Apple says its newest iPad is faster than the rest
Does Apple’s new A5X chip really pack more speed than Nvidia’s Tegra 3?
There are several reasons to feel jazzed about the new iPad, slated to hit stores March 16. But a processor that runs four-times faster than its competitors may not actually be one of them.
During Wednesday’s launch, Tim Cook pimped the processing performance of Apple’s newest iPad when he said that its A5X chip is four-times faster than Nvidia’s Tegra 3. But, do his punches actually hold any force? Let’s take a quick look.
Tegra 3, as many of you may be aware, is already pretty damn fast. Nvidia, however, couldn’t give a solid answer on whether or not Apple’s chip is speedier, due to a lack of information. That will of course change after March 16, when Nvidia can put tests into place to determine which chip wins for efficiency.
In a BGR report, a spokesman for Nvidia pointed out the following:
We have to understand what the application was that was used. Was it one or a variety of applications? What drivers were used? There are so many issues to get into with benchmark. … At some point it will become more clear what the performance really is. For now, Apple has a really generic statement.
Does it really matter, though? Companies both large and small are constantly making bold statements like this. And most typically with little to no evidence backing them, just like Tim Cook’s fast processing claim—it’s half marketing, half product-pride. As Gizmodo points out, it’s akin to asking the baker how good his pie is. You really think he’s gonna tell you to go try the pastry shop down the street instead? Obviously not, his pie is the best because his Apple’s are fresher, faster and all around better, according to him.
It’s no doubt that the new iPad is fast, most definitely faster than its predecessors (which, by the way, at least had concrete names; 1 and 2, respectively). Heck, maybe it will even be faster than its direct competition, but four-times the speed? That seems a bit much. On the bright side, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.