With iPad, Apple has always had a somewhat paradoxical goal: to create a device that’s immensely powerful, yet so thin and light you almost forget it’s there. A device that helps you do amazing things, without ever getting in your way.
The iPad Air 2 is all that, and then some more.
It is a unique blend of simplicity and capability… simple on the outside with powerful stuff on the inside.
With over 225 million units sold, the iPad is indisputably number one in sales. What’s more, the line is also number one in terms of customer satisfaction.
Add to that 675,000 customized apps available for the iPad, and you know for sure that the iPad Air 2 is one of the best tablets you can buy today. Soon after it’s launch the Air 2 became the numero uno in usage, across consumer, entertainment, education and enterprise sectors almost everywhere in the world.
Let’s show you why.
To create the astonishingly thin silhouette of iPad Air 2, Apple started by redesigning the Retina display, fusing what had previously been three separate components, into just one.
Not only did this make the display thinner by eliminating gaps between layers, it made it rampantly better – with more vivid colors and greater contrast. It also removed internal reﬂectance caused by the gaps between the layers of glass.
Consequently, the LCD layer is now closer to your eyes (and your ﬁngers), so when you touch the screen it feels as if you’re touching your content, creating a much more immersive experience.
The sensitivity of the screen too, has been increased – so it tracks your finger even more accurately, especially when you make quick gestures. Which basically means that everything you do – play games, surf the web, peruse photos or simply enjoy videos, everything becomes more personal, immediate, and immersive.
Apple didn’t stop there. To cure a longstanding gripe, they added a custom-designed antireflective coating that reduces glare by 56%, making the iPad Air 2 one of the least reflective tablets in the world.
And it works in virtually any kind of environment, be it oﬃces, classrooms or outdoors – everything is clearer and more legible.
Overall, this is the best screen money can get you today. Everything is much sharper and more vivid on this display – images, movies, and of course, animations!
The ﬁrst thing you’ll notice the moment you take the Air 2 out of the box is how incredibly thin and light it is.
It is an impossibly thin at just 6.1 millimetres – put a pencil next to it and you’ll see what I mean. The pencil suddenly looks grossly overweight!
Would you believe the Air 2 weighs less than 500 grams. Apple’s worked very very hard on this aspect – just to ensure that it’s even easier to hold and use in one hand and of course, to take with you anywhere.
When it was introduced five years ago, the original iPad set the standard for thinness and lightness. Since then, iPad has become even thinner and lighter. But thanks to its durable aluminium unibody, iPad Air 2 doesn’t sacriﬁce strength in the pursuit of thinness. From the moment you pick it up, you’re reassured by how sturdy and rigid it is.
Apple’s designers take design very seriously, they pay as much attention to the back of iPad as they do to the front.
The anodized aluminium body of iPad Air 2 comes in three elegant metallic ﬁnishes: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold.
The bevelled edges of the aluminium unibody are cut with a mono-crystalline diamond to tolerances measured in microns. (For reference, the width of a human hair is about 75 microns). That level of detail may seem excessive, but every detail adds up to a better overall experience, and that’s what sets an Apple device apart from any other device on the shelf.
Not only is iPad Air 2 thinner, it’s also a lot more powerful. How that feels like an oxymoron!
The new A8X chip delivers substantially better processing performance than its predecessor. In fact, with its 64-bit desktop-class architecture, iPad Air 2 is as powerful as many personal computers!
No matter what you do by way of usage antics, the iPad Air 2 feels incredibly fast and powerful.
Compared with the A7 chip in the previous generation iPad Air, the A8X chip delivers 40% faster CPU performance. From launching apps to playing games, everything is more fluid and responsive. All your actions and gestures (swiping, pinching, zooming, scrolling, and rotating) are instantly recognized and executed.
With this kind of performance, you might expect a compromise or two. Like a bigger form factor or a shorter battery life. Not true in this case.
Apple’s not only made the iPad Air 2 both thinner and lighter than the previous generation iPad Air, it’s also made it more power efficient too, with a 10-hour battery life that lets you work, play, surf, and shop all day long.
