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Apple iPad Air 2 doesn't fall far from the tree

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:iPad? iPhone? A8X? 28nm?

Slimming down

The Air 2 is thinner than the original iPad Air at just 6.1mm thick. The smaller battery pack and thinner display help contribute to the slimmer form factor. As always, Apple pays close attention to the details to achieve this.

Double DRAM dip

The Air 2 uses twice as much DRAM as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, at 2GB, compared to 1GB in the most recent iPhones. This additional memory likely is required to support graphics on the larger-sized display.

Teardown roundup

The Air 2 adds a fingerprint sensor, which was not in first-generation Air. This technology is still relatively novel and unique to Apple, and represents a significant cost within the category of sensors inside the iPad Air.

The two camera modules appear to be the same as in the iPhone 6, with resolutions of 8Mpx and 1.2Mpxwithout optical image stabilisation. This is an upgrade from the previous 5Mpx and 1.2Mpx combination used in the previous-generation iPad Air.

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