We're still not sure why Apple ditched its yearly refresh cycle for the iPad, other than trying to homogenise the iDevice line with its new Lightning Connector, but it did. And now benchmarks have shown that the new 'new iPad' is more than twice as powerful than the iPad 3. This thing is a beast.
The 4th gen iPad clocked up 1757 on Geekbench, which compared to the previous generation hammering along at 791, is quite a kick in the processing pants. That's mainly thanks to the new 1.4GHz dual-core A6 chip bolted to the beefed-up quad-core GPU that denotes the 'X' in Apple's custom CPU. Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 5 compared well against the new iPad, sharing the same processing cores, but clocked slightly slower at 1.3GHz.
At any rate, you might be pissed off that your brand new iPad 3 is now obsolete and on the scrap heap of refurbished-only. But for the rest of use musing an iPad purchase it looks like you're getting a heck of a lot more processing power for your money, even if the outside looks exactly the same. [Primate Labs via MacRumors]