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According to a recent teardown performed by the repair experts over at iFixit, the iPad Air has a battery that's 15 percent smaller. This is impressive if we take into consideration the fac that Apple claims it still gets the same battery life. So, with a shrunken battery, the new iPad Air 2 is still able to deliver the same battery life.
According to Apple, the tablet maintains its 10-hour battery life thanks to its A8X chip and software improvements. The decrease in battery size could also be the main cause for the fact that the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner than last year's iPad Air.
Apple says that the new A8X chip, along with improvements in software, help the iPad make up the difference. The iPad Air 2 come with 27.62 Wh batter unit, as opposed to the original Air's 32.9 Wh capacity.
The team from iFixit also found out that the dual mic inched its way closer to the iSight camera. To see the entire teardown process, go ahead and visit iFixit's website.
Technology pundits have taken the iPad Air 2 for a ride and have put it under the magnifying glass to see what this shiny new toy can do. John Gruber from the DaringFireball publication has taken a closer look at the performance of the iPad Air 2 and has discovered some interesting tidbits.
According to some recent benchmarks tests, The Air 2 is noticeably faster than the iPhones 6 in single-core performance and it’s faster than a three-year-old MacBook Air, and close to the performance of a two-year-old MacBook Air. It’s also more than half as fast as today’s top-of-the-line 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Here are some more details shared by Gruber:
"But Geekbench only measures CPU performance — year-over-year, the iPad Air 2 is even more impressive in terms of GPU performance. Apple claims, “The A8X chip has an astonishing 2.5 times the graphics performance of the A7 chip,” and from what I’ve seen, that’s true.
The iPad is no longer following in the wake of the iPhone, performance- and specs-wise. It’s forging ahead. With 2 GB of RAM, it’s a year ahead of the iPhone (we hope) in that department. Performance-wise it’s fast enough to replace a MacBook Air for many, many people. The demos that Apple chose for last week’s event — the Pixelmator image editor and Replay real-time video editor — emphasize that. Those are performance-heavy tasks, and the iPad Air 2 handled them with aplomb."
He also advises those who are on the fence about buying a 16 or 64 GB new iPad, especially the Air 2, to pay the extra $100 for the 64 GB version.
This is a clever strategy from Apple to drive sales towards the bigger storage option, since the production of flash storage has drastically cheapened over the years.
Apple's new iPads now available for in-store pickup at some Apple Stores, according to a recent story from MacRumors. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available for in-store pickup at a growing list of retail locations in the United States,
For now, in-store pick-up is limited to Wi-Fi-only iPads and is available at a limited number of retail locations. However, as soon as Apple catches up to demand for the new tablets, all Apple Stores from the United States and all over the world should be able to offer this as a default option.
To see if the in-store pickup is available at nearby retail location, head over to Apple’s US Online Store, choose your iPad model and check the bottom of the page. There, if personal pickup is available, you’ll see the “Available for pickup” message. You can also click the “Check availability” link and enter your ZIP code to get a list of nearby stores allowing you to pick up your iPad in person.
It's also possible to choose the “Pick up” option when you check out and after that selecting an Apple Retail Store near you.
After that, Apple will send you an email when your order is ready to be picked up. What's nice is that you can have someone else pick up your iPad for you. At the moment, all iPad Air 2 models on Apple’s Online Store in the United States were 2-4 business days out, with the iPad mini 3 models showing shipping availability within 24 hours.
What about you - are you getting one of the new iPads or you're going for a previous model?
It turns out that the new iPad Air 2's A8X mobile chip is a very robust and powerful competitor. Even though it gets beaten by the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 a series of Geekbench benchmarks, it comes out ahead of all the other flagship tablets currently available. It even beats the NVIDIA Shield Android tablet which was designed for gaming.
The website Laptopmag.com recently put a number of flagship tablets through their paces and even though the Surface Pro 3 was the superior device in these tests, the iPad Air 2 was able to best the Surface Pro 3 in a few benchmarks, like battery life and brightness.
Of course, it probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, especially considering that the Surface Pro 3 is basically filled with PC internals. It's designed to replace a laptop, yet includes tablet functionality, so this isn't exactly comparing the same fruit. Regardless, it's also considerably more expensive than the iPad Air 2, so there's that to consider. As far as the tablet market goes, Apple has done it again by creating a wonderful and powerful product that leaves Android scrambling to catch up.
It will be interesting to see how things shake out when Apple releases their 12-inch iPad Pro, and Microsoft launches the next-generation Surface Pro 4. Pretty soon it will be hard to distinguish tablets from PCs at all.
Whenever Apple releases a new iPad, the company makes a tradition of not revealing how much RAM it packs, leaving the task to journalists and tech experts. According to a new benchmark, the iPad Air 2 has a triple-core A8X processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.
The A8 CPU found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a dual-core processor with 1 gigabyte of RAM, which was also revealed by the same benchmark. Benchmarks of another "iPad5,4" have showed up via GeekBench with similar information, revealing a 1.5-gigahertz clock speed.
At its launch events, Apple prefers to focus on performance improvements instead of revealing just the 'dry' tech specs. And this is a good strategy, since bare numbers can't tell too much about how a product fares.
Nonetheless, now you now that your fresh iPad Air 2 is a triple-core tablet which sports 2GB of RAM, as well. Also, you need to know that the A8X chip is said to be 40 percent faster than the A7 processor found in the first iPad Air.
The iPad Air 2 is already available for pre-order and some of you are probably looking forward to get one shipped home quite soon. Here's an interesting piece of information to share with you that will help assess the power packed inside the second-generation iPad Air.
According to some benchmark tests run by LaptopMag, on the Geekbench 3, scale which measures multi-core performance, the iPad Air 2 notched 4,547. That's more than 1.5X higher than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (2,776 with octa-core Exynos CPU) and more than 1,000 points higher than the Tegra K1-powered Nvidia Shield Tablet (3,437).
The publication goes on saying that only Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 and its 1.9-GHz Intel Core i5-4300U scored more, registering 5,665. The 2013 iPad Air scored 2,694 on the same test, so we can see that the current iPad Air 2 is already more than double.
On the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, the tablet scored 21,660, which is much better than the Galaxy Tab S (13,481) and last year's Air (14,850). However, the Shield Tablet (29,938) and Surface Pro 3 (33,614) both beat the iPad. But they come with lower-resolution screens, which makes the job a little easier.
The iPad Air 2 is out in the wild and the first reviews from high-profile tech publications are already here. We decided not to include the iPad mini 3 because, as we have already pointed out in the past, the single improvements that it comes with are the new gold color option and the TouchID fingerprint scanner.
As expected, most iPad Air 2 reviews are positive, many saying that the iPad Air 2 deserves the title of the best tablet in the world. Let's have a look at some interesting excerpt from various websites.
The Pokémon Company has today released its second Pokémon iOS game, entitled Camp Pokémon, reports MacRumors. The game is supposed to be aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 8, but Pokemaniacs span the generations, so I’m sure fans of every age will be excited about this release.
It’s also remarkable as it’s only the second Nintendo-related game to be released on iOS, with many fans crying out for Nintendo to allow some of its classic characters such as Mario and Luigi to appear on iOS. And while it’s The Pokémon Company and not Nintendo that controls the lucrative and popular franchise, it’s still a franchise that is very closely related to Nintendo.
Gameplay in Camp Pokémon sees players exploring an island crammed full of Pokémon-themed activities, including searching for Pokémon, as well as various Pokémon mini-games.
Here are some of the game’s key features, courtesy of MacRumors:
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