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iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | October 16, 2014October 16, 2014 1:15 pm PDT

Apple introduced the iPad Air 2 during a press event on its Cupertino campus on Thursday. It’s a pretty big jump from last year’s iPad Air.

The device is thinner and lighter while also offering more power, thanks to a new A8X processor, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Apple also took care to improve the iSight and FaceTime cameras, added a new gapless screen that’s supposed to be less reflective than ever before, and built-in new wireless radios for maximum performance.

It’s certainly a very compelling new iPad, particularly when you toss in new features like Touch ID, but how does it stack up against last year’s iPad Air? We’re here to help with some spec comparison tables that you exactly how the two tablets differ.

iPad Air Gallery

iPad Air 2 Gallery

Apple - iPad Air 2 Apple - iPad Air
Display Size 9.7-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (264 ppi) 9.7-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (264 ppi)
Resolution X 1536 1536
Resolution Y 2048 2048
Display Type LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology Retina display
Operating System iOS 8.1 (at launch) iOS 7 (at launch)
Processor A8X chip with 64‑bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
RAM 2GB N/A
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8MP 5MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP FaceTime HD
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900)
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • UMTS/​HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B: 800, 1900
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
NFC No No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning
  • Touch ID
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Three-axis gyro
GPS
  • A-GPS (cellular model only)
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS (cellular model only)
  • iBeacon microlocation
  • Assisted GPS (Cellular models only)
  • Digital compass
Height 9.4 inches (23.88 cm) 240 mm (9.45 inches)
Width 6.6 inches (16.76 cm) 169.5 mm (6.67 inches)
Depth 0.24 inches (6.1 mm) 7.5 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight 434 g (15.31 oz) 16 oz (454 g)
Colors Gold, Gray, White Silver, Space Gray
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 5.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
In The Box N/A
  • Wall Adapter
  • Apple Lightning Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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