Just like we did last year, we're putting this year's iPad Air head-to-head with the last year model, trying to understand what exactly are the improvements and if it's worth the upgrade.
I'm sure you want to see just about everything that has been changed and that's what the focus will be on with this story - to highlight only the improvements. So, let's give it a go and see what changes do we find!
Finish and color - the new iPad Air 2 comes with the new Gold color option, on top of the Silver and Space Gray options. Also, the iPad Air 2 comes with a laminated screen, which means the LCD, glass, and touch sensor are optically bonded now.
Price and storage options - the WiFi model starts at $499 for the 16GB with $100 extra for each next upgrade. However, the 32 GB version is gone and instead we have 64GB and the new 128 GB version, as well. Last year's iPad Air 16 GB version is now at $399 and the 32GB one at $449. For the WiFi+Cellular version, add $130 for all configurations.
Display - while the new iPad Air has the same display resolution, it does come with a fully laminated display and antireflective coating which are improvements to take into account.
Dimensions and weight - with the new iPad Air, Apple has managed to decrease its thickness to just 6.1 mm compared to 7.5 mm on the 2013 model. This translates into a 18% thickness reduction. Also, the Wi-Fi model is slightly lighter at 0.96 pound (437 g), compared to 1 pound (469 g) on the original iPad Air. Similar values go for the Cellular model, as well.
Processor - the iPad Air 2 sports the A8X chip with 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor which is said to at least twice as powerful. It also comes with the TouchID fingerprint scanner that can be used for online purchases with ApplePay service.
Camera and video - the new model can take 8MP photos and also comes with a new Burst mode. There's also a new Slo-mo video when recording.
Another minor improvement is that the new iPad also gets a barometer sensor, which should prove to be useful in some apps. So, looking at all these changes, are you sticking to the 2013 model or making the upgrade? Up next is the iPad Mini.