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New iPad Air and iPad mini 5 Have 3GB RAM, Same A12 Bionic Chip as iPhone XS

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Apple yesterday surprised everyone by releasing the 10.5-inch iPad Air instead of a new 2019 iPad. This was accompanied with the iPad mini 5 featuring some massive internal changes. Both the tablets pack the 7nm A12 Bionic chip which is found inside the iPhone XS and iPhone XR making them a powerhouse.

Now, more details about these chips have been confirmed via a Geekbench benchmark of iPad 11,2. The A12 Bionic chip inside these new iPads is clocked the same as they are on the iPhones — 2.49GHz. They also feature 3GB RAM, less than what the iPhone XS packs but the same amount as the iPhone XR.

In the benchmark, the iPad 11,2 scored 4806 and 11607 in the single-core and multi-core benchmarks, respectively. This is in the same ballpark as the iPhone XS and iPhone XR with an A12 Bionic chip.

It is unclear which iPad exactly is the iPad 11,2. Nonetheless, since the 10.5-inch iPad Air and the iPad mini 5 have similar internals, they are likely going to pack the same amount of RAM as well.

While powerful, the A12 Bionic chip is not as powerful as the A12X Bionic found inside the 2018 iPad Pro lineup. However, the performance difference is not going to bother most consumers. Plus, the lower amount of RAM on the new iPads is going to be a bigger bottleneck than the A12 Bionic which is still an extremely powerful chip.

We Want to Hear From You

What are your thoughts on the 10.5-inch iPad Air and the new iPad mini 5? Are you considering upgrading to one? Are you bummed that they only pack 3GB RAM instead of 4GB RAM?

[Via MacRumors]

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