At least one very lucky user has already gotten their hands on an iPad Air 2 and run a Geekbench 3 benchmarking score on it. And if the information is correct, Apple’s latest flagship tablet sports 2GB of RAM.
That’s double the 1GB found in the first-generation iPad Air, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. As a result, apps and other parts of iOS should load faster and smoother.
And the A8X chip, which Apple unveiled at a special media event last week, is apparently a triple-core processor running at 1.5 GHz. The A8 chip in the latest iPhone models is clocked at 1.4 GHz and is a dual-core processor.
Not surprisingly, the chip garners higher single-core and multi-core stats compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple says the A8X delivers 40 percent faster CPU performance than the A7 in the original iPad Air.
Along with a Touch ID sensor, the iPad Air 2 is also highlighted by a thinner design, a new display with an antireflective coating, and an improved 8-megapixel iSight camera.
Available in space gray, silver, or gold, the tablet starts at $499 for a basic 16GB Wi-Fi edition. A 64GB Wi-Fi model is $599, and the line tops out at 128GB of storage for $699. Cellular-enabled models start at $629 for the 16GB and increase $100 for each storage tier. Buyers who preordered the tablet last week could see their shipments arrive as early as tomorrow, Oct. 22.