Apple iPad Air 2: all the new features

Apple iPad Air 2: all the new features
Just hours ago, Tim Cook and company took up to the stage at a private event at Apple's Cupertino campus to announce its latest additions to the iPad line -- the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Now, if we have to be completely honest, the latter doesn't bring much new to the tablet with the exception of TouchID, but that's not at all the case with the former, which obviously received much more attention from Apple -- both back at the lab and on stage.

The iPad Air 2 improves over its predecessor on several fronts -- design, performance, the imaging experience, and a bunch more -- and even scores a few firsts, both for the iPad family and the industry. So what exactly did changed in particular? Let's go through this step by step.

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iPad Air 2
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8X, Triple-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 7340 mAh



1. mogtabamn

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

This is awsem


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

skinnier, lighter, faster, and 75million iClan spend another annual $600! lofl!

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and another rip off!!

17. infinitymurano2012

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Ok Droidhead, you made your point, now go to bed, past your your bedtime.

31. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

skinnier, lighter, faster, and...... bendier?

33. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

Really?? Do you put your tablet in your front or back pocket??

7. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Finally a decent upgrade for my iPad 2, currently deciding between Sony Z3 Tablet Compact and this.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Neither is good.

11. 21babydoll12 unregistered

Another year and I'm still going to hold onto to my old ipad. It's served me well. But I'm holding off on a z3 tablet announcement. Plzzzzzzzzzzz sony. 805 with same omni balance and battery life is all I need. Although I'm wishing sony would put a homebrew processor with Nvidia gpu in their xperia.

2. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

This new iPad is not bad, but as for the mini, that's a worthless cash grab if there ever was one.

34. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I am surprised Apple didn't put the better camera and processor in the Mini. The mini is a big let down because of this if you ask me. The air 2 looks impressive though. Amazing to me how thin they made it.

3. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

The thinnest tablet is not iPad Air 2. That title goes to Dell Venue 8 7000 series 8inch model :D

4. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Which, from what I know, isn't market ready.

14. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

& from what i know, the iPad Air 2 has not hit the market either..!!

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let's just say, it's the thinnest tablet that matters then.

5. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

The lighting on that first pic makes it look curved. Just saying.

9. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lame Dell Venue still thinner Thanks for trying apple, see yah next year...

10. jm1226

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

So... Touch ID should have been on the first iPad air and they did nothing else. Great tablet

12. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Just wait for Lewis from Unbox Therapy to show us the new iBend feature on the iPad Air 2,...LOL!!!

13. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Looks nice but how much the RAM amount under the hood??

16. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

2GB of RAM

35. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Apple didn't mention that on their keynote and I suppose if they had amped RAM, they would've made a big fanfare of that. There were lots of rumors about iPad Air 2 having 2 gigs of RAM but nothing tangible. What is your source about it?

19. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

iPads feel like they are losing their ground since 2013. The Note 10.1 2014 edition was far more refined than the iPad released in that year. Not to mention the Tab S this year going against the iPad Air 2. iPads are always the same. Slap new 'improved' camera, 'A8', thinner body and so on...let's call it a new tab.

20. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Well, iOS devices are simple platforms that depend on the App Store. For Apple, they only need to keep incrementally solidifying and bettering the ground work. Third party developers take care of the rest. Boring? Maybe. Flatlining? Far, far from it.

21. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

It is people preferences and how they use their tablets. My opinion is, iOS suits better for tablet and Android suits better for smartphones. I never prefer any android tablet since the security is a concern with the open source OS. So, Since i do internet banking through tablet i prefer ipad.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Open source has security issue? Why would bank, military and other high security sites choose it. They choose it because they want to know exactly what does into the codes and whether there any back door. My company use both Microsoft and Open OS. Microsoft is deploy for admin and application platform. While open source take care of infrastructure and security needs.

24. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I have heard so many hacking problems in the Android platform. Few weeks back one big issue were going on here in Malaysia about hacking bank account details and looting the money. Only iDevices were announced by the police as safe to do the banking.

23. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Not enough of an upgrade for me. Surface Pro 3 here I come!

25. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Wonder if the audio quality suffered a downgrade like the iPhone 6. Apparently Apple hasn't figured out how to include a high quality audio system in a "thin" device.

27. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Just another issue to add to the list of compromises for thinness...

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