The iPad Air is set to hit stores on Friday, but early units have already been sent out. John Poole of Primate Labs, the makers of Geekbench, got a new iPad Air to run some early benchmarks to test Apple’s claim that the Air is twice as fast as the iPad 4. The benchmarks do indeed prove that claim with the iPad Air scoring a 1465 on the single-core test, and 2643 on the multi-core test. The iPad 4 scored 771, and 1408 respectively, and it’s also worth noting that the iPad Air’s scores top 2009 MacBook Pros, 2011 MacBook Airs, and 2009 iMacs.
It’ also worth noting that the iPad Air’s A7 chip is clocked at 1.4 GHz, compared to the iPhone 5S A7 chip running at 1.3GHz. It’s likely because the iPad has a bigger battery, and larger chassis for improved cooling. The iPad Air is a literal power house, while offering 64-bit architecture, and we can’t wait to see new apps to take advantage of the power.