KEY POINTS

  • Leaked Geekbench listings reveal just how powerful the new A14 Bionic chip is
  • The numbers show that it's more powerful than the iPhone 11 series' A13 Bionic chip
  • It also has a better performance than the 2020 iPad Pro's A12Z Bionic chip

A Geekbench listing has revealed that Apple's upcoming iPad Air 4, which is the first iDevice to feature the new A14 Bionic chip, is significantly more powerful than the company's existing tablets.

According to a leaked Geekbench listing shared by noted leaker Ice Universe, an iPad model only identified as “iPad 13,2” has significant performance improvements compared to the A13 Bionic chip found inside Apple's current line of flagship iPhones.

While the name didn't exactly say “iPad Air 4,” another leaker known only by the name L0vetodream said that the device's motherboard code that was revealed in the listing, J308AP, stands for the iPad Air 4 with Cellular model. Ice Universe and L0vetodream are known for their leaks about various devices, particularly Samsung and Apple, respectively.

Fast performance

According to the Geekbench listing, the A14 processor has a 1,583 single-core score and a 4,198 multi-core score, which are definitely higher than the 1,336 single-core and 3,569 multi-core scores that the A13 Bionic has.

The A14 Bionic is also faster than the 2020 iPad Pro's A12Z Bionic chip in terms of single-core scores, at 1,583 versus 1,118. It is slightly slower in terms of multi-core scores, however, at 4,198 versus 4,564.

It's worth noting, however, that the A12Z has an extra GPU core unlike the A12X, which powered older iPad Pro models such as the one released in 2018.

The Geekbench listing reveals that the A14 Bionic has a base 3.99Ghz frequency. This is significantly faster than the A13 Bionic's 2.66GHz and even faster than the A12Z's 2.49GHz clock speed. The listing also reveals that the processor is backed by 4GB of RAM, which means the iPad Air 4 will have enough processing power and corresponding memory allocation for multitasking purposes.

A great investment

These numbers, along with the other details Apple revealed about the device, indicate that the upcoming iPad Air 4 will be a great investment for those looking for a powerful tool they can use for work and play.

The iPad Air 4, unveiled during Apple's event last month, features a design similar to the iPad Pro. It has a wider edge-to-edge display, flat edges and a high refresh rate. It has an improved camera and Touch ID sensor, which is perfect for these mask-wearing times.

Best of all, Apple will make all of these features – the sheer processing power, new design and other benefits expected from an iPad – even more accessible with a $599 starting price.

apple_new-ipad-air_new-design-04_09152020 The new iPad Air is also compatible with the Magic Keyboard accessory. Photo: Apple