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Apple seems to have a very small number of Retina iPad minis available for sale at Apple Stores, and it'd appear that someone who managed to find one just ran Geekbench [$0.99]. The results are here, and the iPad mini with Retina Display scores a 1390 in single core tests and a 2512 in multicore tests. Comparatively, the iPad Air rocks a 1466 in single core and 2658 in multicore.

Keep in mind, while some people might find these results vaguely disappointing, it seems to still have the same 1GB of RAM. Additionally, the original iPad mini scored a 261 in single core tests and 493 in multicore- So any way you slice it you're looking at an incredible increase over the previous model. It remains to be seen how much, if any, real world difference we see between the 1.3Ghz and 1.4Ghz iPads… But I've got my money on there not being much difference at all.

Stay tuned as we get more impressions on the Retina iPad mini.

  • SpacePenguinBot

    Yeah, it's hard to see how this would dissuade someone who was planning to buy a Retina Mini. Unless they are REALLY into GHz.

  • Nick

    It's the same way that the iPhone 5 and iPad 4 speed differences don't matter.

    The mini is running a much smaller screen, which requires less oomph to power it versus the larger screen/more pixels in the air.

    It's why iOS 7 runs faster on my iPhone 5 versus my iPad 4

    • wermy

      Smaller screen, yes, but same number of pixels as the Air. So it uses the same CPU/GPU resources to run stuff.

    • Adams Immersive

      Actually the retina mini and the AIr both have the same 768x1024 resolution--same number of pixels. The smaller screen may take less energy to power, but the graphics need the same computing power.

      (And 1.3GHz--which is the same as the iPhone 5s I believe--should be plenty! All the A7 devices have tested extremely fast.)

      • sticktron

        You mean 2048x1536.

  • ziekke

    I was really torn between the Air and Mini+R but I think I'm glad I got the air. More "breathing room" with the screen, even if it's a bit more inconvenient to carry around.

    I would have felt bothered more if the specs matched up exactly, so that little bit makes me feel better even if functionally it's not much different.

    • geoelectric

      When it was a 3/4 lb. difference it was an easy choice. At 1/4 lb. difference, bigger screen definitely wins for me. I love my Air.

      • Caleb N. Diffell

        My thoughts exactly. I was leaning toward the Mini until I learned of the lower mass of the Air. The bigger screen won easily at that point.

  • Poo

    I find those results vaguely awesome!!

  • rewyan

    Wow. That's a huge difference.....

  • Lazer Kat

    iPad Air vs. iPad Mini 2s geekbench numbers;

    iPad Mini 2:
    Single-Core Score 1390
    Multi-Core Score 2512

    iPad Air:
    Single-Core Score 1465
    Multi-Core Score 2643

    • toxiccheese

      How are the numbers different from the article? And why post them again if they are already in the article?

    • rewyan

      Thank you for taking a ton of time to post information that was already clearly mentioned in the article.

      • Lazer Kat

        A ton of time, guess you haven't learned to type on your i device yet.
        I simply put them there to compare them at a glance, and was commenting on how close they actually are.

  • jrusty

    How many cores does the iPad mini retina have?

  • Sock Monkey

    Does anyone know what app that is on the lower-right iPad mini? (The one with all the kid dish colorful doodles?)