iPad Air 2

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iPad Air 2
Apple iPad Air 2 Logo.svg
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iPad Air 2 in Gold
Also known as 2nd generation iPad Air
Developer Apple Inc.
Manufacturer Foxconn
Product family iPad
Type Tablet computer
Generation 6th
Release date October 22, 2014
Introductory price $499 USD
£399 GBP
$619 AUD
$549 CAD
Discontinued March 21, 2017
Units sold 2 Million
Operating system Original: iOS 8.1
Current: iOS 11.4.1, released July 9, 2018 (2018-07-09)
System-on-chip used Apple A8X with 64-bit architecture and Apple M8 motion co-processor
CPU 1.5GHz tri-core 64-bit ARMv8-A "Typhoon"[1]
Memory 2GB LPDDR3 RAM[2]
Storage 16, 32, 64, 128 GB flash memory
Display 9.7 inches (250 mm) 2,048 x 1,536 px (264 ppi) with a 4:3 aspect ratio
Graphics PowerVR GXA6850[3]
Sound Stereo (both at bottom)
Input Multi-touch screen, headset controls, M8 motion co-processor, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch ID fingerprint reader, barometer[4]
Controller input PnP
Camera Front: 1.2 MP, 720p HD, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Rear: 8.0 MP AF, iSight with Five Element Lens, Hybrid IR filter, video stabilisation, face detection, HDR, ƒ/2.4 aperture
Touchpad Glass
Connectivity
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular:
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and MIMO

Bluetooth 4.2

Wi-Fi + Cellular:
GPS & GLONASS
GSM
UMTS / HSDPA
850, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz
GSM / EDGE
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
CDMA
CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A and B.
800, 1900 MHz
LTE
Multiple bands
A1567: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29 and TD-LTE 38, 39, 40, 41
Power 27.8 W·h 3.76 V 27.62 W·h (7,340 mA·h)[2]
Online services App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions 240 mm (9.4 in) (h)
169.5 mm (6.67 in) (w)
6.1 mm (0.24 in) (d)
Weight Wi-Fi: 437 g (0.963 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 444 g (0.979 lb)
Predecessor iPad Air
Successor iPad (2017)
Related articles
Website iPad Air 2 at the Wayback Machine (archived March 21, 2017)

The iPad Air 2 is the second-generation iPad Air tablet computer designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced on October 16, 2014 alongside the iPad Mini 3, both of which were released on October 22, 2014. The iPad Air 2 is thinner and faster than its predecessor, the iPad Air, and features Touch ID with the height and screen size the same as the iPad Air.

The iPad Air 2 was discontinued on March 21, 2017. Its successor, the 2017 iPad, was announced on the same day.[5]

History[edit]

The iPad Air 2 was announced during a keynote on October 16, 2014, and was the first iPad to feature Touch ID. The theme of the keynote was "it's been way too long".[6] The Air 2 began arriving in retail stores on October 22, 2014. The slogan for the device was Change Is in the Air. With the release of the new iPad Pro, the slogan for the device was changed to Light. Heavyweight.

Features[edit]

Software[edit]

The iPad Air 2 ships with the iOS 10 (formerly iOS 8, later iOS 9) operating system pre-installed and includes a version of Apple Pay with the in-store NFC functionality removed. The included Touch ID sensor allows the user to pay for items online without needing to enter the user's card details.

iOS 10 comes with several built-in applications, which are Camera, Photos, Messages, FaceTime, Mail, Music, Safari, Maps, Siri, Calendar, iTunes Store, App Store, Notes, Contacts, iBooks, Home, Reminders, Clock, Videos, News, Photo Booth and Podcasts. The Apple App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS, allows users to browse and download applications made by various developers from the iTunes Store. Additional apps made by Apple itself are available for free download, which are iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes U, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, Apple Store, Trailers, Remote, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers).[7] Like all iOS devices, the iPad Air 2 can also sync content and other data with a Mac or PC using iTunes. Although the tablet is not designed to make phone calls over a cellular network, it can place and receive phone calls through an iPhone's cellular connection, using Apple's Continuity feature[8] (supported on iOS 8 and later versions of iOS, and OS X Yosemite and later versions of macOS), or using a VoIP application, such as Skype.

On June 8, 2015, it was announced at the WWDC that the iPad Air 2 would support all of iOS 9's new features when it is released in Q3 2015.[9] Air 2 users with iOS 9 will be able to use Slide Over, Picture in Picture and Split View. Slide Over allows a user to "slide" a second app in from the side of the screen in a smaller window, and have it display information alongside the initial app. Picture in Picture allows a user to watch video in a small, resizable, moveable window while remaining in another app. Split View allows a user to run two apps simultaneously in a 50/50 view.[10]

Hardware[edit]

The iPad Air 2 inherits hardware that is similar to that which is in both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. One major change is its processor, the Apple A8X which is the high-end 3-core variant of the Apple A8. The iPad Air 2 has 2 GB RAM (making the iPad Air 2 the first iOS device to have more than 1 GB RAM) and the PowerVR GPU has 8 cores.[11] It also uses the Apple M8 motion co-processor which has a barometer and is the first generation of the iPad to inherit the fingerprint Touch ID sensor from the iPhone. In addition, compared to the iPad Air, it includes an improved 8-megapixel (3264×2448) rear-facing camera with 10 fps burst mode and slow motion video at 120 fps, similar to the iPhone 5S camera capabilities. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has also been improved with a larger ƒ/2.2 aperture, which allows 81% more light in the image.[12] Apple added a gold option to the existing silver and space gray color choices for the iPad Air 2, the previous existing colors were used on the preceding iPad Air.

