iPad How can you tell the difference between Air and Air 2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tekchic, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. tekchic, Oct 28, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2014

    tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Husband ordered an Air 2 - the order says Air 2. The box and the invoice just say "Air" and the part number matches the invoice.

    Is there a definitive way of telling the difference between the two models? I understand the logic behind the box just saying "Air" these days but it's going to make it a pain to figure out which model it actually is now.

    EDIT: I'd say to compare the thickness of mine (Air) vs his -- but my Air is here at work with me. Wanted to make sure it gets cleared up before the end of the business day.
  2. dcharleyultra macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2013
  3. tekchic thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    THANK YOU! Can't believe I forgot about that. :)
  4. fanchee macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    Also, the home button looks different because of Touch ID.
  5. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2013
  6. ozshadow macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2011
    Also, Air box has very slightly angled pic on top. Air 2 is absolute side profile, no angle.
  7. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2011
    Push on the back right side area of the iPad. If you see ripples on the screen, then it is an Air 2. If you don't see ripples then its Original Air.

    You can also determine by turning up the volume of the device while listening to music or a show. If the iPad vibrates like a video game controller, then its an Air 2, if it doesn't, then its an Air.

    You can also look at the charger that comes with the iPad. If the charger says 10w, then its Air 2, if it says 12w, then its Air.

    And finally, look for a switch above the volume buttons. If theres a mute toggle switch, its an Air, if theres no switch, its Air 2.
  8. superlawyer15 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2014
    1. My ipad air 2's screen does not distort when applying pressure to the back
    2. the original air also vibrates with the volume up
  9. Lukewarmwinner macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    And then you return it due to all these highlights after reading way too many MR threads...
  10. derekgroves macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Then you're in denial. Let me come visit and I'm quite certain I can demonstrate the LCD ripple for you, on *any* Air 2. It's not necessarily a defect, it's just an inherent property of the housing being that thin. But don't pretend it's not present.
  11. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Why would anyone press as hard as you need to do to make the screen ripple? That's like purposely bending your iPhone 6.
  12. piriawan macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2013
    What? It vibrates? Really?

    I thought the only iDevice that vibrates are the iPhones...
  13. Supermallet macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2014
    Way to hijack a thread when there's already an ongoing thread about screen distortions and another one about volume vibrations. Luckily someone already gave the OP the correct answer, which is the lack of mute button.

    If it's gold that would also be another indicator. ;)
  14. addictzz macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    If you order the gold color, the color is reflected in the box. Air doesn't have gold color option

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