Staying in Palo Alto this week, I was lured, as one is, to the Apple store.
And came out, unsuspecting and unintentionally, owning an iPad.
It seemed sluggish. A browsermark test rated it around 70k. It had iOS 4.3.5 on it.
Upgrading to iOS5 took the rating to 100k.
Now the iPad 2 is dual core, iOS5 is written for dual core and iOS 4.3.5 is written for single core.
So all that figures. But a 30% increase seems an impressive tribute to Apple’s ability to partition tasks over multiple cores.
Particularly so, when I haven’t noticed any improvement in performance in my x86 stuff for years however many cores Intel and AMD stick on their chips.
Incidentally a browsermark test on an Atom-based netbook produced a rating of 12.5k.
Roll on the ARM-based laptop.