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iPad 4: benchmark test confirms it’s twice as fast as previous models

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Up to speed: benchmarks appear to confirm Apple’s claim that the newest iPad is indeed twice as fast

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The new iPad 4 has reportedly been benchmarked and the results back up the maker’s claim that it’s twice as fast as the previous model.

This latest iPad was a surprise extra announcement at the recent launch of the Apple iPad mini. The iPad 4, officially described as “iPad with Retina Display” replaces the third-gen model and goes on sale from 2 November.

On Monday John Poole of Primate Labs posted his thoughts on the early test results that popped up on the Geekbench browser database over weekend.

Poole suggests that the benchmark result is real: “There’s nothing in the result that indicates it's a fake,” he writes.

Apple iPad 4 benchmark

The posting appears to confirm that the iPad 4 has a dual-core A6X processor running at 1.4GHz. It goes on to list that it has 1GB RAM, the same amount as the third-gen iPad and the iPhone 5, but twice that of the iPad 2.

It does seems to have a had a significant performance boost, however. The results suggest the new iPad is 10 percent faster than the iPhone 5. It is based on the same dual-core A6 processor but may be clocked at 1.4GHz (instead of around 1.3GHz for the iPhone 5). Importantly, it is about twice as fast as the iPad 2 and iPad 3.

Apple iPad 4 benchmark

Although the upgraded iPad 4 comes just a few months after the third-gen ‘New’ iPad, Poole concludes that, “If you have an iPad and you are looking for more performance then you will find the new iPad a compelling upgrade.”

Do you agree? Is this performance boost enough to persuade you to upgrade from an older model? Have your say on the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or via the comments boxes below.

Primate Labs via MacRumors

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