Apple iPad Air 2 goes official: world's thinnest tablet

The Apple iPad Air 2 has just gone official, and it’s even thinner than before. The new iPad Air 2 is just 6.1mm (0.24”) thick, allowing Apple to claim the 'world's thinnest tablet' title with it. That's 18% less than the already thin 7.5mm on last year's iPad Air.

The iPad Air 2 features a 9.7-inch display, the same size as before, but this time the screen has been laminated: we have the LCD, cover glass, and touch sensor optically fused, thus eliminating gaps and allowing for these new, very slim profile. The new slate is also lighter, weighing 0.96 pounds, while last year's Air tipped the scales at exactly 1 pound.

Apple A8X: 3 billion transistors

The other big highlight of the new iPad Air 2 is the Apple A8X chip with 64-bit architecture and 3 billion transistors. In comparison, the Apple A8 in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus features 2 billion transistors, while the A7 featured 1 billion. We can also safely assume that the new A8X is manufactured using the 20nm process.

In practical terms, Apple's A8X comes with a 40% faster CPU than the one in the iPad Air with Apple A7. The bigger jump comes in GPU performance where we're looking at a 2.5 times faster speeds. The latter, combined with the new Metal APIs (that Apple claims are 10 times more efficient than OpenGL) is bound to allow for more immersive games.

The new iPad Air 2 also features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor with support for Apple Pay. The M8 motion co-processor from the A8 is also on board on the tablet.

Refreshed camera: 8-megapixel, with slow motion

The cameras on the iPad Air 2 have also gotten a refresh. The new tablet now features an 8-megapixel camera, up from the 5-megapixel shooter in the previous generations. This new camera has a sensor with 1.12 micron pixels (smaller than the 1.5 micron pixels on the iPhone 6, for instance), with a lens with f/2.4 aperture.

This new camera is capable of recording video at up to 1080p Full HD resolution, and the whole imaging experience is powered by a new and more powerful image signal processor in the Apple A8X. The front-facing FaceTime camera features a 1.2-megapixel resolution with 720p HD video recording.

Connectivity: LTE bands galore, a new Apple SIM

The new iPad Air 2 gets a twice as fast Wi-Fi 802.11ac connection with MIMO support, and can now reach download speeds of up to 866Mbps.

The cellular modem of the tablet, on the other hand, supports a whopping 20 4G LTE bands with speeds reaching as much as 150Mbps on the downlink. Interestingly, a brand new Apple SIM card comes pre-installed, allowing you to easily pick between different carriers, so that you can easily get a short-term plan that works best for you at that moment. Neatly, you can also use this to grab a local data card when roaming and use local tariffs rather than paying hefty fees.

Battery life

With all of this, the iPad Air 2 has retained its excellent, 10-hour battery life. The 10-hour longevity is a battery standard that Apple has adhered to ever since it launched the first iPad, and it's impressive that the company manages to pack a large enough battery in the very slim iPad Air 2 body.

Apple iPad Air 2: release date and price

The Apple iPad Air 2 now arrives in three colors with the new one being gold. The prices remain as before, but there is a slight change in capacity, similar to what we've seen on the iPhones:

  • 16GB iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi/LTE: $499/$629
  • 64GB iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi/LTE: $599/$729
  • 128GB iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi/LTE: $699/$829
The iPad Air 2 release date is set for Friday, October 24th, but you'd be able to pre-order it tomorrow, on October 17th.

Related phones

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. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

inb4doesitbend? #nobendgate2

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Best tablet ever

40. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

World's thinnest tablet ?? What about dell venue 8 7000....its just 6mm...

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Oh, it's thinner!. This is so amazing. /sarcasm

3. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

thinner mean its going to bend useless ipad

10. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

So it's useless because it may bend ? Seems Legit.

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

*Leems Segit

16. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Nope, but of course it 'bends' if enough force is paced upon it as it's made of relatively maleable/soft aluminum alloy. Anyway... So it's essentially the same device that happens to be .5mm thinner than the Galaxy Tab S for no other reason than to claim that it's the thinnest tablet - Sure Whatever. What about it's weight - As that's far more important than shaving some 1mm or so? ...and what's this silly obsession Apple currently has with jumping from 16gb to 64gb of storage? Just make 32gb the Base Storage and Be Done With It, especially as 16gb (some 12.6 available) is absolutely useless on an iOS device that now requires nearly 5gb free just to perform a simple OTA OS update. Speaking of OS updates... What's with keeping the OG iPad Mini (A5 SoC) around another year when the A5 Soc can barely handle iOS 8, effectively making the device near-obsolete to those buying it in likely less than a year or so when iOS 9 is released (or will they simply change the ABOUT screen to a new number without adding any of the new features)? At least the price of the iPad Mini 2nd generation's price is now a far more reasonable US 299.00.

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

2020 : Introducing iPad Air 7 It's so thin it's almost 'air'. Just 1mm :D /s Btw this is a great tab , will wait to see new features :)

17. HamzAmin

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

With Apple there is no such thing as 'New Features'

5. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

this will bend more easily than iphone 6

8. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

6 plus*

11. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Can we now stop with the #bendgate BS? Just so stupid.

21. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Exactly, +1.

32. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

the excuse for the phone bending was that it could suffer that treatment in your pocket. what will it be for ipads? "what if slammed your sorry a** onto the ipad when it was resting on a chair"?

37. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Lets discuss #gamergate than........

41. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Why should people stop? You should call them out on it so people don't get ripped off. In fact, people should call them out more for other things like their ridiculous pricing. #pricegate should be started.

6. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

prepare to #bendgate v2 LOL

7. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014


9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Meanwhile, Sony confirmed Lollipop for the entire Z series.

12. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Off-topic comments incoming.

13. TGreg104

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

Someone, please, tell me how this is worthy of a pin to the top of the articles..... A) this is PHONE arena, not tablet. I get it, they encompass everything that is mobile tech. But still, this is just a new release. B) this tablet is almost exactly the same. sure, they bill the "3 billion transistors" because its an extreme number and most if not all of the consumers will not even know what that means. ("whoa bro, did you see that knew iPad thing? The really thin one? They said it has 3 million or billion transistor things." "whats that mean?" "I don't know, but I want it") C.) Google just dropped the official announcements for their new OS, New nexus phone, and new nexus tablet (which appears to be much more revolutionary than this ipad) and they get barely any love. We get it, phone arena, theres another new 700$ ipad. cool.

23. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

I know right?! Android + Two Nexus devices get little to no attention, but two Apple tablets get a freaking banner on the main page + six or seven articles (by tomorrow there should be at least fifty). How... professional.

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Who cares about a Nexus? I mean, go outside ask every people what a Nexus is, you'll get a handful. Ask what an iPad is, you'll get plenty. So many articles = many clicks = many ad exposure = many money. But articles here became redundant,

35. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Who cares about Android* Your answer, please.

36. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah everybody cares about Android. But when you say about Android, Galaxy, Xperia, HTC, Moto and others will be the first to think. Average joes does little know about Nexus which is targetted to geeks and developers. I too have a Nexus 7 so I know how it feels everytime someone ask what my tablet is. It is not popular as the iPad.

38. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

maybe you live in Non-Tech area

39. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That's racist.

15. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Once again, Apple and their iHerd only care about thinness. Honestly though, Apple's tablets are nowhere near as overpriced as their phones. $499 for 16GB Wi-Fi isn't bad...

18. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Allright, allright.. it´s very thin... but does it have anything new, productive wise?

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