So it won't be clocked as high as the Air. I wonder where it will fall on the throttling side of things, as the 5S drops to 1GHz in two minutes.
I'll be interested in seeing how the CPU and GPU stack up to the Air in clock speed and throttling, the 5S throttled back to 1GHz in just two minutes while the Air did better. Also the Mini has a more washed out screen than the 3/4/Airhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/11/12/5097886/rmini-washed-out-screen
That memory viewing utility looks cool, I wish the reviewer did more tests with higher end apps with that. Anandtech said the 64 bit apps use about 25-30% more RAM just doing the same things, so with no increase in RAM capacity that worries me a tad. With my 1GB RAM iOS devices it already kicked things out of RAM way more than I wanted.
It's not FUD if I'm speaking from experience. I'm already annoyed by my 1GB iOS devices. Bringing up what ancient machines had or games used brings nothing to this discussion. In 2013, 1GB causes Safari to boot tabs out of main memory like crazy, and even one heavy duty modern game will boot all other apps from memory and will reload itself after going to the home screen, that's all I need to know.
It's using a whole third more RAM for the same things because of 64 bit, that's measured.
A lot of disgruntled iPad 1 owners will tell you lack of RAM is it's achilles heel, I hope this 30% increase in its RAM use with no increase in capacity doesn't hurt it. The old 1GB devices already had Safari kicking tabs out of memory way too fast, now it's 30% RAM heavier.
People saying Mavericks like compression...
A lot of disgruntled iPad 1 owners will tell you lack of RAM is it's achilles heel, I hope this 30% increase in its RAM use with no increase in capacity doesn't hurt it.
People saying Mavericks like compression will help: Anand measured how much RAM was in use under load. If it was compressing something, it would have been factored into how much was used. Even if it is using compression, it's no magic cure.
I think that's missing my point. A7 doesn't help the Surface at all for one, and while I'm sure Qualcomm will get there soon the point is that Intel is already competitive with them. Short term, ARM chips may keep getting wins, but in the long view of Intels roadmap I think they'll dominate this space just like they dominated AMD. It's hard for anyone to compete with a company that can drop 5-6 billion on a new uarch and think nothing of it. Just ask AMD.
With Bay Trail getting cost, performance, and power draw competitive with ARM chips, I don't see much sense in keeping with ARM in this form factor. A tablet just like this but with Bay Trail and full on Windows would be pretty appealing. I'm not sure what RTs future will be given how competitive Intel is getting, perhaps it will end up merging with Windows Phone and stay in phones and phablets.
Apple usually doesn't fudge numbers, but it seems clear the 90% boost for the 13" was a bit much to claim.
The Iris Pro 5200 in the 15" is also a tad slower than the old 650M default, especially when you start cranking the resolution/filtering/details as it seems bandwidth constrained.
Apple has claimed the A7 has twice the GPU power of the A6 in the 5S reveal, and now twice the GPU power of the A6X in this one, yet they aren't calling the iPad one an A7X part. I wonder what's going on, and where the retina Mini falls.