iPad 2: GPU benchmarks

I can’t wait to get my hands on an iPad 2. It is a beautiful piece of technology and finally implements what I was waiting for: Video Mirroring. With a 30-pin to HDMI adapter one can see everything on the iPad and on any HDMI compatible TV or beamer. This is a killer feature for me.

Your favorite app on your HDTV. Now one iPad gets the attention of many on a big (and bigger) screen. And it’s a truly impressive performance.

Source: “Share what’s on your iPad with a bigger screen” – Apple

I am sure this will open a whole new field of application for the iPad. It seems to be a trivial feature, but in fact I think it is a vital step for the iPad towards becoming a major productivity tool.

What also seems promising, is the amazing GPU performance. Anandtech tested the new iPad 2 in detail and determined the iPad to offer over 3-5x the speed in GPU benchmarks. Take a look:

(Source: “Apple iPad 2 GPU Performance Explored” anandtech.com)

So, if you don’t already have an iPad, this is the version you have been waiting for.

New Macbook Pro Benchmarks

New Macbook Pro’s have been introduced yesterday. And they seem to be a must have. How nice it will be to outperform its predecessor is shown in these first benchmarks:

(Source: “New MacbookPro Benchmarks” macrumors.com)

The top-of-the-line MacBook Pro now outrank many of last year’s desktop machines including the Mac Pro and iMac.

(Source: “New MacbookPro Benchmarks” macrumors.com)

Also I am intrigued by the new Thunderbolt interface. It is promising to have 10Gbps available at your fingertips. Engadget was able to transfer a 5GB file in just a few seconds measuring a transfer rate of 600-700 MBps.

I can’t wait to get one of the new Macbook Pro’s. Hopefully Thunderbolt peripherals will be available in a large variety as soon as I get it.