iPad Air 2 reviews (TechCrunch | The Verge) are just hitting the Internet now, but I got all the news I needed earlier at 9pm EST when John Gruber tweeted the information above. It’s now confirmed that the iPad Air 2 has 2GB of RAM, which is double what the iPad Air had. I’d seen the rumours abound before Gruber’s tweet, of course, but I wanted to share that info only after it was vetted by someone who’d really check their sources.
I’m excited to test my Air 2 later this week and see what kind of difference this extra memory makes. I’m really hoping the memory can help Safari out.
I’ve got a 64GB LTE iPad Air 2 on the way to me this Thursday or Friday, according to my Apple Order Status page. I still don’t know for sure if the iPad Air 2 will have 2GB of RAM, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and go through with the upgrade anyway. After re-reviewing all of the spec sheets and early look articles from people at Apple’s event, there are a couple of things I’m really curious about:
- Does the thinness really matter? I’m quite happy with the profile of the iPad Air as-is, but Apple has this strange obsession with making everything as thin as possible. I’d like to see if the 18% thinner body actually makes a difference for one-handed usage, as I doubt it will affect two-handed usage much. It’s also curious that this new Air 2 is about 7–8% lighter than the previous Air, but Apple didn’t feel like that was worth pointing out.
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‘Bestiario’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting. I believe the Spanish word refers to a collection of fables about animals, and this painting is part of a series with that same theme.
It was painted by iPad artist Albert Viladrosa, using the Paper by 53 app.
I love the colors here and the abstract nature of the image. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this series.
You can see more of Albert Viladrosa’s work on his Flickr stream.
And of course you can browse the work of many great iPad artists in our own iPad Insight iPad Art section.
The iWork suite for iPad – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – has been updated this week. Each of the apps is now at Version 2.5 following this latest update.
This update brings support for iCloud Drive, a major part of Apple’s upgrade to iCloud in iOS 8. It also makes it easier to share documents from Keynote, Numbers, and Pages to other services like Dropbox and Gmail.
Here’s the full list of what’s new in the update to Pages, the list is similar for Keynote and Numbers:
Support for iCloud Drive
• Support for third-party storage providers
• Updated file format makes it easier to send documents via services like Gmail and Dropbox
• Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
• More color options including new custom color mixer on iPad
• Use the color picker to sample and apply any color available in your document
• Take photos and videos right from the app
• Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
• Inter-table alignment guides
• Column and row labels in tables
• Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
• Improved accessibility
• Improved bi-directional language support
• Export ePub files with video
I’m sure we’ll soon be writing more about iCloud Drive once we’ve spent some time using it.
Featured today in the iPad Insight Deals section is a versatile iPad stand that promises to be a trusty iPad companion that can be just as useful on a desk or on your lap. It works with any iPad version, and still works when an iPad Smart Cover is in use. It’s on offer in a deal that ends today at 28% off – $35.99 rather than its regular $50 price.
A little more intro detail and some key features of this 2011 Macworld Best of Show winner:
Right out of the box, you’ll notice that the iRest looks and feels like a product made by Apple itself. It has a clean aluminum finish, and simple, yet solid, build. With a 60-degree adjustable reading angle, the iRest’s innovative design makes reading and watching anything on the iPad simply better.
- Versatile – For both lap and desk use with removable back cushions that fold flat for portability and storage.
- Fits iPad – Fits in both portrait or landscape orientation with or without an apple cover.
- Better Ergonomics – Prevent hand fatigue while holding along with holding screen higher for less neck fatigue and a 60 degree adjustable viewing angle.
- Refinements – Torque hinge makes for easy adjusting and soft foam pads allows for hour of comfortable resting.
- iPad Accessibility – Allows for easy access to iPad’s home button, dock connector and speaker.
For more details and to place an order for the iRest, check out this iPad Insight Deals page.