iPad Air vs iPad Air 2 – What’s New and Better Now?
The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are the first devices announced after the release of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus combo. While the iPad Mini 3 shows slim to none improvements on either the design or technical side, we thought of fiving you the details on what makes the iPad Air 2 different form the iPad Air.
The iPad Air 2 took the crown as the thinnest tablet worldwide, as it features a considerable size reduction when compared to the original iPad Air. While the first generation measures 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm and weighs 478 or 469 grams (cellular/non-cellular), the Air 2 is 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm in size and 444 or 437 grams in weight.
The new generation also features the TouchID fingerprint scanning technology that is making its way across all newer Apple devices. The Air 2 can be bought in gold, silver and space grey colors.
Instead of changing the original Air’s 2048 x 1536 resolution 9.7 inch display, Apple has opted to keep it but tweak the glass layers so that they are closer together. This is part of the process behind the trimming of the now thinner Air 2.
The A7X chipset featured on the iPad Air is no longer present, as the new chipset on the iPad Air 2 is the A8X chipset which comes with a higher clock speed than even the A8 chip featured on the new Apple flagship smartphones.
There is also an M8 co-processor that helps the device by taking over some of the processing duties, helping the device be more energy efficient in the same time.
Although there is an improvement in terms of camera specs present as the new iPad Air 2 receives an 8 MP lens, it is still behind the now older iPhone 5C in terms of photographic performance. Although that is the case, the fact remains that the original iPad Air had only 5 MP so any improvement is well received, presumably.
The 8 MP camera on the new tablet can record 1080p video, so even though it is not 4k, it’s still full HD. Time lapse options are available on the new tablet with 120fps and 720p video recording options put at the user’s disposal.
The Air 2 doesn’t come with an upgraded battery, but the existing battery model assures users of 10 hours of WiFi web browsing, due to the fact that the iPad tablets are known for having a pretty good battery life.
The iPad Air 2 features enough changes as compared to the iPad Air to be considered an upgrade, but it doesn’t feature any major changes like the ones users can see in the transition from the iPhone 5S to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The iPad Air 2 continues Apple’s ongoing philosophy of selling the tablet with a starting price of $499, with the price tag boosted by $100 for each subsequent variant.