iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air

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iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air [first gen]. The first noticeable difference is in the weight and size. Thin display with sharper images. New anti-reflective coating on screen. Three finishes on the aluminum body: metallic space grey, silver and now, with iPad Air 2 — a gold finish.

As with the iPad Air [1], the aluminum enclosure is recyclable . Both iPad Air models feature retina display.

 

 

Specs:

Apple iOS 8 operating system included on both models.

Cost: iPad Air 2: $499-$899. 0.96 pound (437 g)images

  • Retina display
  • 9.7‐inch (diagonal) LED‐backlitMulti‐Touch displaywith IPS technology
  • 2048‐by‐1536 resolution at 264 pixelsper inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint‐resistant oleophobic coating
  • Fully laminated display
  • Antireflective coating

3.1 million pixels, 9.7 inch display, 2048×1536 resolution.

The displays on previous generations of iPad used three separate components. iPad Air 2 changes all that, combining those three layers into just one. This eliminates gaps between layers, along with the internal reflectance caused by those gaps. The result? Colors are richer, contrast is greater, and images are sharper and more vivid. — Apple store.

iPad Air [first gen]images-3

  • Retina display
  • 9.7‐inch (diagonal) LED‐backlitMulti‐Touch displaywith IPS technology
  • 2048‐by‐1536 resolution at 264 pixelsper inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint‐resistant oleophobic coating
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Compare the cameras:

FaceTime HD camera:

  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‐Fi or cellular3
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination

iSight camera: 

  • 8MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five‐element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • HDR photos
  • Panorama
  • Burst mode
FaceTime HD camera:

  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‐Fi or cellular3
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination

iSight camera: 

  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five‐element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • HDR photos
  • Panorama

Cellular and WiFi specs:

Wireless Wi-Fi model:

  • Wi‐Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dualchannel (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Wi-Fi + Cellular model:

  • Wi‐Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dualchannel (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV‐DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/
    DC‐HSDPA
  • LTE4
  • Data only5
Wi-Fi model:

  • Wi‐Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dualchannel (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Wi-Fi + Cellular model:

  • Wi‐Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dualchannel (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV‐DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/
    DC‐HSDPA
  • LTE4
  • Data only5
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If the following information isn’t enough to help you choose which iPad Air to buy, check online for more information.

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