iPad Assuming 2GB RAM...is the Air 2 the Longevity Model?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by puma1552, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    iPad 1: Basically a prototype, bad buy
    iPad 2: Much more powerful, lasted a long time, good buy
    iPad 3: Too weak to drive the retina screen, bad buy
    iPad 4: Plenty of power to drive the retina screen, good buy
    iPad Air: 64 Bit but 1 GB of RAM, bad buy
    iPad Air 2: A8X + 2 GB of RAM...should be a really good buy that will be for sale well into the future and handle numerous iOS updates?

  2. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Yeah I'm hoping this one will be future-proof for a few years.
  3. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    If it's spec'd out the way you've written, then yes, it'll be able to handle numerous iOS updates. My iPad 4 is chugging along just fine going on its two year anniversary.
  4. Zinthar macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2006
    If the Air 2 has 2GB, then I completely agree with your assessment on all of the models.
  5. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    The reason I brought up this thread is because historically there have been iPads worth getting, and others that weren't. The Air 2 looks to be the one to get, but it begs the question, will Apple keep oscillating and somehow inadvertently cripple the Air 3 next year? We know we are getting the iPhone 6 form factor for the iPad next year, which would be very refreshing over the chamfered edges of the Air 2. The chamfered edges just don't look good next to an iPhone 6.

    I don't upgrade every year, so if I knew next year's iPad would be a solid buy then I'd wait for the new form factor, but if next year's iPad were to be revealed pretty much right away it was a bust, I'd hate to wait for the Air 4. If next year's iPad is as solid as the Air 2, then I'll kimNd of wish I had waited.

    But it does seem that the Air 2 is the one to get, at least for now...? Too conflicted, I love my weighty 4 so much.
  6. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    it is interesting that they flip flop like this.

    mini seems to follow same path.

    mini 1- bad buy (repackaged iPad 2, which was a good buy but late into its cycle when A6x was dominating)
    mini 2 - good buy. nitpicky issues like "Bad" gamut (with color profiles my screen looks great) now a better buy because its cheaper
    mini 3- bad, arguably terrible buy
  7. Zinthar macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2006
    I'm leaning towards going with the Air 2, but I don't currently own an iPad (had a 3 and sold it) so it's not as hard of a decision. I don't see what Apple can bring to the table next year to make the Air 3 as big of a leap as this Air 2 is. There's not a lot of room for them to make it smaller and lighter than 6.1mm, and they finally have gone to a laminated and much less reflective display. Along with 2GB of RAM (assuming that's true), they've addressed all of the weak points of the iPad Air's hardware.

    I really want split-screen multi-tasking down the line, though. I would pre-order immediately if I knew for sure it was coming and that the Air 2 would handle it well.
  8. RAPTORSKI macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2013
    British Columbia
    2 GB of RAM would really solidify a purchase for me at this point. I am still holding on to my trustworthy iPad 2 that's been everywhere with me but iPad Air 2 looks like a really good replacement. A bit concerned about the smaller wattage of the iPad Air 2 battery but still no figures on the mAh or usage reports so only concerns at this point.
  9. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    I think next year we will largely be looking at a form factor change and an A9, among other small things. And if it gets a higher PPI, therein may lie the crippling of the Air 3 if the processor can't drive a potentially upgraded display.
  10. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Assuming Apple slut (like me), there is no longevity model.
  11. Soulweaponry macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2010
    I have the air and love it, but am handing it down to my girlfriend while I get the air 2. This is the first iPad that's come out where I said to myself "there is literally nothing else I want in a tablet in the next few years. I can keep this for quite awhile". The screen is better, it's as thin as it can get, twice the ram, better camera, Touch ID. I mean what else is there? What can possibly come in the next...say...3 years that I'll have to upgrade?

    I'm gonna buy the max gig iPad air 2 and use it til it dies. My iPhone ill still upgrade every year or two, but with my tablet....it's like my laptop. I don't really need to keep going out and getting the new one. I'll be fine for a long time
  12. Supermallet macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2014
    A 1080p screen for one thing.
  13. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    If it has 2gb, I'd definitely say yeah.

    The next iPad will presumably have a res bump, and unless that comes with an appropriate GPU bump, the next one would could be a lesser purchase for the long term.