And that’s thanks in part to the M8 motion coprocessor. When you’re in motion, the M8 motion coprocessor continuously measures data from the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and barometer. This ‘offloads’ work from the main A8X chip for improved power efficiency.
When you want the device to do things passively, using the main ‘A’ processor was like using a chainsaw to split open a walnut. The motion coprocessor is far more economical and lean. It continuously calibrates all five sensors, so when you want to play a game or use the Maps app, iPad Air 2 is ready and able because the chainsaw’s ready for the heavy lifting.
On the communication front, this tablet features advanced 802.11ac Wi‑Fi technology, with MIMO support. Thus wireless connections on iPad Air 2 are more than twice as fast as before, with speeds up to 866 Mbps possible on the iPad Air 2.
The Wi-Fi + Cellular variant is packed with advanced LTE technology, offering speeds up to 150 Mbps (a 50% increase over previous models), so you can keep your fast connection even when there’s no Wi-Fi coverage.
Twenty LTE bands are packed into a single device, so you can take advantage of fast LTE cellular data networks practically anywhere your travels take you! Roam confidently (but watch your Cellular Data bills)!
iOS 8 is the world’s most advanced, intuitive, and secure mobile operating system. If it feels like it was custom-built for iPad, that’s because it was.
From the elegant interface to powerful multitasking features and useful built-in apps, iOS 8 is designed to help you get the most out of iPad. Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture are new interactions created to help you multitask on iPad.
Apple is clearly trying to shift gears towards make iPads more assistive in creating stuff on them, rather than only consuming or interacting with content/media.
Let’s explain some of the key changes one by one.
New QuickType features make formatting and text selection even easier and put shortcuts right at your fingertips.
With the Slide Over feature you can now open a second app without leaving the one you’re in. So you can quickly browse the web, respond to a text message, or jot something down in a note, then slide that app away and get back to the one you were using before. Its something Samsung tablets have had for a while, so its good to see it implemented on an Apple product.
With Split View on iPad, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time. Like working on a sketch with a reference photo beside it. When everything you need is right in front of you, it sure is easier to focus.
Another new feature is the Picture in Picture. While using FaceTime or watching a video, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display. Tap to open a second app, and your video continues to play, even while you use the other app. So now you can keep watching your favourite TV show while you reply to the email that just came in.
You can also now shape up your text in no time with an all-new Shortcut Bar, convenient editing tools, and a handy new way to select text with multi-touch gestures. When you use a wireless keyboard with your iPad, you can enjoy even more keyboard shortcuts.
The powerful built-in apps on the iPad are designed for the essential things you use them for every day like mail, messages, web browsing, maps andtaking notes. iOS 8 brings key enhancements to several of these apps!
The iSight camera in iPad Air 2 uses the Apple-designed image signal processor built into the A8X chip.
It supports advanced camera and video features, like better face detection and enhanced noise reduction, so it’s easier to shoot higher-quality photos and videos.
With an improved sensor, advanced optics, and a more powerful image signal processor, the iSight camera in iPad Air 2 captures incredibly detailed photos and 1080p HD videos.
The FaceTime HD camera has been redesigned, too, with a sensor that makes video calls look better, even in low light.
Not only that, both the cameras also leverage the new high-resolution Retina display. The brilliant display is so large and sharp that you see every nuance as you shoot. With its eye-filling 9.7-inch screen, shooting with iPad Air 2 is like looking through the viewfinder of a high-end SLR camera. You won’t believe how good a photographer you are once you start shooting with this iPad!
The iSight camera’s 8MP sensor captures images in 3264-by-2448 native resolution and 1080p HD video. So your photos and videos stay sharp and clear, even when viewed on larger screens.
Behind the precision optics and the sensor lies the brains of the iSight camera: the powerful image signal processor in the A8X chip. Its improved face-detection technology keeps more faces in focus and better noise reduction gives you cleaner, sharper images.
Now lets cover the number of features this camera brings to the table:
Time‑lapse video: Now you can create remarkable time-lapse videos and iOS 8 does all the work. Just set up your iPad Air 2, select Time-lapse mode, and tap Record.
