Not all A8 processors are created equal. At least, not if you think that the A8 processor in the new iPad Mini 4 is clocked the same as the A8 processor that made its debut last year in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Instead, it turns out that it’s a hair faster than last year’s A8.
Ars Technica managed to run some early tests on the brand new iPad mini 4, which is already available for consumer purchase, and discovered that the A8 processor is clocked at 1.5GHz. The same A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is clocked at 1.4GHz, so you’re getting a small 100MHz speed boost. The iPad mini 4 was also found to sport 2GB of RAM.
Ultimately, Ars Technica didn’t find a huge performance boost from that additional 100MHz, but it did find that the iPad mini 4 is about 2o percent faster than the iPad mini 3, which had the same chip as the iPad mini 2, and 50 percent slower than the A8X chip in the iPad Air 2.
Sounds like it’s kind of a minor upgrade to us, and we’re excited to see how the new A9 and A9X compare.