Fourth-gen iPad and iPad mini most responsive

Macworld Australia Staff
9 October, 2013
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Even before the newest versions are released into the wild, the iPad team at Cupertino will be patting each other on the back this week. The reason for their cheer would be the release of a new set of Touchmark benchmarks from the cloud streaming company Agawi.

In its latest report, Agawi looked at the touchscreen latencies of the flagship smartphones from a range of different manufacturers. Among those devices tested were Microsoft’s Surface, Apple’s iPads and some Android tablets, including the latest Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

The report concluded that of all the tablets tested, the iPad mini came out on top for the minimum app response times. Second was the fourth-generation iPad, while languishing at the bottom of the pile was the Galaxy Tab 3.8.0.

Agawi noted that this is one time when size doesn’t seem to matter. “Interestingly, the iPad mini – with its smaller screen and 1024×768 resolution – performs similarly to the larger fourth-generation iPad and its 2048×1536 resolution, suggesting that responsiveness is not reduced by the larger screen size or resolution.”


The results are a reflection of an earlier set of benchmarks conducted on smartphones, which found the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 in a similar position to the iPads; i.e. well ahead of the competition.


The fifth-generation iPad and the widely anticipated Retina display iPad mini are expected to be revealed on 22 October at the next major Apple event.

by Macworld Australia staff

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