Apple announced the iPad Air 2 today, along with a couple more products (iPad mini 3 and retina iMac). In keeping with the trend of thinning down their devices, the iPad Air 2 features an unbelievable thickness of 6.1mm – that's thinner than your iPhone 6 now.
There's a lot more to the iPad Air 2 features than the thinness. Here’s a wrap up of all the features of what is going to be Apple’s flagship tablet in the market.
The Thinnest Tablet Yet: 6.1mm
The iPad Air 2 is not just the thinnest iPad, it’s also the thinnest tablet ever made so far. At 6.1mm, here are some interesting tidbits about the new iPad Air 2:
- It's 18% thinner than iPad Air
- If you stack two iPad Air 2’s, the total thickness will still be thinner than the original iPad
- The new iPad Air 2 is thinner than your iPhone 6 (and 6+ of course)
- It's almost the same thickness as an iPod Touch 5th generation
New Retina Display
The iPad Air 2 will feature an all-new retina display. One key feature that was highlighted at the event was the new, optically-bonded LCD, glass and touch sensor.
The iPad Air featured a display where there was an air-gap between these. In the iPad Air 2, these parts are bonded together into one thin frame. This makes it possible for the engineers to reduce the thickness of the device.
Another update is the laminated screen with an anti-reflective coating. Schiller said that no other tablet has ever featured this. With this anti-reflective coating on the screen, the reflections are reduced by 56% – meaning, more clarity under any lighting.
A8X and M8
The iPad Air 2 will feature the A8X processor: an upgrade to the A8 chip that runs the iPhone 6 and 6+. Some specs are as follows:
- it’s a 64-bit processor, naturally
- it’s 40% faster than the A7X
- the CPU performance is 12x more than the original iPad
- graphics performance is at 180x more than the original iPad
The iPad Air 2 also features the M8 chip, the same one that powers motion-tracking in iPhone 6/6+. And yes, the M8 is capable of tracking elevation/climb too.
The iPad Air 2 will feature a 10-hour battery life on routine usage.
TouchID: Now On Your iPad
Users who are now used to the TouchID on their iPhones (5s/6/6+) will no longer feel odd when using their iPad. If you rely on the TouchID to authenticate logins and payments on your iPhone, you can continue that on your iPad Air 2 too. The iPad Air 2 features the TouchID home button, as was rumored a long time ago.
There are some improvements to the camera but Cook and team seem to be promoting the iPad too as a device that should be used to click more pictures and videos.
So much so that Schiller got two demos on stage from Pixelmator and Replay to show how iPad Air 2’s camera, processor and the apps collaborate to create stunning visual imagery.
The iSight Camera:
- 8MP, 1.12 micron pixels
- f/2.4 aperture
- can do 1080p HD videos
- Burst Mode
That’s right. All the features on the iPhone are now coming to the iPad Air 2: slo-motion, timelapse and burst mode.
The FaceTime camera too gets some improvements including the f/2.2 aperture.
The iPad Air 2 follows iPhone’s lead. We will no longer see the 32GB iPad.
The iPad Air 2 will be available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. (Prices at the bottom)
The iPad Air 2 will feature:
- faster Wi-Fi (upt o 2.8x)
- over 20 LTE bands
- Apple Pay for online purchases via apps
iPad Air 2 Prices:
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iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-fi version. $599 and $699 for 64GB and 128GB. The Wi-fi+Cellular version will be $130 more than the Wi-Fi-only models.
You can start pre-ordering the iPad Air 2 now. Shipping starts in about a week (but may get later depending on the demand)