely.
     
  11. D.T. macrumors 603

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    Very interesting, thanks for the follow up.

    Well, the clock speed is the clock speed as determined by the oscillator [or whatever mechanism] that's integrated into the SOC when applicable. The smaller CPU uses less power and generates less heat (so can potentially be driven to higher clocks), but the smaller die itself doesn't make the device run faster.
     
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    It's be interesting to read the benchmark tests when they come out.
     
  13. Noisemaker Guest

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    I agree. It seems like this is a bit of a surprise, and a very welcomed one, in my opinion. I'd be happy with iPad 2 speed, but a speed bump of ~25%? That's certainly a great bonus.
     
  14. briceman macrumors member

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    This is really cool news. Makes me want to possibly sell my 2, and get a mini.
     
  15. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I think...

    1, there information is wrong

    2, it's correct but apple have implemented the same dynamic clocking as the a6 in the ip5

    3, it's correct and apple have clocked it higher for longevity
     
  16. MistaGavin macrumors member

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    This is good news. Hopefully benchmarks back it up.
     
  17. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting, so does this mean that it is faster than iPad2, and better in every way(apart from the screen size)?
     
  18. d123 macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, that's an incorrect statement, the iPad 2 might have a different screen size, but it certainly doesn't have a better screen size. In fact, there are 2 major improvements on the Mini, the smaller screen size and lesser weight.

    They are the 2 overriding reasons for the Mini, size and weight.
     
  19. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I didn't mean the 9.7inch is a better screen size. Considering getting myself a Mini, that smaller size is a lot more compact for me.
     
  20. ghsNick macrumors 68020

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    Where do you guys find serial numbers on your order?
     
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  22. monaarts macrumors 65816

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    I was wondering the same thing! haha
     
  23. Chocolatemilty macrumors 6502a

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    I just checked my serial number as well and it's showing the same. I'm very excited to know the A5 is clocked at a higher speed if this is indeed true (I'm believing it thus far).

    Screen Shot 2012-10-29 at 2.12.18 PM.png
     
  24. monaarts macrumors 65816

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    Where did you find your serial number?
     
  25. Chocolatemilty macrumors 6502a

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    On the My Support Profile with Apple. http://bit.ly/qUZfH4
     

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