Unlike its iPad predecessors, the mute/orientation lock switch has been removed to accommodate the reduced depth. Instead, the user must use the Control Center to access these functions.

It has a slightly smaller battery compared to the iPad Air but Apple claims the same 10-hour battery life as before. The iPad Air 2 is available in 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB storage options with no storage expansion options. Apple has released a "camera connection kit" with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos to an iPad.[13]

Reception[edit]

The Verge called the Air 2 "the best tablet ever made," giving it a score of 9.3 out of 10 while noting that it offered only "iterative improvement" and that there were "missed opportunities" in its design.[14]

Timeline[edit]

iPad Pro (2017)iPad Pro (2017)iPad ProiPad ProiPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (2nd generation)iPad (1st generation)

May 2018:9.7” iPad Models: A1893 (Wi-Fi), A1954 (4G), MPGT2LLA, MR7G2LL/A, MR7F2LL/A, MRJN2LL/A

July 2017: 12.9” iPad Pro (2nd Gen) Models: A1670 (Wi-Fi), A1671 (4G), MQDA2LL/A, MP6G2LL/A, MP6J2LL/A

June 2017: 10.5” iPad Pro (2nd Gen) Models: A1701 (Wi-Fi), A1709 (4G), MQDT2CL/A, MQDW2LLA, MQDY2LL/A

April 2016: 9.7” iPad Pro (1st Gen) Models: A1673 (Wi-Fi), A1674 or A1675 (4G), MLMQ2CL/A, MLMQ2LL/A

March 2016: 9.7” iPad (7th Gen) Models: A1822 (Wi-Fi), A1823 (4G), MPGT2LL/A, MPGW2LL/A, MPGC2LL/A,

November 2015: 12.9” iPad Pro (1st Gen) Models: A1584 (Wi-Fi), A1652 (4G), MD517LL/A, ML3K2LL/A, ML0T2LL/A, MD517LL/A

September 2015: iPad Mini 4 (4th Gen Mini) Models: A1538 (Wi-Fi), A1550 (4G), MK9J2LL/A, MK8C2LL/A, MK9Q2LL/A, MK6K2LL/A

April 2015: iPad (4th Gen) Models: A1458 (Wi-Fi), A1459 (4G), A1460 (4G MM), MD511LL/A

October 2014: iPad Air 2 Models: A1566 (Wi-Fi), A1667 (4G), MH0W2LL/A, MNV72LL/A, MH182LL/A, MH1J2LL/A

iPad Mini 3 (3rd Gen Mini) Models: A1599 (Wi-Fi), A1600 (4G), MGNV2LL/A, MH3F2LL/A, MH382LL/A, MGGT2LL/A, MGP42LL/A, MH3M2LL/A

November 2013: iPad Air (5th Gen) Models: A1474 (Wi-Fi), A1475 (4G), MD788LL/B, MD789LL/A, MD790LL/A, ME906LL/A

iPad Mini 2 (2nd Gen Mini) Models: A1489 (Wi-Fi), A1490 (4G), ME279LL/A

October 2012: iPad Mini (1st Gen Mini) Models: A1432 (Wi-Fi), A1454 (4G), A1455 (4G MM), MD531LL/A

March 2012: iPad (3rd Gen) Models: A1416 (Wi-Fi), A1430 (4G), A1403 (4G VZ), MD328LL/A

March 2011: iPad (2nd Gen) Models: A1395 (Wi-Fi), A1396 (3G GSM), A1397 (3G CDMA), MC769LL/A

January 2010: iPad (1st Gen) Models: A1219 (Wi-Fi), A1337 (3G), MB294LL/A

Source: Apple Newsroom Archive[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kshitiz Jaiswal (21 October 2014). "Another Geekbench result confirms triple core iPad Air 2 with 2GB RAM". Gizmobic. 
  2. ^ a b "iPad Air 2 Teardown". iFixit. October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Apple A8X's GPU - GXA6850, Even Better Than I Thought". Anandtech. November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Molen, Brad (October 16, 2014). "A first look at the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3". Engadget. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Apple replaces iPad Air 2 with cheaper 9.7-inch iPad". The Verge. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  6. ^ "'It's been way too long': Apple sends out invites for Thursday, October 16th iPad & Mac event". 9to5Mac. 
  7. ^ "Apple - iPad mini 3 - Technical Specifications". Apple. October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Apple iOS and OS X Continuity". 
  9. ^ The Apple shows off iPad split-screen multitasking in iOS 9 preview. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  10. ^ "iOS 9 Multitasking: Be more productive on iPad". TechRadar. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  11. ^ iPad Air 2 even more powerful than first thought. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Apple - iPhone 6 - Cameras". Apple. 
  13. ^ Stevens, Tim (October 30, 2012). "iPad review (late 2012)". Engadget. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Apple iPad Air 2 Review". The Verge. 
  15. ^ Apple Inc. (2010–2011). iPad News - Newsroom Archive. Retrieved June 7, 2018.

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Preceded by
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
6th generation
Succeeded by
iPad (2017)