Apple iPad Air 2 vs Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad 4: specs comparison

Apple iPad Air 2 vs Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad 4: specs comparison
They might not have grown in size, but Apple's hot-out-of-the-oven new iPads are surely top notch when it comes to internal hardware prowess (compared to their predecessors, that is). Both tablets have been refreshed with an Apple A8X chipset, a custom version of the 64-bit Apple A8 SoC found inside the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which is a first for Apple and cements the future-proofness of its brand new tablets. 

Frankly said, the improvements are not many, but they are mostly spot on. As we said, they sport most of the bells and whistles that the latest two generations of iPhones had in store, such as the Touch ID fingerprint sensor under the home button, support for Apple's Pay on-the-move payment system, and several other novelties. Then again, are these improvements enough to deem the new iPad Air vastly superior to its predecessor? Or the new slate is nothing but a minor improvement over last year's Apple iPad Air?

We decided to pit the new iPad Air 2 against its prequel and see what's happening specs-wise. We've also thrown in the older Apple iPad 4 for a good measure as well.

Apple iPad Air 2 vs Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad 4

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Display

Size

9.7 inches
9.7 inches
9.7 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

71.65 %
71.65 %
65.03 %

Features

Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A8X
Apple A7
Apple A6X

Processor

Triple-core, 1500 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1400 MHz

GPU

PowerVR GXA6850
PowerVR G6430
PowerVR SGX554

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
1GB LPDDR3
1GB

Internal storage

128GB
128GB
128GB

OS

iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
iOS (10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x, 6.1, 6)

Battery

Capacity

7340 mAh
8820 mAh
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 31 mm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
Aperture size: F2.4

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

H.264, MOV
H.264, MOV
 

Features

Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
EIS

Front

1.2 MP
1.2 MP
1.2 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD)

Design

Dimensions

9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 inches (240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm)
9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)
9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches (241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm)

Weight

15.41 oz (437 g)
the average is 16.6 oz (475 g)
16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 16.6 oz (475 g)
23.35 oz (662 g)
the average is 16.6 oz (475 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
 
 

Shopping information

MSRP

$ 829
$ 929
$ 799



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iPad Air 2
  • Display 9.7 inches
    2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8X, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 7340 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPad Air
  • Display 9.7 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 8820 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
iPad 4
  • Display 9.7 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A6X, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • OS iOS 10.x

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