iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs iPad 2: specs comparison

iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs iPad 2: specs comparison
Well, even though we weren't exactly caught by surprise by the offerings of the fifth-generation iPad, Apple has at least surprised us with the name of its new full-sized tablet. So, here it is, the iPad Air, and boy does it deserve the new name! The iPad Air is extremely thin and weighs just 16.86 oz (478 g), which is a great improvement compared to the iPad 4's 23.35 oz (662 g). So, that's OK, but what about the other specs of the new tablet? How's good's the new processor, how does it compare to its predecessor? And perhaps even more importantly, exactly how does it compare to the specs sheet of the iPad 2? Why is that? Well, it's because the iPad 2 actually stays on sale as a more affordable tablet starting at $399.

As you can imagine, starting November 1, there will be a lot of users wondering which one to pick up, and so what better way to find out than to take a close look at the exact differences between the two? Of course, keep in mind that specs aren't all, and there are some things that cannot be seen or felt on paper, but still, a good old specs comparison remains one of the most informative ways of finding out which device would be best for you. Isn't that right?

Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad 4 vs Apple iPad 2


Display size

9.7 inches
9.7 inches
9.7 inches


2048 x 1536 pixels
2048 x 1536 pixels
1024 x 768 pixels

Pixel density

264 ppi
264 ppi
132 ppi




71.65 %
65.03 %
65.03 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A7
Apple A6X
Apple A5


Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1400 MHz
Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9


PowerVR G6430
PowerVR SGX554
PowerVR SGX543MP2


1 GB
0.5 GB DDR2

Internal storage

128 GB
128 GB
64 GB


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)
iOS (9.x, 8.x, 7.x, 6.1, 6, 5.1, 5, 4.x)



8820 mAh
6944 mAh



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
0.7 megapixels


Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


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

Video recording

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

Recording format

H.264, MOV


Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Digital image stabilization
Video calling


1.2 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
0.3 megapixels VGA

Video capture

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD)
640x480 (VGA) (30 fps)



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)
9.50 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches (241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm)


16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (587 g)
23.35 oz (662 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (587 g)
21.62 oz (613 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (587 g)


Back: Aluminum

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 929
$ 799



1. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

iPad 'Air' = Thinner/lighter/New SoC, yet still runs the same apps and has the same functionality/features. iPad 2 = Same device many have owned and liked for some 3 years now, though this time it won't likely see another major OS update due to its limited SoC/RAM. iPad Mini 2 = Better display, updated SoC, same design, functionality and features with a serious price hike. iPad Mini = Same device with (perplexingly) a mere US 30.00 price drop. ... and There You Have It!

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm more concerned as to why the iPad 2 hasn't dropped in price. Who in their right mind will buy it for $399.99?

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You've underestimated Apple fans !

6. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Like they could tell the difference, its all the SAME

4. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

ipad 2 is just a rip off, its that simple, everything else is fine but the ipad 2 at 399 which is nearly 3 year old hardware with no future proofing spec is just ridiculous

5. Arsen

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

I still got my iPad 2 which i bought in 2011 and still using it. No problems atm because i didnt update it to iOS 7. IOS7 is lagging like hell. Btw im no fanboy my phone is htc one

7. papss unregistered

I feel you there.. i updated my iPad 4 and regret it.. it's for sure less smooth.

9. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Same story on my iPad 3, which is inferior to your iPad 4 hardware-wise. Yet the iPhone 5s runs iOS7 like butter which makes me think that the OS is optimized for the new 64 bit A7. I have noticed that with the latest software update (7.0.3) it is a LITTLE smoother, though.

8. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012


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