    I'm sitting this one out, sticking with my rMini.

    Still wouldn't be surprised if the Air 2 still has 1gb ram though. Apple and RAM is like Alex Ferguson and good midfielders post Roy Keane.
  14. addictzz macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    I'd say iPhone 6 doesnt look good next to chamfered edges. I personally love chamfered edges. The shine provides extra elegance without the added looking cheap like a chromed or glossy material.
  15. fugmaglottu macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2014
    The chamfered edges just don't look good next to an iPhone 6.[​IMG]
  16. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Maybe I'm biased because I have one and love it but the Air has plenty of longevity built into it. The Air 2 is not much of an upgrade as far as I'm concerned. An extra GB of RAM is nice and all but doesn't suddenly make the Air 2 some lifetime certified tablet. People will still complain about something and then the posts for 4GB of RAM and "if it only had this feature" will start to crop up.

    Y'all should know how this goes by now.... ;)
  17. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Why would Apple want it to last a long time, they'd rather sell you a better one next year!
  18. Loge macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    Each to their own,

    iPad 1: First iPad, breakthrough product, good buy
    iPad 2: Incremental update, bad buy
    iPad 3: First iPad to have Retina screen, good buy
    iPad 4: Not compelling enough if you have the 3, bad buy
    iPad Air: Substantially lighter and thinner, good buy
    iPad Air 2: ??
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Even if the Air 2 does have 2GB it will not stop all the problems everyone blames on it. It may not help at all.


    Could not agree more. Hope Apple keeps them coming!
  20. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    LOL! This was something that made me spit my water all over the place from laughing lol.
  21. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    I feel like the Air 2 is THE product Steve Jobs had in mind originally when dreaming up the iPad. Just took 4-5 years to get there.

    Still on the fence about a preorder. So hard to let go of my 4 since it is absolutely flawless in terms of QC, has a perfect screen, etc.
  22. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    Thus the iPad Air 1 was born, to make everyone upgrade to an iPad Air 2 with 2GB of RAM ;)

    I personally feel that with those least showing the A8X and 2GB of RAM, because they got the A8X right (as well as the colour :p ), I think it is 99.9% getting 2GB of RAM. Scrap that, 100%, yeah I went there ;)
  23. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    You've basically nailed my thought process for everything except the first model. But I like buying the first model because it's so crazy, new, and I always keep the first model forever. But I'm probably an outlier in that regard.

    There is a definitely a pattern to it. The A8X is different enough that it could have more RAM, and those leaked photos seem to suggest it has the proper model number for 2GB of RAM. Since the iPad Air had a higher clock, it actually doesn't Geekbench much lower than the base A8 in the iPhone 6. Apple touts a 40% speed increase over the original Air, which would put it well ahead of the A8. If the math works out, that would put it in the ballpark of a 2011 MacBook Air, and perhaps as high as the base 2010 MacBook Pro. That's fairly impressive for iOS, and the performance would feel even better than those machines considering that iOS is much more lean and optimized than OS X. 2GB of RAM would be perfect for this machine for advanced tasks like working in Lightroom, Pixelmator, and apps that haven't even been thought of yet that could use that extra RAM for advanced processing. Otherwise I'll just wait it out.
  24. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    And if it doesn't it won't last 14 days here.
  25. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    This is kind of how I see things as well. The iPad 1 was definitely crippled, but it was a completely new type of device and you missed out on that experience for over a year by waiting. The iPad 2 would not have been all that long-lived had it not been for the fact that Apple decided to keep it around for educational and corporate use due to the 30-pin connector. For the average user it was a very minor upgrade - especially considering most of the limitations at that point were in software, not hardware.

    I went from the iPad 1 to the 4 - which in my mind was the first time the hardware and software really got in alignment and it started to become my main personal computing device. I only went to the Air because it was such a leap in design that it felt like the first device that was really what the iPad was envisioned to be from the start - ie. the first iPad that was effortless to hold all day.

    The Air 2 builds on that, but I honestly see it as another incremental improvement. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to have one, but at this point I'm sitting it out. Even if it has 2gb of RAM, I'm not convinced the software is yet going to be optimized for it to make much difference. I don't expect that alone to change the user experience much.

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