Apple’s “new iPad” made waves back in March with its impressive 9.7″ Retina display and graphics performance. The A5X chip boasted “quad-core graphics” and increased speed and RAM compared to the previous iPad. That said, those early 3-gen iPad adopters probably weren’t too impressed when Apple announced another model that was twice as fast as the one they bought only a few months earlier. Recent benchmark results do nothing to alleviate those frustrations.
The image above shows the 3rd-gen iPad’s Geekbench score of 747. Not to be sniffed at by any means, but it turns out the new “iPad with Retina display” more than doubles the score achieved by its predecessor.
Pretty impressive from a chip which – for the first time – didn’t involve any of Samsung’s engineers in its design. With such a high score, it’s impossible to ignore the performance enhancements in the newest version of the 9.7″ iPad family.
Do you think this signals that the current version is built to last at least 12 months, or will Apple announce another new one in March?