The Apple iPad Air 2 has just made its debut, and according to Apple, its new iPad sports the A8X chip, which is an upgrade to the A8 chip of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple claims that the A8X is 40% more powerful than the A7.
According to Apple, “With a new A8X chip built on second-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture, iPad Air 2 is the fastest, most powerful iPad ever. With this kind of performance, you might expect a compromise or two. Like a bigger form factor or a shorter battery life. But iPad Air 2 is both thinner and lighter than the previous iPad Air. And thanks in part to the M8 motion coprocessor, it still has an incredibly long 10-hour battery life.* So you can do more. While carrying less.”
Speaking about how much more processing power the A8X has to offer compared to the A7, Apple says, “Compared with the A7 chip in the previous iPad Air, the new A8X chip delivers 40 percent faster CPU performance. From launching apps to playing games, everything is more fluid and responsive. And all your actions — swiping, pinching, zooming, scrolling, and rotating — happen quickly and smoothly.”
The A8X also offers a more powerful GPU. Apple says, “The A8X chip has an astonishing 2.5 times the graphics performance of the A7 chip. So iPad Air 2 delivers graphics once possible only on desktop computers and gaming consoles. Graphics-intensive games and video editing apps run superbly, and they look gorgeous on the big Retina display.”
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