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

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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 %
65.03 %
65.03 %

Features

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

Hardware

System chip

Apple A7
Apple A6X
Apple A5

Processor

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

GPU

PowerVR G6430
PowerVR SGX554
PowerVR SGX543MP2

RAM

1GB LPDDR3
1GB
0.5GB DDR2

Internal storage

128GB
128GB
64GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

8820 mAh
 
6944 mAh

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

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

Specifications

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
 
 

Features

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

Front

1.2 MP
1.2 MP
0.3 MP VGA

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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)

Weight

16.86 oz
23.35 oz
21.62 oz

478.0 g
662.0 g
613.0 g

Materials

Back: Aluminum
 
 

Buyers information

Price

$ 929
$ 799
 


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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
iPad 2
  • Display 9.7 inches
    768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5
    0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 6944 mAh
  • OS iOS 9.x

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