– The Good / The new iPad Air gets an improved A8X processor, better rear and front-facing camera, an even thinner and lighter design, an anti-reflective screen, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and more built-in storage configurations at higher than last year.
– The Bad / The Air 2 is not a big change compared to last year’s iPad in terms of overall function; life span of the battery remains the same, even though the lifetime of the battery is already quite good. Audio playback through speakers makes the thin metal body resonate more than before.
– The Bottom Line / The Air iPad 2 is a beautiful refinement of the model of last year, and finesse with a bevy of tweaks, improvements, a much faster processor, and the welcome addition of the Touch ID. Put simply, it is still the gold standard for tablets.
1. Design: Air, but even thinner
Somehow, the new iPad Air 2 is actually thinner than the previous iPad Air: at 6.1 millimeters, it is thinner than the iPhone 6, and probably every other gadget you own.
2. Touch and Apple ID Pay: One-finger ease
The iPad 2 has finally Air Touch ID, a feature seen in the past year, the iPhone 5S and ceased in 2013‘s iPad Air and iPad Mini.
3. A8X performance of a large explosion of speed
For the first time in two years, the large 9.7-inch iPad has gotten his own bumped-up processor on the rest of the iPhones and iPads. A new A8X processor promises extra graphics muscle versus the A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
4. Camera: iPad photographers, FaceTime users rejoice
You might scoff iPad photographers and videographers, but they are there. The improved rear iSight camera is particularly better than now on the iPad Air 8 megapixels instead of five, and with features like slow-mo, time lapse, and better face recognition are better than non
5. Display and sound
A 9.7-inch Retina display is still the same 2,048×1,536-pixel resolution as last year (and the year before), but yes, it looks just a bit better. Stereo sound even pipes from two speakers on either side of the Lightning port
6. iOS 8: All about the connectivity
For iPad owners, iOS 8 is not so massive upgrade as you would expect
7. More storage for less – the higher-end models
It bears mentioning that Apple iPad users has thrown a bone this year. Like the iPhone, both physical storage and iCloud storage are more abundant and more affordable
8. Connectivity and additional features
There are a few other tweaks under the hood: the Air has two 802.11ac WiFi, offering higher speed with compatible routers
9. Battery Life
Apple’s claim to the iPad Air 2 battery life is 10 hours, which is the same as last year.