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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.

iPad Air 2
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iPad Air 2 in Gold
Also known as2nd generation iPad Air
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn
Product familyiPad Air
TypeTablet computer
Generation2nd
Release dateOctober 22, 2014
Introductory price$499 USD
499€ EUR
£399 GBP
$619 AUD
$549 CAD
DiscontinuedMarch 21, 2017
Units sold2 Million
Operating systemOriginal: iOS 8.1
Current: iOS 12.4.1, released August 26, 2019 (2019-08-26)
System-on-chip usedApple A8X with 64-bit architecture and Apple M8 motion co-processor
CPU1.5GHz tri-core 64-bit ARMv8-A "Typhoon"[1]
Memory2GB LPDDR3 RAM[2]
Storage16, 32, 64, 128 GB flash memory
Display9.7 inches (250 mm) 2,048 x 1,536 px (264 ppi) with a 4:3 aspect ratio
GraphicsPowerVR GXA6850[3]
SoundStereo (both at bottom)
InputMulti-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 inputPnP
CameraFront: 1.2 MP, 720p HD, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Rear: 8.0 MP AF Sony Exmor RS IMX134, iSight with Five Element Lens, Hybrid IR filter, video stabilisation, face detection, HDR, ƒ/2.4 aperture
TouchpadGlass
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
Power27.8 W·h 3.76 V 27.62 W·h (7,340 mA·h)[2]
Online servicesApp Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center
Dimensions240 mm (9.4 in) (h)
169.5 mm (6.67 in) (w)
6.1 mm (0.24 in) (d)
MassWi-Fi: 437 g (0.963 lb)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 444 g (0.979 lb)
PredecessoriPad Air
SuccessoriPad Air (2019)
Related articles
WebsiteiPad Air 2 at the Wayback Machine (archived March 21, 2017)

The iPad Air 2 was discontinued on March 21, 2017 exactly 1 year after the first generation was discontinued. Its successor, the third-generation iPad Air, was released on March 18, 2019.[5]

HistoryEdit

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.

FeaturesEdit

SoftwareEdit

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]

It was revealed at WWDC 2019 that the iPad Air 2 would support iPadOS. It does lack the support for some features though such as Memoji Stickers and Apple’s ARKit based applications, due to it having the Apple A8X Processor. Apart from this, most of the features that were introduced in iPadOS will work with this iPad, including support for external USB drives (using the camera connection kits), the redesigned split screen and multitasking interface (with support for two apps to be open at once), support for Haptic Touch (no haptic feedback will be felt as the iPad family don’t have Taptic Engines), and support for Sidecar in macOS Catalina. Many people have described this iPad with this new software as a budget, and watered down version of its successor the iPad Pro.[11]

HardwareEdit

The iPad Air 2 inherits hardware similar to both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with a major change in processor to the Apple A8X, 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.[12] 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.[13] 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, although 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.[14]


ReceptionEdit

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.[15]

TimelineEdit

iPad Pro (2018)iPad Pro (2018)iPad Pro (2017)iPad Pro (2017)iPad ProiPad ProiPad Mini (2019)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (2019)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad (2nd generation)iPad (1st generation) 
Source: Apple Newsroom Archive[16]

ReferencesEdit

  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 brings back the iPad Air with new 10.5-inch display and Apple Pencil support". The Verge. 2019-03-18. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  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 + iPadOS | IN-DEPTH Test - Budget iPad Pro? (2019), retrieved 2019-09-12
  12. ^ iPad Air 2 even more powerful than first thought. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Apple - iPhone 6 - Cameras". Apple.
  14. ^ Stevens, Tim (October 30, 2012). "iPad review (late 2012)". Engadget. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  15. ^ "Apple iPad Air 2 Review". The Verge.
  16. ^ 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)