More Apple iPad 2 Benchmarks Emerge

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After Anandtech, another technology website has produced benchmarks of the Apple iPad 2 and its A5 system on chip, with particular emphasis on Synthetic tests.

IOSnoops used SunSpider, Google's V8 Benchmark Suite, Dromaeo and GeekBench for iOS and after updating the initial iPad to iOS 4.3, found out that the iPad 2 proved to be a faster beast than its predecessor despite the fact that it appears to run at only 893MHz, 12 per cent slower than the A4 in the iPad v1.

On average, Apple's new tablet is 65 per cent faster than the old one, which when normalised (to account for the speed difference) gives a 84 per cent increase overall.

The drop in speed may be down to aggressive power saving management systems put in place by Apple to increase battery life.

Allan Yogasingam. engineer and technical marketing manager at UBM Techinsights. noted that the Apple A5 did use a different power management IC from Dialog Semiconductor.

Preliminary benchmarks by Anandtech and CNet also showed that the combination of the Apple iOS 4.3 and the Apple A5, which power Apple's latest tablet, is a lethal one when it comes to performance; the new iPad 2 being up to nine times as fast as its predecessor when it comes to graphics performance.