April 06, 2010, 5:01 PM — Apple's iPad is about twice as fast as the current iPhone, according to recently-published benchmark tests.
On average, the iPad executes native applications about twice as fast as does the iPhone 3GS, said Craig Hockenberry, who works for Iconfactory, best known as the developer of Twitterific, a Twitter client. Iconfactory released an iPad version of Twitterific last week.
Hockenberry measured the speed that the iPad and iPhone 3GS each ran an application written with Apple's Cocoa Touch API (application programming interface) using the company's SDK (software developers toolkit). The two devices rely on different versions of Apple's iPhone operating system, however; iPad runs iPhone 3.2, while the iPhone 3GS uses 3.0.
Hockenberry's results for the iPad are consistent with the performance boost one would expect from a single-core ARM processor running at 1GHz, said Aaron Vronko, the CEO of Michigan-based Rapid Repair. Vronko, whose company repairs and supplies parts for Apple's iPod, iPhone and iPad, disassembled an iPad last weekend to get a better idea of what was inside.