John Poole of Primate Labs reports that the Geekbench 3 benchmarks suggest that the Retina iPad mini is powered by a 1.3GHz A7 chip like the iPhone 5s, which is 100Mhz slower than iPad Air’s 1.4GHz A7 chip, just as we had reported yesterday.
Retina iPad mini Benchmarks confirms 5x performance improvement over original iPad mini, 7% slower than iPad Air
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Rumors were circulating earlier this week about Apple allegedly closing its stores early between November 17th and 19th. Some folks took this to mean Apple was preparing its staff for an imminent product launch — mostly likely the retina iPad mini or the new Mac Pro. This assumption that Apple will be holding product launch meetings is likely incorrect.
Prospective iPad customers are spending time thinking about the iPad they will buy and the many options they can choose for each model. One important criteria that many people don’t consider is connectivity. Unlike the iPhone, the iPad is available in both a WiFi-only and WiFi+Cellular option that allows you to use the device on your cellular plan just like your phone.
Apple’s iPad Air goes on sale starting Friday, and you may be wondering whether the full-size tablet is worth its price tag. Adding some difficulty to the decision is the introduction of the iPad Mini with Retina Display, and Apple’s continued sale of the non-Retina iPad mini and the iPad 2. So many iPads, which one should you buy? Read on as we discuss each model and offer some buying advice below.