by Shane Roberts
iPad Air 2 is a smaller iPad than the iPad Air. No, the screen isn’t smaller, but the body of the iPad is thinner. Apple has shaved 18% off the body of the iPad, making it a remakably 6.1 mm thin, and only .96 of a pound.
Apple tweaked the display to not only achieve the thinner body, but also to give much more vivid colors and better overall contrast. The iPad Air 2 also has an improved antireflective coating to help with any glare you get when looking at the screen.
The under the hood performance
iPad Air 2 got a very good speed bump with the addition of the brand new Apple A8X processor. Faster than even the iPhone 6 chip, the A8X is really designed to improve the graphic perfomance of the iPad Air 2. Not only is the iPad going to be much more snappy and responsive, but also with apps that handle video and graphic rendering things will look sharper and run better. Overall, the new chip in the iPad Air 2 is 40% faster than the original iPad Air, and it also has 2.5x faster graphics performance.
Apple has integrated Touch ID into iPad Air 2, so now you can login and authorize various things with just a touch of your finger. You can also use Apple Pay for in-app orders (app support required) with the addition of Touch ID.
Apple has added a much improved camera to the iPad Air 2. The iSight camera on the back is 8 megapixels, and has the same focus pixel technology as the iPhone 6. Apple has also added features like super slo-mo (120-fps), Time-lapse video, high resolution panorama, and more to the new iSight. The FaceTime HD camera on the front also was improved. Apple improved the aperture on the FaceTime HD camera to allow for cleaner, clearer photos/videos in lower light conditions.
Just like iPhone 6, Apple added improved WiFi to iPad Air 2 with 802.11ac, which can be up to 3x faster than before. Also, Apple has added better LTE on cellular models, which is also faster, up to 150mbps.
Now, if you choose an iPad Air 2, you can select from three different capacity sizes – 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The 32GB option is no longer available.
You can still pick from the regular silver or space gray, but you can also pick a gold option as well.
For all pricing and options, click here to see the various iPad Air and iPad Air 2 choices now available.