New iPad Mini Has Downclocked A15 Chip Compared to iPhone 13

  • General

Both the iPhone 13 and the new iPad mini are equipped with Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chip, but benchmark results reveal that the chip is downclocked to 2.9GHz in the iPad mini, compared to 3.2GHz in all iPhone 13 models.

As to be expected, the downclocked chip appears to have a small 2-8% impact on the iPad mini’s performance compared to iPhone 13 models. In early Geekbench 5 results, the new iPad mini has average single-core and multi-core scores of around 1,595 and 4,540, compared to averages of around 1,730 and 4,660 for the iPhone 13 Pro.

MacRumors ran the benchmarks by Geekbench founder John Poole, who said the results appear to be legitimate, including the 2.9GHz clock speed.

It’s unclear why Apple has downclocked the A15 chip in the iPad mini, but most users are unlikely to encounter any issues with performance using the device. Even with a downclocked A15 chip, the new iPad mini is up to 40% faster in single-core performance and up to 70% faster in multi-core performance compared to the previous-generation iPad mini with an A12 chip, according to benchmarks. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment.

The new iPad mini is available to order now and launches Friday, September 24. iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro pre-orders begin tomorrow at 5 a.m. Pacific Time, and we’ve also shared iPhone 13 benchmarks for those interested.

Top Stories

Apple Introduces Redesigned Sixth-Generation iPad Mini With Touch ID, USB-C Port, 5G, and More

Tuesday September 14, 2021 10:17 am PDT by Sami Fathi

Apple today announced the sixth-generation iPad mini, featuring a massive redesign with a larger display, an embedded Touch ID sensor in the Power Button, improved performance, a USB-C port, and 5G.
The new iPad mini features a completely new design, dismissing the Home Button in favor of a full-screen design with an 8.3-inch display. The display features wide color, an antireflective…

Apple Developing a Whole New Kind of iPad Mini

Apple is believed to be working on a completely new, Pro-style version of the iPad mini, according to recent reports.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Apple is planning to launch a new iPad mini model with narrower screen bezels, with the company also testing a design that does away with the Home button.
However, it seems that this is more than a Pro-style redesign of…

Apple Now Accepting Pre-Orders for New iPad Mini 6 and iPad 9

At today’s “California Streaming” event, Apple introduced refreshed versions of the iPad mini and the low-cost iPad, which was something of a surprise as we were expecting new tablet announcements later in the year. Both the iPad mini 6 and the iPad 9 are available for pre-order starting today, with orders up and live following the conclusion of the event.
The iPad 9, which replaces the…

iPad Mini 6 Rumored to Feature A15 Chip and Smart Connector

The sixth-generation iPad mini will feature an A15 chip and a Smart Connector, according to a report from 9to5Mac.
The next-generation iPad mini is reportedly codenamed “J310” and will feature a number of significant upgrades. The report claims that one of the key features of the new iPad mini will be the A15 chip, which is expected to debut in the iPhone 13 lineup later this year. The A15…

iPad Mini Finally Getting Major Update With Pro Design and Larger Display

Apple is planning to give the iPad mini a major update this year, including a Pro-style redesign with a larger display, according to recent reports.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Webby Wu, the updated ‌iPad mini‌ will feature narrower screen bezels, with Apple also testing a model that does away with the Home button, in a design that sounds closer to the current iPad Air….

Apple Asks iPad Mini Users’ Opinions About Screen Size Ahead of Expected Redesign

Ahead of when the company is expected to reveal an updated iPad mini featuring an iPad Air-inspired redesign, Apple is out asking some existing iPad mini customers about whether the iPad mini’s screen size is too big, too small, or whether it’s “just right.”
Apple often sends out surveys to customers. While they aren’t always entirely indicative of the company’s plans, it offers a glimpse…

iPad Mini 6 to Feature 8.3-Inch Display With No Home Button and Narrower Bezels

The sixth-generation iPad mini that’s in the works will have an 8.3-inch display, according to display analyst Ross Young. That will be larger than the current 7.9-inch display, with the larger size due to the removal of the Home button and a narrower bezel design.
Rumors about the iPad mini 6 have been picking up in recent weeks ahead of its prospective launch this fall.
Apple analyst…

Expercom Arrives With First Discounts on New 10.2-Inch iPad and 8.3-Inch iPad Mini

In the wake of announcements for a new iPad mini and new iPad, Expercom has introduced the first cash discounts on these 2021 tablets. Expercom typically is the first Apple reseller to have solid discounts on its latest products, but shoppers should note estimated shipping times can stretch as far as six weeks.
Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Expercom. When you click a link and…

Redesigned iPad Mini Has Increased 4GB of RAM, iPad 9 Remains at 3GB

Apple this week introduced a redesigned sixth-generation iPad mini that looks much closer to the current iPad Air, with slimmer bezels, a Touch ID power button, a USB-C port, compatibility with the second-generation Apple Pencil, and more.
The new iPad mini is equipped with the same A15 Bionic chip as iPhone 13 models, and while Apple doesn’t advertise the amount of RAM in the device,…

iPad Mini 6 May Feature 8.38-Inch Display and Launch in October

The sixth-generation iPad mini will feature an 8.38-inch display and could launch in October, according to a Japanese accessory listing spotted by Gizmodo Japan.
The now-removed Amazon Japan listing shows an Elecom glass screen protector for an all-screen 8.38-inch “small” iPad, presumed to be the upcoming sixth-generation iPad mini. This appears to be the most specific measurement for the…