One day after Google launched its Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus Player and Android 5.0 Lollipop in a low-key note, Apple unveiled one of the most important launching of tablets this year with its iPad Air 2.
The Air 2’s launching is not as glitzy as that of the unveiling of the company’s flagship phones (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus), but this crisp tablet offers a lot of promising features and enhancements, has just raised the bar several notches further in the tablet segment.
The tablets boast of a fingerprint sensor, and will be available in three different colors which are gold, silver and gray.
iPad Air 2 – the world’s thinnest tablet.
The new model hasn’t received changes as far as its style and design is concerned but it is remarkably thinner than ever as it is just 6.1 mm thick. This implies that the Air 2 is thinner by 18% than its closest precursor iPad Air which was released a year ago and twice thinner than the original iPad which was launched in March 2010. The Air 2 will easily crown itself as the world’s slimmest tablet in the world thanks to the newest technology that compressed its components further.
The Air 2 also comes with a new display that boasts of an anti-reflective coating which is 56 percent less reflective than its latest predecessor.
An awesome feature that is also integrated with the Air 2 is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor .
Since the Air 2’s thickness was further reduced this implies that it may not be compatible with the accessories (cases, keyboards, stands and clamps) that are built especially for the iPad Air.
iPad Air 2’s souped-up internals
The innards of the Air 2 received a lot of enhancements too as it is now equipped with a new A8X processor and M8 co-processor, giving the new tablet a big boost on its speed. This implies that the Air 2 is 40 percent faster than the iPad Air. The Air 2 is also 2.5 times faster than its iPad Air’s A7 processor. The additional M8 processor has the ability to utilize the new barometer for measuring changes in elevation.
The Air 2 is also beefed up with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, the same feature that is present in the new iPhone models. As of this time, one cannot get the most out of this feature yet since its routers are not yet widely-used but it can help upgrade routers at home for faster transferring of files. Keep in mind that this will not give you faster internet access but instead makes your network connections at home faster.
The Air 2’s LTE now has 20 supported bands and can reach a rate of up to 150Mb/sec while utilizing carrier aggregation.
The Air 2 also follows the iPhone’s tradition as it shuns away from the common 32 GB data storage capacity version to make the line-up intact at 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.
Enhanced cameras and new shooting modes
The tablet is built with an updated 8-megapixel iSight Camera with an f/2.4 aperture. This camera works simultaneously with the A8X processor’s built-in image signal processor. On its front, there is the FaceTime HD camera which is slightly enhanced and uses new lens with an f/2.2 aperture which is well-suited for taking low-light photos.
The Air 2 also receives burst photography which is absent in the new iPad mini. To use this feature you need to opt for the Photo or Square modes, then a counter will show you the number of shots that have been captured and the best images will be recommended for you to store.
Unexpectedly, Air 2 comes with a slow-motion video, at a rate of 120 fps which is quite inferior to the 240 fps rate of the iPhone 6. The tablet also has 2 microphones that can work in tandem for an immersive audio listening. The ohs and ahs, doesn’t end there as one can take panoramic pictures and time lapse videos too.
The Air 2 will run the iOS 8.1 and will soon feature the highly anticipated Apple Pay.
The iPad Air 2 price/pricing
Apple said that the iPad Air 2 is fetched from a price between $499 up to $829, with some models having more memory will cost $100 less than the earlier models . On the other end, the company’s other offering which is the new iPad mini is priced from $399 up to $729.
Release date of the iPad Air 2
One can now pre-order an iPad Air 2 from Apple’s website starting on October 17. The tablets will be put up on sale next week. Meanwhile the iOS 8.1 will make its debut on October 20, Monday which is timely for other compatible iPads and iPhones.