iPad 2 Ridicules Macbook Pro & Mac Pro In iMovie Benchmarks

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A series of benchmarks carried out on the new iMovie has shown the incredible potential the iPad 2 hardware has compared to Apple's other products like the Mac Pro or the latest Macbook Pro.

Appadvice carried out a number of benchmarks and was shocked by the results, especially as the iPad 2 is significantly cheaper than most of the computers included in the benchmark.

Copying a two minute video shot from an iPod Touch to a series of devices took half the time on the iPad and the iPad 2 compared to the other desktop or laptop Macs.

Encoding an unedited two minute video to 720p on iMovie took only 1m56s on the iPad 2 but a a whipping 2m15 on a Mac Pro. Even more staggering is that the iPod Touch 4G completed the test ahead of the iPad 1, at just under two minutes, not bad for a £150 device.

However, when encoding the two minute video to 720p with iMovie following a set number of steps, the MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro managed to outgun the iPad 2 by a few seconds while the iPad 1 and the iPod Touch 4 were left way behind.

Part of the ludicrously fast performance of the A4 and the A5 comes from the fact that the system on chips may have hardware AAC and h.264 encoding/decoding features built in.

There's also the fact that the encoding machine of the Mac version of the iMovie might not be as efficient as that on iOS.