First Impressions of the iPad Air 2

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The iPad Air 2 was unveiled at Apple’s special launch event on 16 October. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPad Air2 : its design, features, size and specifications, the differences between the next-gen iPad Air 2 and the current iPad Air.

The iPad Air 2 is thin – seriously thin. (Apple illustrated this with an entertaining video of a pencil being sliced with a laser, as a play on the size comparison the company used to show how the thin the first iPad Air was.)

At 6.1mm thick, the iPad Air 2 is the slenderest tablet Apple has yet produced, and significantly thinner than the 7.5mm-thick iPad Air 1. (Width and height, mind you, are the same as the iPad Air 1. From the front it looks like the same device.)

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iPad Air 2 price

A day after Apple unveiled its two new tablets, Walmart is shaving down prices. The retail giant told CNET on Friday that it’s offering the iPad Air 2 for $489 and the iPad Mini 3 for $389. Apple’s prices are $499 for the Air 2 and $399 for the Mini 3.

f you fancy some 4G action on your iPad Air 2 you’ll have to part with $629, £499, AU$779 for 16GB, $729, £579, AU$899 for 64GB and $829, £659, AU$1019 for 128GB.

iPad Air 2 display

The iPad Air 2 has the same 9.7-inch, 1536 x 2048 264ppi display as its predecessor, but it’s not a carbon copy as Apple has developed a zero air gap screen.

It claims that this anti-reflective coating reduces screen reflections by 56%, which should provide clearer, brighter images.

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iPad Air 2 power

The iPad Air 2 houses Apple’s new A8X chip created specifically for the tablet, providing 40% faster CPU performance for apps and it claims graphics are 2.5 times faster. the iPad Air 2 comes running iOS 8.1 – Apple’s latest version of its mobile platform.

iPad Air 2 camera

The iPad Air 2 has Apple’s new 8MP iSight camera with a f/2.4 aperture plus 1080p video recording and 720p slo-mode video capabilities.

Auto HDR from the iPhone makes the leap to the Air 2, panorama and burst mode are present and there’s a macro mode too.

iPad Air 2 Touch ID

It has it. Fact. Apple says its one of the most requested features from users, and with iPad Air 2 its answered those longing for the functionality.

It allows you to unlock the tablet as well as paying for products including through Apple Pay.
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Battery and connectivity

Apple is promising up to 10 hours battery life, while new faster Wi-Fi and LTE are also hidden within the iPad Air 2.

In fact the Air 2 supports 20 different LTE bands, more than any other tablet on the market, meaning it should be compatible with your network.

There’s plenty to read about the new iPad Air, but seeing is believing. Check out our hands on video with the new tablet below!