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Apple recently unveiled iPad Air 2, and while the new model is more evolutionary than revolutionary, there are still a few major differences between both the older and newer version of the device. Obviously, the form factor and Touch ID might be the most obvious differences between the two, but there are also a few differentiating factors, mostly internally. In this post, we’ll show a comparison of the tech specs of iPad Air 2 and iPad Air.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air

Capacity & Price

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air capacity and price


iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air display


iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air dimensions


iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air weight


iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air chip

Touch ID

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air touch id


iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air cameras

Video Recording

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air video recording

Cellular & Wireless

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air cellular wireless

Battery Life

Both models offer up to 10 hours of battery life when surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos, or listening to music.

They also both offer up to 9 hours of web browsing while using a cellular data netowrk.


iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air sensors

On its website, Apple compares all new iPads with their respective older versions too, which can give an even bigger picture of the tech specs evolution.

  • Light

    Finally going to upgrade from my iPad 1, it’s been so long.

  • lemonhead

    yep you’re basically paying 100 bucks more for a thinner, lighter device with a touch id sensor and a better camera

    • Maxim∑

      Yeah its “only” lighter,faster,thinner, has touch ID a better camera, better display and possibly more RAM


      • lemonhead

        I guess thanks for repeating what I just commented

      • smtp25

        (IMO) yeah so in summary not worth the upgrade from the Air

      • marvin9

        I agree with him, it’s not worth the update at all.

  • n0ahcruz3

    That was it hahaha.. Running out of ideas apple? Why buy a tablet/ipad when u have a 6+ which can do everything the iPad can do.

    • Indian Food

      The whole point of an iPad is to have the bigger screen. What else would you want it to do? App developers can take advantage of the bigger screen, Apple doesn’t have to.

      • n0ahcruz3

        An iPhone 6+ is good enough. U dont have to carry an ipad and an iphone 6+, iPad is slowy dying.

    • hkgsulphate

      you expect “innovations” every single year? seriously?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Lol seriously tho they dont have to do a freakin keynote for this. they could’ve silently updated it through their website.

    • Damian

      i read books on iPad, edit excel sheets, and browse through tons of pdf. iPhone is useless for this.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Lol ipad is just a big ipod touch. A real workhorse tablet is the surface pro. Phablet is the future iPad is nothing but a media consumption not a real workhorse machine.

      • Damian

        LOL anything else? I guess i would need to prove to you that I can do productive work on my iPad.

        Our arguments ends at this point since you are incapable to accept the actual usefulness of iPad.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Ipads are useless i can do pretty much anything on my iPhone 6 almost the same functionality. They dont call em iOS for nothing lol what ipads run os X now? Hahaha

      • Vince Reedy

        The surface is not a tablet, it is a laptop with a touchscreen. Stop comparing it to the ipad. Even M$ stopped doing it.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Hahahaha good one

      • Damian

        with all due respect, you are a moron.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Why would respect a person that calls someone a moron? Well im a nice person i dont do name calling lol so you’re saying surface is not a tablet? Haha

  • jack

    meh for everything iPad-related except that 6.1mm…….

  • Eni

    Out of topic: when creig was talking for Metal he mentioned 3 games, asfalt 8, assassins creed identity and gods of Rome but I can’t seem to find the last two of them on the App Store. Any idea?

    • Kieran.Lillis

      They’ve probably been soft-launched in select App Stores. I know for certain that AC: Identity has been soft-launched in Australia. Once all the bugs have been ironed out the apps should be released world wide.

  • Kingmoe738

    I still have the iPad 3rd gen, honestly haven’t seen any huge upgrades to get a newer one.

    Have had a otterbox in on it since day 1 and it works great and it’s jailbroken.

    Maybe another year and I’ll upgrade.

    • Martin 

      I also have 3 and I’m going to upgrade. Because of two reasons:
      Weight (3 is havy as hell)
      Anti reflex coating 🙂

      • House4life

        speaking of heavy, I have the 3rd gen and its not pretty to have it land on the face 🙂

      • Pedecia

        Give it to me please! I would love it to land on my face everyday! Also out of topic: the iphone 6 and 6 plus they are hugly as hell. Waiting for the 5s to drop in prices further and I ‘ll buy one of that. Was apple bought by Samsung and theydidnt tell us?? And what in a hell is that protuding camera? You can clearly see the sign of the death of Steve Jobs with these APPLEISUNG.

  • Mr Mop

    Looks pretty nice.

  • Ariel

    I always wonder what will happen when they won’t be able to go any thinner…seriously, the i5 was thin enough for a phone and a tablet – thinner isn’t always better

  • iPodDroid

    Oh God the similarities between the two is disgustingly close…

  • Andrieux Querido

    Not so exited about it, IPAD AIRS Ill keep my Ipad AIR and wait next year.

    • Paul Meneshian

      me too

  • James G

    Wait, so it’s got the same FaceTime camera on both iPad Air 1 & 2? I thought Phil said a new FaceTime camera….

  • Blip dude

    Unless it really does finally have 2GB of RAM (will have to wait a week or so to see) then I am definitely holding off for now, don’t really see the point of upgrading, even though thinner and lighter in the case of a Tablet (not a phone), is a welcomed addition. I also doubt supply constraints. Same was said about the iPad Air and finding one was so ridiculously easy, at least in the Apple Stores.

    • Vince Reedy

      I’m thinking Phil would have said it if it had more ram. The fact that they didn’t tells me it’s probably the same 🙁

  • Harold

    i was expecting an HD retina display. I was expecting an improved multitasking feature. I was expecting more more and more. Who the helllllll take pics with an ipad? ugh!!!! only good thing here is that my ipad air which i bought 3months ago doesn’t feel that outdated at all…. so next year ill upgrade the ipad and not the phone. i got the iphone plus and i spent over 500 bucks, including the apple care and the case. So i won’t upgrade the phone next year but ill with the ipad. my bank account is happy about this useless update lol.

    • Vince Reedy

      Same here, I was worried my air would be outdated. Silly me.

  • ins0mniac1

    Defintely the most boring refresh in the iPad’s history. That’s not to say that the iPad Air 2 isnt a sweet tablet, but so was the first Air and there’s very little difference between them.

    As for the iPad Mini 3, you’re better off buying a Mini 2 and saving the $100.

  • Sean Cua

    I kinda want to update from my iPad 2…But my iPad 2 is still going strong, so i’ll upgrade next time when it is dead.

    • Vince Reedy

      Go for the air 1, it’s a pretty good deal now. Refurbished air 16g wifi is 339 on apple store.