iPad Air to Air2 worth it? Debating returning my Air 2.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by wickedwahine11, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. wickedwahine11, Oct 23, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2014

    wickedwahine11 macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2013
    I got a 128GB silver Air yesterday. First impressions were that it is very slim and light. But in comparing it to my old Air, while it is slimmer and lighter, the difference is not that significant to me. I also have found Safari tabs are not refreshing as much, which is nice.

    But I have noticed that the screen seems less responsive than my old Air - though that could just be an issue with my unit. For example in playing a game (Simpsons Tapped Out) I had to sometimes repeatedly tap (four or five times) to get it to respond. Other times it did fine the first time. I did take a video of it doing it so I can show the Genius Bar. I also had a Newsstand button have to be tapped repeatedly, as well as a Safari page.

    I am also having a problem getting a couple of my Newsstand magazines to let me get access. This is not an Air issue - I guess their app or maybe iOs but it does make me wonder if I should just keep my perfectly good Air where everything is functioning perfectly...if it isn't worth the hassle to get this one going.

    All in all (if the tapping issue is remedied) it is a wonderful device. I am just not sure it is worth the $450 to me (after the price I have coming on the sale of my Air).

    Has anyone else upgraded from the Air to the Air 2 and if so, did you think the upgrade was worth it? I do think if you have anything other than an Air the Air 2 is a wonderful device and well worth the upgrade. I am just not sure I am getting enough of an upgrade over my Air to make it worth it.
  2. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
  3. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    I haven't noticed anything like that between the Ipad air and air 2
  4. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I would say it's not worth the upgrade, unless you have the 3rd gen or earlier.
  5. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I upgraded from Air to Air 2. The thinness is definitely noticeable. Picking up my original air it feels huge in comparison. The weight difference is not noticeable.

    TouchID is probably the best improvement for me as I use 1Password all the time. The speed difference is noticeable when browsing the web, it loads heavy pages quite a bit faster. The last thing is the display...which to me looks a lot better. the difference is about a millimeter, but the display just being right on the glass really is a marked improvement. Also it reduced the "tapping" noise...tapping on the Air's display was noticeably louder than any other iPad before it. The Air 2 is quite reduced in that regard, probably because of the display components being fused (Older iPad's didn't have it because of thicker glass.)

    Overall I am happy with it, but I have not had any issues with touch sensitivity. I'd say for most people though it isn't really worth the upgrade year to year - you won't be able to do anything new with it that you can't do with the Air.
  6. Kiimora macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2014
    London UK
    keep the Air 2 & sell the Air...might as well seeing you have received it:D.

    Seriously if you think the change is minimal in terms of performance, resolution, functionalities ....oh if Touch ID is not a winner then you dont need it.
  7. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2010
    Keep'm both and you'll have the best and worst of both worlds.
  8. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2011
    Air 3 will be the upgrade to get. If you can hold out until next year, the Air 3 will have the A9 processor built on a 14nm process. It will be significantly faster and even better battery life. From there, the upgrades won't be as significant because Apple will be stuck at 14nm process for a few years.
  9. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    The tabs still refresh ?
  10. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007

    Next iPad will likely have a res bump, with same RAM and a better GPU that may not quite be up to the task of shifting several million more pixels. The Air 2 hw appears to be a pretty perfect balance that we haven't seen in an iPad since the iPad 4 imo (which I never actually owned) - my rMini and 6 Plus are good, but 64bit and 1gb RAM isn't a great mix, and I'm not just referring to blooming Safari tabs - I'm talking about the extremely frequent app refreshes, which I'm hoping the Air 2 will handle better. With an even higher res requiring more assets yet using the same 2gb RAM, plus the extra pixel pushing, the next iPad might be an inbetweener.

    For the sake of this argument, I'm ignoring the possible iPad Pro. Pointless discussing it until we know the baseline performance and differences from the normal iPad.
  11. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2011
    You make a good point. Also, there could be potential issues with the 14nm process. Intel has had trouble building 14nm processors and that is why Broadwell was delayed. Samsung will be the chip builder for the A9 because TSMC isn't able to build 14nm yet. I seriously doubt Samsung will be able to build a good 14nm process chip if Intel is having trouble.

    Waiting for a 2nd generation 14nm build with hopefully higher ram will probably be the best bet.
  12. wickedwahine11 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2013
    No they are much better than they used to be. I have only had one refresh since I started using the device yesterday. That is a big improvement.