Exposure control: Lighten or darken a photo or video in the preview pane with a simple slide, up to four f-stops in either direction.
120‑fps slo‑mo: The slo-mo feature lets you shoot HD video at 120 fps in 720p. You can even record and then select the portion you want to slow down.
Burst mode: Burst mode captures 10 photos per second and works with both cameras. As you shoot, your iPad Air 2 analyzes every shot in real time. Then it suggests the photos you might like best.
Timer mode: When you’re taking a group shot with the FaceTime HD camera, give everyone time to get in frame by setting the timer. It will wait 3 seconds or 10 seconds before taking a series of photos in burst mode.
High‑resolution panorama: Pano mode lets you take high-resolution panoramic photos at up to 43MP, which is impressive. And dynamic auto exposure adjusts as you shoot.
To round up the camera features, iPad Air 2 is as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera. Fire off 10 photos per second in burst mode. iPad automatically detects smiles and blinks and grabs the best shot. Shoot at 120 fps to create slo-mo videos. Or use Time-lapse mode to compress into a few amazing seconds events that take anywhere from 30 minutes to 30 hours.
Once you’ve captured a photo or video, there’s a lot more you can do. And iPad Air 2 makes it a breeze, because its built-in editing apps work seamlessly with all your images. Adjust exposure, color, brightness, and contrast. Add filters. Edit a movie with iMovie. Or use third-party apps to get even more creative.
With iCloud Photo Sharing, you can create a shared photo album to show off just the photos and videos you want to just the people you want. Invite your friends and family, and they can add their own photos, videos, and comments as well. Everything is automatically kept up to date on everyone’s devices. You can also post photos to Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites directly from the Photos app.
The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has a larger ƒ/2.2 aperture that lets in 81 percent more light. And the sensor and larger pixels improve performance in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Again thanks to the brilliant Retina display, video calls on iPad Air 2 are clearer than they’ve ever been. So no matter who you’re talking to or where they are, you’ll feel like you’re both in the room.
The two microphones in iPad Air 2 don’t just collect more sound. Together, they employ sophisticated noise-reduction technology to suppress background noise. In addition, when you switch cameras from front to back (or vice versa), the microphones switch, too. So what your iPad sees is also what your iPad hears.
Everything runs better on iPad Air 2. But thanks to the A8X chip, graphics-intensive apps are, well, intense.
Video editing, modeling and design apps, and games… all come to life, with incredible responsiveness, fluid motion, and near-cinematic performance.
To get the greatest graphics performance out of the A8X chip and iOS 8, Apple created something it calls Metal.
This is a technology that lets developers design highly immersive console-style games and is optimized to allow the main processor and the graphics processor to work together to deliver detailed graphics and complex visual effects.
So every imaginary world feels more realistic on the iPad Air 2!
iPad Air 2 comes with the breakthrough Touch ID technology. It gives you an unprecedented level of security because it uses nature’s most perfect password: your fingerprint.
So with just one touch, you can instantly unlock your iPad Air 2. But Touch ID goes beyond that. You can also make secure purchases in iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store. And with Apple Pay, you can unlock an entire world of online shopping that’s fast, convenient, and secure.
Your fingerprint is the perfect password. You always have it with you. And no one can ever guess what it is.
Put your finger on the Home button, and just like that, your iPad unlocks! No matter how you’re holding the tablet- portrait, landscape, or anything in between, your iPad knows who you are.
Now lets delve into the technology behind Touch ID.
The Home button on iPad Air 2 is made from a sapphire crystal surrounded by a stainless steel ring. When you touch the button, the steel ring detects your finger and the crystal sends an image of your fingerprint to a sensor. Software then reads the ridges of your print and confirms a match, it all happens in the blink of an eye.
Safety and security is paramount, and so an advanced security architecture within the A8X keeps your personal information private. Your passcode and fingerprint data never leave the iPad. They are not backed up to iCloud, nor are they shared with Apple or anyone else.
Lots of apps are already integrating Touch ID. You’ll be able to use your fingerprint to sign in and authorize new actions, without having to enter yet another password. Again, your fingerprint data is protected and never accessed by the operating system or any other apps.