Finally, the second-generation iPad Air, which now sports a 9.7-inch slate that Apple has brought to the stage has officially unveiled, and as well as Touch ID, got an A8X processor is the fastest and the world’s 6.7mm thinnest tablet launched.
Features and Specs
Touch ID, actually made its debut with the last year’s iPhone 5s, and got many uses far beyond unlocking. Users can however set the feature to skip the tiresome process of keying in Apple ID passwords every time, and with the iOS 8.1 rolling out on Monday (October 20) with Apple Pay support, bringing the third-party integration, apps like 1Password and as many mobile banking utilities have already taken full advantage.
Now, the Apple’s Fingerprint sensor, which wasn’t as useful on the iPad as the iPhone. Once the iPad Air 2 finally hits the stores, we look forword to testing it out on the larger-displaying tablet.
Processor on the iPad Air 2 integrated with an A8X CPU, which is a 64-bit processor and is a slightly more adept variant of the A8 found in the new iPhones. Profiles wise, the iPad Air 2 looks the same as its predecessor, but it is 18% thinner than the previous generation iPad Air at 6.1mm. The CPU is 12 times faster than the first iPad and the GPU is 180 times faster. It has M8 co-processor, similar to iPhone 6.
The iPad Air 2 display remains the same resolution and sharpness as its predecessor. Rumors flyed around claiming that the next iPad Air would follow the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus with Apple’s so called “Retina HD” technology. Nevertheless, the current 2048 x 1536 configuration is enough “Retina” and “HD” is plenty.
The iPad Air 2 Camera – boasts an 8-megapixel iSight rear-facing shooter and exclusively, with 1.12 micron pixels, f/2.4 aperture and 1080p video recording and a new FaceTime HD camera with new sensor and f/2.2 aperture. Apple has thrown a Burst Shot Mode into the mix to appease those who are into action shots. Video fanatics are also tossed in Slo-Mo feature, which first introduced with the 5s.
Notably, the new iPad Air 2 can shoot 43-megapixel panoramas, and can now shoot timelapse videos. And the front facing camera has also been improved, and the new FaceTime HD shooter ensures that your selfies and video calls come out great whenever, wherever.
Connectivity option on the iPad Air 2 includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, and on the cellular front, Apple’s new tablet now supports even more LTE bands with speeds of up to 150Mbps. The LTE version now has support for 20 LTE bands, similar to iPhone 6.
Software on the iPad Air 2 will run on iOS 8 out of the box and obviously runs on iOS 8.1 from Monday and if you’re looking for all-round productivity on Apple’s famed mobile software, then the Air 2 is arguably the more favorable choice as opposed to the mini 3. The iPad Air 2 has 10 hours of battery life, which is a lot enough to get you through some books and Wi-Fi browsing outdoors.
Like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2 is now available in 16, 64 and 128GB storage configurations. Available in three colors: Space Grey, Silver and Gold.
Apple iPad Air 2 Specifications
- 9.7 inch Fully laminated Retina Display with 2048×1536 resolution at 264 ppi, Antireflective coating
- 6.1 mm thick, weighs 437 g (WiFi) / 444 g (WiFi + Cellular)
- A8 chip with 2nd gen 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor
- Touch ID fingerprint sensor
- Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0
- 8 Mp iSight 1080p camera, f/2.4 aperture, Panorama (up to 43MP)
- 1.2MP HD front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture
- 16/64/128GB variants
- 27.3-watt-hour battery with up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
You can buy Smart Covers and Smart Cases for the iPad Air 2 directly from Apple, and are available in seven different color options.
The pricing structure of the new iPad Air is as follows:
iPad Air 2 – 16GB Wi-Fi: $499
iPad Air 2 – 64GB Wi-Fi: $599
iPad Air 2 – 128GB Wi-Fi: $699
iPad Air 2 – 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $629
iPad Air 2 – 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $729
iPad Air 2 – 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $829
The iPad Air 2 will hit the market on October 24th in the United States, United Kingdom, and a cluster of other nations, and pre-orders start from October 17th.