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iMovie on the new iPad, as much as 33% faster

IMovie iPad3 Faster

The general consensus around the web is that the new iPad is roughly the same speed as the older iPad 2. The the CPU at the heart the A5X is still dual-core and it's even running at the same 1GHz clock speed, only 3D applications and games should see a speed increase from the new quad-core graphics engine, right? Perhaps not.

In our very first iPad 3 vs iPad 2 speed test, we recorded a 33% speed increase.

From a cold start we exported an 11 minute 1080p iMovie project to the camera roll at 1080p. The new iPad was able to encode the final video significantly faster than realtime, taking just 7:59. The iPad 3 completed the entire export, including copying the video to the camera roll in just 9:25. The iPad 2 completed the full export in 12:29. That's a saving of 3:04. In others words, the iPad 3 was roughly 33% faster. That's a significant speed boost.

We are not suggesting that the iPad 3 is generally 33% faster than last years model, but rather that there are clearly some areas, video encoding is one example, where users will see a significant increase in performance.

We'll carry on testing and report back what we find. Please let us know if you find any differences in performance that you feel will be of benefit to our readers.

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Reader Comments (2)

I've noticed that compared to the the iPad 2, the colour temperature of the iPad 3 is a little cooler. It's more noticable in some pictures than others, but it seems this is by design. It's not a big thing but it was definitely noticeable to me.

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterICT Tower

I am very amazed to know it’s working 33% more faster. It's great application.

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEthan Samuel

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