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.

Display

Size

9.7 inches
9.7 inches
9.7 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

65.03 %
71.65 %
71.65 %

Features

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

Hardware

System chip

Apple A6X
Apple A7
Apple A8X

Processor

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

GPU

PowerVR SGX554
PowerVR G6430
PowerVR GXA6850

RAM

1GB
1GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

128GB
128GB
128GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

 
8820 mAh
7340 mAh

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

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

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Recording format

 
H.264, MOV
H.264, MOV

Features

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

Front

1.2 MP
1.2 MP
1.2 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

23.35 oz (662.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
16.86 oz (478.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
15.41 oz (437.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)

Materials

 
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (touch)

Buyers information

Price

$ 799
$ 929
$ 829
See the full Apple iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad Air 2 specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.



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iPad Air 2

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.0
  • 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

PhoneArena Score:

9.2

User Score:

8.2
  • 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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