    That is partially why I'm so torn. If the tapping issue is really an iOs issue (screen delay seems to be a bug in iOs for some people) then the iPad itself is great. I am just not sure I like it enough over my Air to keep it. Right now I am leaning returning (if for nothing else my Air has no tapping issues -- be they iOs or device related, all my stuff is loaded properly and it is already paid for).
  13. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    In my opinion, this is the most overpowered iPad since the iPad 2. Remember the iPad 2 running on iOS 4 or iOS 5? It was an amazing experience, and I believe that we'll see this again with this product.

    However, I totally understand why you'd considered returning your Air 2 if you have the 1st Air. In those respects, it's a modest upgrade.
  14. pmau macrumors 65816

    Nov 9, 2010
    Upgrades are not about specs and perceived speed.
    Chips evolve, power amplifiers evolve, manufacturing in general evolves.
    I would never return a product that represents the next step in technology.
    I would always sell the old version instead.

    Even if you don't notice it now. The code that uses the hardware, will slowly "grow" towards the limits of the hardware.

    Then suddenly, the Air 1 you kept will start to be slow.

    Today the just released Air 2 executes code that has evolved to push the limits of the Air 1. Once this fact changes, you'll be happy to have the newer model
  15. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
  16. infantrytrophy macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    Depends on how you use the iPad and what's important to you.

    I heavily use 1Password and like the integration with the fingerprint reader on the iPhone 6. It would be nice to have this on the iPad, but my iPad Air of course does not have the fingerprint reader. Is that alone worth upgrading from iPad Air to Air2? ... Would have to think about that ...

    Better camera on the iPad Air 2 is nice ... and the iPad screen is big enough to do some real image correction/manipulation work. But the work-around is to take picture with the iPhone 6 and work with the image on the iPad.

    Apple Pay w/ fingerprint reader probably wouldn't be a big deal (for me) on the iPad, but it is a big deal on the iPhone 6. I always have the iPhone 6 with me anyway. I know a couple of people who always carry an iPad and don't have iPhones. If you are like that, then maybe the fingerprint reader and ApplePay would be the "killer app" for you.
  17. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    Skylaky is still on schedule according to Intel
  18. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    As always the hardware is amazing in looks and how it works. The OS is beginning to be the problem and has been since 7.
  19. luckylisp macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2006
    NY state
    I don't think it's worth the upgrade from an iPad Air, personally. I'd return it and save yourself the money.
  20. Gincoma macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    Your a genius for coming up with that one...its never been heard, of its unreal...props to you.
  21. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Anyone else on whether upgrading from iPad Air to Air 2 is worth it?
  22. jlp2979 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009
    I sold my Air and picked up an Air 2 today and don't regret it at all. My old Air had two dead pixels and I made the mistake of buying it at Best Buy. Didn't want to get banned from exchanging too many times so I just dealt with it for the past year. Had I not had the dead pixels I probably still would've bought the Air 2, it just made the decision that much easier. My home router is AC wifi which the Air 2 supports. I like the screen better, the slightly reduced glare is way easier on my eyes depending on the ambient lighting. I will be using Log Me In Pro occasionally to remotely access my work PC, the increased memory of the Air 2 may be of use for that app, not sure yet. I love the specs of the Air 2, resolution and CPU combined with 2 gb ram is perfect as some others have said. The only other iPad I've kept beyond 1 year was the iPad 2. The Air 2 will likely be the next. Something better will always be around the corner. If you already bought an Air 2 and are thinking of returning and keeping the Air, will you regret the decision in 3 months? Also will you keep the Air 2 longer than you'd keep the Air? If so it's worth it to keep it in my opinion.
  23. Whoakapi macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2010
    Great post. This is the most sensible answer I've heard today. The differences between the two tablets are so big.

    But switching between Air and Air 2 will require dedication and practice. It's not really that easy.
  24. janderson0719 macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2011
    OP not sure if he's getting an enough upgrade from an Air 1 to an Air 2

    Gee... :rolleyes:

    Should of just stuck with the Air 1


    It's not. It really isn't.

    Anyone upgrading from an Air 1 to an Air 2 are really fooling themselves.
  25. SoCalReviews, Oct 24, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014

    SoCalReviews macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2012
    I bought an iPad Air 16 GB model a few months ago. I liked it so much I returned it and upgraded to the Air 128 GB model. I have no regrets not waiting for the Air 2. Right now I am completely happy with the Air 1. If I was in the OP's situation I would give the Air 2 more time to try out and after that keep the one I really want regardless of any hassle to sell or return it. You are the one who has to be happy with your purchase in the long run.

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