iPad iPad 2 vs. Air 2 releases compared - Is this even possible?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mangomind, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    This iPad Air 2 release is looking more and more and more like the iPad 2 release!!!! I considered the iPad 2 update the best in terms of longevity, and the release was an amazing, solid update. But - was the iPad 2 release bested by the iPad Air 2 release?

    These extreme similarities for BOTH releases:
    Significantly thinner
    2x RAM amount
    2x CPU performance
    2.5x GPU performance
    No increase in display pixel count
    Display is more power efficient

    All other features, compared:
    iPad 2 - added front and back cameras, Air 2 - greatly improved front and back cameras
    iPad 2 - added gyroscope, Air 2 - added barometer and NFC
    Air 2 - added touchID
    Air 2 - 4.5x internal storage performance

    All I can say is... WOW.
  2. addictzz macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    Then should we expect Air 3 to behave like iPad 3?
  3. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    You're stretching massively to make this comparison which wouldn't even be all that big of a deal if it was accurate. After all, Apple has always released products on a refinement basis for nearly every new version with rare exceptions. That's all this is.

    First, the size difference is not that big of a deal. 1.4mm whoopty. Don't get caught up in the percentages.

    Next, lighter is barely worth a mention. 29g lighter. Almost nothing.

    You don't know if it's 2x ram yet, it's not confirmed.

    The CPU performance is only 2x in very specific scenarios, it's less than 50% increase for almost all cases. Similar situation with GPU.

    iPad display pixel count has only increased once leaving 2 pixel dimension options. Not changing is not significant.

    iPad 2 does not have NFC.

    Your entire excitement is based on "oooh iPad 2 was slightly better than iPad 1 and iPad Air 2 is *ALSO* slightly better than its predecessor! I've found Bigfoot!"

    Seriously. Humans are wired to find patterns even when they don't exist. Try to resist the habit. The only pattern here is "Apple updated iPad with obvious improvements based on recent reduction in costs of appealing technology options."
  4. jabingla2810, Oct 20, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2014

    jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    OH MY GOD!

    It's thinner, faster, lighter and has better cameras!

    Just like almost every update to every iOS Device ever.

    This is spooky!

    Also, they didn't add NFC.
  5. addictzz macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    I never heard anything about internal storage performance. What is this about?
  6. Will2145 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
  7. cannono macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2014
    I've seen about a dozen posts today saying iPad Air 2 has NFC and I don't know where people got that from. It's incorrect. It only has in app access to Apple Pay. It doesn't have NFC nor would it be very practical.
  8. mangomind thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Can you show me your sources for it not containing NFC? Since the A8 integrated chip contains the M8 processor and sensors such as barometer and NFC, why would Apple bother to remove NFC from the chip in the iPad Air 2?
  9. Will2145 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada

    No nfc antennas
  10. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    If they add a retina HD display, its totally possible the Air 3 could struggle just like the 3 did.

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