ifixit air 2

As the new iPads begin arriving in stores and on doorsteps, iFixit has gotten its hands on an iPad Air 2 and performed its usual teardown ritual. Upon popping the tablet open, the team discovered a more powerful processor, 2GB of RAM, and a smaller battery.

The processor is of course the new A8X, which is similar to the A8 in the iPhone 6 but with improved graphics. The RAM is comprised of two 1GB Elpida F8164A3MD sticks placed on either side of the A8X, and the battery is of the 27.62 Whr; 7,340 mAh variety.

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It’s worth noting that it’s smaller than the battery in the first generation Air, which was rated a 8,827 mAh/32.9 Whr. The change obviously had to do with Apple’s effort to try and thin out the new tablet, and some reviewers pointed out the drop in battery life.

Also interesting is that there’s an NFC module in the Air 2—the same NXP 65V10 model found in the new iPhones. It however does not appear to have an antenna, which is why Apple says the tablet won’t be capable of making in-store purchases via Apple Pay.

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If you’re interested in learning more, you can find a full breakdown of the iPad Air 2’s internals here. Also remember that both the Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available for order online and in-store pickup (Wi-Fi only) with prices starting at $399 and $499.

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  • Cesar Morales

    Where are all those begging for 2GB ram now? I just wonder what do they think they will do with it…

    • George Yfantopoulos

      Fill it up with background jailbreak tweaks? Specially now that iOS 8 Jailbreak is out. They wil just wait for tweaks to get updated. :)Thats what they will do.Thats what we all would do. 🙂

      • CS

        No. Apple is bringing split-screen view on the new iPad Air 2. That’s why it has more RAM. Just remember more ram = more power usage. So having your fancy jailbreak tweaks running all the time sounds great, but probably (definitely) won’t be that great

      • Whether they use the split-screen or not its still 1 more gb. Plenty of space for a lot of tweaks.

      • Don Walker II

        My thoughts exactly

      • Stefano

        It’s a new chip. Different jailbreak it’s so much more complicated that updating the packages

      • teejay_1987

        What? Any application built for “standard architectures” should work fine in any chip.
        The only problem is adaptionto iOS 8.

      • Stefano

        Yeah, new chip new bootrom.

      • teejay_1987

        They affect jailbreak per se, not the tweaks. At least, non the common ones..

    • Maxim∑

      2GB of RAM isn’t enough. Now when my 60 Safari tabs are open they reload

      • Harold

        Are you kidding me

      • Maxim∑

        Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

      • James G

        This comment makes absolutely no sense.

      • TechLove

        It was a sarcasm dude (-_- )

      • Guest

        .

      • gittlopctbi

        Let me clarify. Within the syntax of the English language, your sentence makes absolutely no sense.

      • Harold

        Lol. I had to read it like 10 times and i couldnt get it. 🙁

      • TechLove

        Go Home Maxim, you are drunk.

      • James G

        Now that’s funny.

      • Dan

        no but maybe now it will be able to have 4-5 pages without refresh

      • Guest

        yeah by the way they limited it to 25, so 60 isnt possible without a jailbreak. I hate thick people

      • Maxim∑

        I hate people who cannot differentiate sarcasm for facts. And do you own an iPad Air 2, do you KNOW its limited to 25? no. thank you.

      • Don Walker II

        Dude, just read the software limitations……

  • rockdude094

    Oh that’s interesting. Did anyone else see the new samsung galaxy s tablet ? It looks so nice imo

    • CS

      Looks great. Only problem is that it runs Android!

      • rockdude094

        Yeah sucks

    • GuyWithTheThings

      Neat.

  • GuyWithTheThings

    I was looking forward to the iPad Mini 3 so much. But now it’s just the Mini 2 with Touch ID. I was hoping Apple wouldn’t do that, really a lot. And if I get the Mini2 it’ll feel so outdated compared to this. Air 2 it is then I guess.

    • GadgetQueenn

      That’s exactly how Apple wants you to feel and wants you to do. They are too clever.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    why is apple sliming down the phones and tablets like this and even reduce battery size.. don’t they understand battery life is one most desired features for anyone around the world?

    • Dan

      it seems they don’t (care)

    • gittlopctbi

      I agree, it is stooopid. One day we’ll have a paper thin iPad…with a battery life of 10 seconds. But it will be cool because it’s thin. And still have an Apple logo on it.

      • Don Walker II

        IMO the first Gen Air was thin enough. Keeping the same mAh battery would have been a much better move than shaving off a couple mm… Also with this size reduction, it will probably be easier for it to bend in my pocket.

      • gittlopctbi

        Agreed. And LOL.

  • Dan

    too bad they didn’t deem the iPhone 2 GB RAM worthy

  • Kash Gummaraju

    Apple no longer has any idea on what to do. They’re following trends and this stupid thinness quest for no reason other than aesthetics. I’m pretty sure 2gb was an appeal to spec junkies. They’ve spent over 4 years being unable to figure out how to use a screen larger than 4 inches to its absolute fullest. How can you go over 4 years and still not implement split screen windows in iPads and atleast tout it as a feature on the 6 Plus? People love split screen and multi-windows on mobile devices. Take the Note series and Windows Tablets in general for example, although not cleanly implemented the split screen windows make the devices tons more productive and I’d say a bit cooler. Actually making use of the extra screen space in the 6 Plus and the iPads would in fact get them more customers who switched because Android and Windows platforms are more productive.

    • Kurt

      Always love your comments. Spot on dude.

    • Niclas

      The ram was increased because of the higher screen resolution. Not to please 0.001% market share.