Benchmark results confirm that Apple hasn’t downclocked the M1 chip in the new iPad Air

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Benchmark results for the new iPad Air reveal that Apple hasn’t downclocked the M1 chip to artificially limit the device’s performance.

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The M1 chip in the fifth generation iPad Air has a 3.2 GHz operating frequency, as does the iPad Pro. geekbench 5 results, As such, the performance of the M1 iPad Air is almost the same as that of the M1 iPad Pro.

Notably, the M1 iPad Air has an average single-core and multi-core score of around 1,700 and 7,200, respectively. These scores confirm that the M1 iPad Air’s performance is on par with the M1 iPad Pro, with CPU performance about 60% to 70% faster than the fourth-generation iPad Air with the A14 Bionic chip.

“The breakthrough M1 chip in the iPad Air delivers a huge performance boost to even the most demanding apps and workflows, with incredible power efficiency and all-day battery life,” said Apple’s press release for the new iPad Air.

First introduced in November 2020 in MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Mini, the M1 chip features an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. The chip provides the new iPad Air with access to 8GB of integrated memory.

Apple’s decision not to downclock the M1 chip in the iPad Air is notable as the A15 Bionic chip in the sixth-generation iPad mini is downclocked to 2.9 GHz, while other devices like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max are clocked at 3.2 GHz. in comparison. The downclocked chip in the iPad Mini results in about 2% to 8% slower than the iPhone 13 model.

In addition to the M1 chip, key features of the new iPad Air include an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with Center Stage support, 5G connectivity on the cellular model, 2x faster USB-C ports for data transfer, and new color options. Pre-orders began on March 11, ahead of its March 18 launch, with pricing starting at $599 in the United States.