According to Geekbench 5 benchmark results, the M1 chip in the 2022 iPad Air has not been downclocked by Apple and has the same 3.2GHz operating frequency as it does in the iPad Pro, MacRumors is reporting.
Apple’s decision not to downclock the M1 chip in the iPad Air is notable given that the A15 Bionic chip is downclocked to 2.9GHz in the sixth-generation iPad mini, compared to 3.2GHz for other devices like the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The downclocked chip results in the iPad mini being around 2% to 8% slower than iPhone 13 models.
Benchmarks show the 2022 M1 iPad Air has average single-core and multi-core scores of around 1,700 and 7,200, respectively, confirming its performance is on par with the M1 iPad Pro. It is also nearly 70% faster than the fourth-generation iPad Air with the A14 Bionic chip.
Apple’s newly announced fifth-generation iPad Air also sports an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with Center Stage support, 5G connectivity on cellular models, up to a 2x faster USB-C port for data transfer, and new colour options.