Apple just unveiled the new iPad Air 2, but is it worth the extra $100 price? Apple is getting some flack today from critics around the world that are underwhelmed by the newest addition to the iPad lineup, though there might be some good reasons to consider the iPad Air 2 over the iPad Air - here’s a closer look.
iPad Air 2 Details
The biggest improvement to the new iPad Air 2 is that this tablet comes with Apple’s Touch ID. But since this detail was actually leaked prior to Apple’s official iPad announcement, it doesn’t come as a big surprise to many. Plus, if you already have an iPhone with Touch ID, a tablet with the same technology might not be entirely mind-blowing. Other than the Touch ID feature, the new iPad Air 2 also has some weight advantages.
The newest iPad Air is 18% thinner than the last iPad Air, which means that it weighs less than a pound at .24-inches thick. As far as the display size and resolution, well, those stats don’t change with the iPad Air 2 (9.7-inch Retina display with 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution). The other area where you’ll see a change is inside of the iPad Air 2.
On the Inside
Apple has dropped a A8X chip into the iPad Air 2, which Apple has said delivers faster CPU speeds. You’ll also get better graphics with this chip, and now the iPad Air can get 10 hours of battery life. Since battery life is one of the things that you’ll want to look closely at when it comes to choosing a tablet, it might be worth the extra price for the iPad Air 2 just to get a tablet with more battery power.
The other major improvement with the iPad Air 2 is the 8-megapixel iSight camera.
Lastly, the iPad Air 2 has faster WiFi capabilities, so that’s something else to take into consideration if a longer battery life doesn’t interest you.
The iPad Air 2 now also comes in a nice gold color, and you can pre-order this tablet for $499 now through the Apple website (16GB). As far as the original goes, that one is priced at $399 - are a longer battery life, thinner body, and better camera worth the $100 upgrade price? That’s up to you to decide, but Apple is going to have some stiff competition this year with a slew of other tablet competitors coming out with some devices that give the new iPad Air 2 a run for its money.
Mostly, Apple fans aren’t thrilled with the newest chances that are really more improvements than resulting in the creation of a brand new device. But if you’re an Apple fan, it’s worth heading to an Apple store to check out the new Air 2 when it arrives in store. In the meantime, you can ogle the photos on the Apple site or pick one up. Will you be buying this new Air, or is this one really nothing to write home about?