iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air: What's the difference?
Apple has released the much-anticipated iPad Air 2, updating its beloved iPad Air with an all-new look and beefed-up specs.
But how does the iPad Air 2 compare against its insanely successful predecessor, the iPad Air? Let's break down the specs and take a look.
Ok, on paper, there is really very little in the way of resolution improvements for the new iPad Air 2. It has exactly the same 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution as its predecessor, the same 264ppi count, and the same Retina display.
But, that's not to say that Apple hasn't innovated. For starters, the iPad Air 2's screen has been imbued with an anti-reflective coating that claims to reduce reflections by 56 percent.
More impressively, however, is the fact that despite the fact that this new tablet is an eye-watering 18 percent thinner than the first generation iPad Air (more on that below,) its managed to maintain the same quality display. That's because it has a laminated screen, with an optically bonded touch sensor, LCD and glass -- that means no air gaps and a lot more room.
Apple has bumped up the camera specs on the iPad Air 2, from 5 to 8 megapixels, with a whole host of image optimization tools. If you were hoping for a higher resolution selfie-snapper, though, you're out of luck. Apple has stuck with its proprietary FaceTime camera, at 1.2-megapixels -- though let's remember megapixels aren't everything in this race.
It's a big bump up though from the 5-megapixel offering of the previous generation iPad Air. Photos on the new tablet are, in a word, crisp. Tablet photography has famously lagged behind its smartphone cousin. Could the iPad Air 2 be the one to even out the deficit?
Size & weight
Apple has made the iPad Air 2 even thinner than its extremely svelte predecessor. At 6.1mm thick, the iPad Air 2 is definitely one of the thinnest tablets on the market. Even though both generations sport the same 9.7in screen, the iPad Air 2 measures just 6.1mm to the old one's 7.5mm.
That's a big difference, and makes the Apple's new slate one of the most elegant on the market. It's also a lot lighter, weighing just 437g to the first iPad Air's 469g.
Under the hood
Apple has brought the beef with its new A8X processor, specially designed for the new iPad Air 2. This is meant to make the iPad Air 2 40 percent faster than its predecessor, which wasn't a sluggish machine to begin with.
Thinner, lighter, and... gold-er, the new Apple iPad Air 2 is a worthy step up from its predecessor. Not only that, but it matches the original iPad Air in price, meaning it's also one of the most competitive Apple slates we've seen.
With added features like the long-awaited TouchID, the second generation iPad Air is bound to be a crowd-pleaser that ties in with a rapidly expanding Apple ecosystem.
|iPad Air 2||iPad Air|
|Resolution||2048 x 1536||2048 x 1536 pixels|
|Pixel density||264ppi||264 ppi|
Processor and battery
|Family||Apple A8X||Apple A7|
|CPU||TBC||Cyclone (ARM v8-based)|
|Clock speed||TBC||1.3 GHz|
|Battery||TBC||8600 mAh battery|
|Claimed battery time||Up to 10h||10 hours Wi-Fi web surfing, watching video, or listening to music|
Storage and memory
|Internal storage||16 GB / 64GB / 128GB||16GB / 32 GB / 64GB /128 GB|
|Standard||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac|
|Integrated wireless charging||No||No|
|Size||6.1mm thin (rest TBC)||240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm|
|Operating System||iOS 8||iOS 7 (upgradeable to iOS 8)|
|Price (SIM-free)||16GB - $499/64GB - $599/128GB - $699||16GB - $399/32GB $499|
|Availability||October 17 2014 (Pre-order)||Now|
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