I’ve had one week with the iPad Air 2 at this point, and because I use my tablet day in and day out, I can say it definitely feels like an upgrade over last year’s Air.
I honestly never felt that the initial Air needed to get thinner, but the Air 2 does set a new standard. Going from one device to the other is noticeable, but not shockingly so. It’s just something you get used to gradually. Another takeaway for me is the balance. There’s a 7% difference in weight between the old iPad Air and the new model, but I think the internals were likely re-balanced as well. The Air 2 feels just a little more comfortable and balanced in hand. However, if you’re looking for the drastic difference you’d felt going from an iPad 2 to an iPad mini, then you’ll have to look elsewhere.
The mute/lock switch was a casualty to the thinner form factor, and I used that switch quite a lot on my iPad Air. However, I’ve found myself already used to the change by now. I’m used to using Control Center on my iPhone for locking the device orientation, and it has quickly become second nature to do it on the iPad Air 2.
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.
Earlier today Apple announced and previewed its two new iPads – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The new models pack Touch ID, faster WiFi, a brand new 2nd gen 64-bit chip (for the iPad Air 2 only) and improved cameras.
The two new iPads are available for pre-order starting tomorrow and shipping will begin next week. Both come in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.
Here’s the pricing rundown for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3:
iPad Air 2
Starts at $499 for the 16GB Wifi model. The 64GB WiFi model is $599, and the 128GB model is $699.
Starts at $629 for the 16GB WiFi + Cellular (LTE) model. The 64GB WiFi + Cellular model is $729, and the 128GB model is $829.
As with all the new iPad models, this pricing tier follows the long-standing tradition with iPads – $100 more per storage bump and $130 more for the cellular / LTE models.