Here's what steps Apple took to make the iPad Air 2 a super-thin tablet

Here's what steps Apple took to make the iPad Air 2 a super-thin tablet
So, you're hyped about the freshly announced iPad Air 2 and are itching to get your hands on one ASAP? Cool, here's what to expect, as far as the exterior is concerned:

Apple had to move some things around, in order to achieve the super-thin 0.24" profile. The first thing you might notice is the lack of the physical "mute" switch that used to be located just above the volume buttons. For better or for worse – instead of redesigning it, Apple decided to do away with it entirely – probably due to the fact that the Control Center, introduced back with iOS 7, already gives quick enough access to the functions that the on/off side switch was assignable to.

Secondly, you will notice that the volume buttons are not lying straight on the side of the device, perpendicular to the screen, as they do on the iPhones. No, no, ain't nobody got room for that – the buttons are instead slightly tilted, face outwards the back of the tablet.

Of course, there had to be more to be done, than just move buttons around. Apple had to re-do the way it produced the iPad screens, in order to end up with a thinner frontal panel and, in turn, more room for the components that power the device. So, to do that, Cupertinians combined the 3 components that usually make up a touchscreen – the LCD at the bottom, touch-sensor in the middle, and protective glass at the top. According to Apple, the three layers have been combined into one, saving much room for the guts below the screen.

What this should mean to you is that the picture will seem, even if slightly so, more alive, closer, and "popping up" from the screen, due to the fact that there will be less layers of material between the LCD and your eyes.

We've heard about this tech before – Apple is said to employ the same (or similar) technology for its iPhone 6 screens. Reports claimed that it's pretty hard to achieve a good production yield for the larger iPhone 6 Plus displays, which is the reason why there have been less phablets to sell, ever since launch. We wonder if the same will hold true for the new iPads?

source: Apple

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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. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This obsession with thinness has gone too far...

7. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Agree 100 percent

14. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Agree. Now the question is: Will it bend?

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

sad its not the thinnest here is a 5.9 tablet i wish apple would stop this stupid thin crap they keep saying, they should just say here is the same looking and same os tablet but new and a few mm thinner, oh and the battery is smaller, but the cpu is a power saver so you not getting anything new just thinner,

2. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

I reckon it bends.

3. TheDave1022

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Bigger Battery > Thinner device

4. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Any thinner and it will disappear.


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Sad, nothing innovative

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

it will make this even easier to bend.

8. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

So it is barely thinner than the Galaxy Tab S (6.6 mm to 6.1 mm) yet it is heavier than a tablet with a 10.5" screen (.65 lb to .96 lb). One top of the fact Apple doubles the Bezel size of the Tab S. But it is thinner so yet again way to go Apple with the innovation.

9. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

If you have to start removing things to make it thinner, it is already thin enough. I would love for OEMs to put in bigger batteries, instead of shrinking the package. Phones and tablets. I think the new iPad and the Tab S are too thin

10. poppy.a

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Tab s > I pad

12. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah it is thicker, we already know that.

11. poppy.a

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Tab s > I pad

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Nexus 9 killed both of em for me, thanks to 4:3 display alone!

15. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Just stop repeating the lie that it's the thinnest tablet, it's not .

17. engineer-1701d unregistered


18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

there are ways to make ipads even thinner and they will probably get thnner. I just hope they do not get so then they will easily break if you accidently sit on one or put something heavy on them. Folks I hope Microsoft does not get STUPID and make the Surface Pro 4 so thin it will loose it's full sized USB port in fact it needs a second USB port. Folks there is a need for a thicker tablet that has a full size Ethernet port, full size USB, and an input and output full size HDMI 2 ports because real expensive Professional gear and HDTV"s do not use Mini ports. PRO gear use's industrial full size cords folks. consumers can keep the smaller cheap cords and connectors

19. iampun33t

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Isnt combining Screen+Touch Sensor+Glass already exist before as OGS? I am not sure but if it did then Apple hasn't done any innovation in that department! Also when you need to remove things to make it thinner, you should probably realize that its already thin enough. And removing things (features/utilities like mute switch, smaller battery etc.) means cutting corners and going for form over function. Hence Apple is no longer innovating but cutting corners and throwing away functionality to give people a "thinnest" tablet. Even then they go on stage and lie outright to the people claiming iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet. Its not. and even if it was, thats nothing to boast about when you had to cut corners and remove key functionality.

21. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

lookup Wikipedia for "Super AMOLED", tech Samsung has been using since the original Galaxy S (2010?) they likely aren't the only one either.

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Of course, Apple was too lazy to figure out how to include a mute switch. They could have used a simple spring-loaded push switch. Or a smaller sliding switch (vs. flipping). Jony Ive needs a Steve Jobs to tell him "no". With just Ive at the helm, everything that people love about Apple is being sacrificed on the bonfire of "thin".

22. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

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