On October 16, 2014, Apple introduced the updated iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tablets in Cupertino. Apple tablets have not changed in terms of design, but have gained new specifications. So the iPad Air 2 model received a new 64-bit processor, an improved camera and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi interface. In addition, the tablet has acquired a new generation Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a new version of the golden color. But what is the difference between iPad Air and iPad Air 2?
- “Iron” filling
- Slim body
- New 8 megapixel camera
- New display cover
- Touch ID and new interfaces
- Starting price
The Air 2 tablet received an all-new 64-bit Apple processor with the A8X marking operating at 1.4 GHz. Recall that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are equipped with the usual Apple A8. In the A8X pair, the M8 coprocessor is working for processing movements, and the PowerVR G6430 chip is responsible for the graphics. The graphics of the second “air” iPad are two and a half times more productive than the chip installed in the first generation iPad Air. As for the processor, the A8X is 40% more powerful than the A7.
At the presentation, Apple compared the graphics and processors with the first generation iPad. It turned out that the current A8X processor processes information 12 times faster than the processor of the first iPad, and its graphics are 120 times faster.
Alas, the “second” Air will not be sold from the version with 32 gigabytes of memory, as it was with the first generation iPad Air. Only versions with 16, 64 and 128 GB of internal memory are available.
The Apple iPad Air 2 is once again the thinnest tablet in the world with a thickness of just 6.1 millimeters. The difference between the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 in thickness is 1.4 mm. As for the width and height of the case, they remained the same: 240×169.5 mm, but the weight decreased by 31 grams. In terms of design, the iPad of the “sixth” generation has not changed much, but a new fashionable color of the case has appeared. Golden. The buttons on the ends of the tablet changed slightly, and the lever for switching the automatic rotation of the screen disappeared.
New 8 megapixel camera
In addition to the slim body and improved hardware, the new iPad has an 8-megapixel iSight camera module with f / 2.4. In terms of image quality, this module is comparable to the iPhone 5 camera. Recall that in the first generation Air, a five-megapixel photo module was installed.
The Air 2 camera learned to shoot at 120 fps (slow motion), as well as in Full HD quality. In addition, burst shooting and the creation of a 43-megapixel panorama are available. The front-facing FaceTime HD module remains the same. 1.2 megapixels with the ability to shoot HD-video.
New display cover
The touch screen of the tablet remained unchanged: all the same 9.7 inches of the Retina display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. But the main difference between the iPad Air and the iPad Air 2 is that Apple used a new laminated coating that eliminates the air gap between the sensor and the glass, and makes the tablet thinner by half a millimeter.
The special anti-reflective coating, first introduced on the iPhone 6, allows the user to better perceive the picture from the screen in sunny weather.
Touch ID and new interfaces
Introduced in September 2014, the iPhone 6/6 Plus smartphones are equipped with a new generation fingerprint scanner. IPad Air 2 did not go unnoticed: the second generation fingerprint scanner Touch ID appeared instead of the mechanical Home button. There was no such scanner in the previous Air.
In addition, the 6th generation iPad has a built-in Wi-Fi standard 802.11a / c with MIMO, with which data transfer is much faster.
Apple’s new product at the start will cost significantly more than the first-generation Air. Last year, a 16-gigabyte version of the iPad Air cost 20 thousand rubles. The cost of a new tablet with the same amount of memory will be 25 thousand rubles.
As a result, domestic users will have to fork out for another 5 thousand rubles for the updated hardware, thin body, Touch ID and new interfaces. A comparative table of the two “air” iPad is presented below: