October 2014 is the month celebrated as a launchpad at Apple as the new iPad Air 2 has come on the market. The successor of iPad Air is here and this revamped version costs around $500. The other gadgets, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been rolled out too. Besides technicalities and other features both smartphones are better and slimmer than previous iPhones. Looking at the specifications of both 2013 iPad Air and 2014 iPad Air 2, we see a few changes here and there. Lets see what makes the new product really special.
First impressions of iPad Air 2 as compared to iPad Air include few physical changes like the latest offering is lighter(0.96 pounds) as compared to the 1.05 pounds iPad Air. The display size of the LED screen is same, 9.7 inches. But the display has been improved in terms of anti-glare coating and more streamlined design. Air 2 hosts a Touch ID sensor, which can grab your fingerprint and verify your identity. The home button is your fingerprint sensor, which will come handy when you use latest services like Apple Pay on your new iPad Air 2. The old Air misses this latest Touch ID and recognition appeal.
The rear camera that received negative reviews when the first generation iPad Air was launched is corrected. The upgraded iPad Air 2 hosts an 8 MP rear camera with iSight feature to click amazing pictures and record high-definition videos with it. IOS 8 is also responsible for the camera spec improvements. Coming to the processor, both devices work flawlessly. Air 2’s processor matches iPhone 6’s processor A8, whereas the predecessor Air had A7 processor. The CPU performance is extremely high in the new version. Similarly with high speed processing, graphical outputs have also been optimized. Gamers will feel at home on the new iPad Air 2.
The tablet arrives on October 24th and stores are already flooded with pre-orders. The review of specifications helps to decide on the gadget and filters all the rumors as well. Check out our final word if you are keen on buying iPad Air 2 or iPad Air from Apple.
Final Word: The new Air 2 surely wins on novelty and additional specs like A8 processor, an 8MP camera and Touch ID sensor, but if you already have an iPad Air you are in good hands. But if you are to buy an iPad for the first time, go with the best till date that is iPad Air 2. The price of the old Air model might have dropped but it no way lessens its abilities. Also comparatively iPad Air 2’s is expensive($100 more than iPad Air) but Apple never promised discounts on innovation.
Here is the Specifications breakdown of iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air:
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Air
|Size||9.4 x 6.6 x .24 (in)||9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 (in)|
|Weight||0.96 pounds||1.05 pounds|
|Display||9.7- inch LED||9.7-inch LED|
|Resolution||2048 x 1536 pixels||2048 x 1536 pixels|
|OS||iOS 8||iOS 8|
|Storage||16, 32, 64, or 128GB||16, 32, 64, or 128GB|
|Processor||A8X chip and M8 coprocessor||A7 chip and M7 coprocessor|
|Camera||Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP||Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP|
|Video||Front 720p HD, Rear 1080p HD||Front 720p HD, Rear 1080p HD|
|Connectivity||802.11 ac 4G LTE, HSPA +, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11 a/g/b/n 4G LTE, HSPA+, Bluetooh 4.0|
|Sensors||Barometer, Three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor||Three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor|
|Battery||8820mAh, 10 hours of Web use via Wi-Fi||8820mAh, 10 hours of Web use via Wi-Fi|
|Charger||Lightening connector||Lightning connector|