Apple has announced an all new iPad Air – the iPad Air 2. The device features refined design, faster processor, and improved functionality.
As expected, the iPad Air 2 is slimmer, lighter, faster, and generally better than its predecessor. While it may look the same from the outside, Apple made some big changes on the inside. The tablet is now only 6.1 mm thin and weighs just 435 grams.
That has been achieved by fusing three separate layers of the tablet’s 9.7-inch 2,048 by 1,536 display into one. This not only it made the device thinner, but has also improved the viewing experience. Moreover, thanks to a special antireflective coating, the iPad Air 2 claims to have the least reflective display of all tablets currently available on the market.
The device is powered by an all new 64-bit A8X processor, made specially for the iPad Air 2. Internals make the device fly through webpages, apps, and games as the new CPU is billed to be 40% faster than the one on the original iPad Air. There’s also an updated 8-megapixel iSight camera with improved low-light capability, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and LTE support.
Another new feature is Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which can be used for unlocking the device and paying for stuff using the Apple Pay service (available on iOS 8.1 which comes pre-installed on the tablet).
Despite thinner design and more powerful processor, the iPad Air 2 still delivers the same 10 hours of battery life. The device is priced at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model. If you’d rather get one with cellular connectivity, the starting price is $629.