iPad Ipad air 2 is extremely fast!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ag29, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. ag29 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    Picked it up to replace my original Ipad air.

    Wasn't really expecting much..Thinner eh..cool but not that big of a deal...touch id...dont really care...better camera...eh don't take pictures with my ipad anyway.

    Then I tried using it...and boom this thing is almost twice as fast as the original air! by far the best feature is its speed. I must admit I'm pretty impressed just from speed alone I wasn't expecting much improvement.
  2. Jony Ive macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    Another improvement is the response of the display, it's as good as the iPhone 6
  3. ag29 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    No comparison between my 6 plus and ipad air. 6 plus is fast, but the new ipad just blows it out of the water.
  4. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    CPU perfromance is almost on par with the Macbook Air 2014.
  5. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Do you have a stylus? I use the bluetooth Adobe Ink for drawing and was wondering if the new bonded display has less distance between the tip of the stylus and the virtual ink being laid down on the display. This is important for precise drawing. Thanks!


    This is precisely why I think the rumored 12" iPad Pro and 12" fanless MacBook Air are actually the same machine.
  6. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Good to hear it delivers on the speed. I'm curious to see what kind of apps will get developed for it to make use of that power.
  7. ionjohn macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2013
    That'd be cool, a macbook air but the screen is touch and you can decide to boot iOS or OS X
  8. Alith macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2008
    London, UK.
    Hearthstone still stuttered and chugged a little on my Air. On my Air 2 it's really slick and feels like the desktop version. It's not even optimised for Metal either.
  9. ipadlvr macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2014
    But how is the WiFi?
  10. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    This is good to hear. I can't wait to try mine out tomorrow.
  11. Faelan macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2014
    Mine has been steady on the 5GHz band all day. Did a speed test against my Asus RT-AC68U router at 4 feet which gave me ~450-500mbps. Certainly fast enough for me!
  12. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    How is general movement around the UI compared to the original Air?
  13. partouse macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2014
    There is no lag. The UI functionality and transition effects are the only limiting factor.
  14. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    I have a hard time believing this, using any type of pen with the iPad you saw a noticeable delay and lag
  15. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    My simple test:
    Go to The Verge on the Air and the Air 2, and scroll up and down the page. The Air reloads the page as I move from top to bottom, and the Air 2 keeps the entire page loaded at all times. Also, the Air 2 loaded the page faster than the Air when they were launched simultaneously.
  16. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Twice as fast for everything? What have you tried?
  17. ipadlvr macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2014
    How's your WiFi?
  18. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    I wasn't exactly planning on upgrading from my Air (but kind of knew I would ;)). Stopped by the Apple store at lunch to check it out. What is most impressive to me is being able to keep 11 tabs opened without reloading (including The Verge), AFTER I played a game of Minion Rush for about 3 minutes. Interestingly when I first picked up that demo, it already had like 8 tabs opened. I added 3 more :p

    I'm sold. Will buy it from Best Buy as soon as they have it at my local store.
  19. ipadlvr macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2014
    Good. If this is a real issue it'll break my heart.

    I sold my laptop and I have no computer. I sold my laptop months ago waiting for this Air 2. If the WiFi won't work then it will be totally useless to me and I'm not updating it ever, so it needs to work out of the box.
  20. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    You sold you laptop months ago for this iPad? So you've only been using your phone?

    You must need to do very little
  21. kioko91 macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2014
    Ipad air 2 is extremely fast!

    Here are some wifi tests on Verizon Fios. Works flawlessly.



    Edit: also still on first battery charge out of the box. Been streaming YouTube all day, tapatalk, and casting Netflix. It's been on since I got it yesterday through all the app installs and screen tests. Loving it so far.
  22. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    This probably has more to do with the 2gb RAM then speed.
  23. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    My Air is constantly dropping wifi when I try to watch Netflix in bed. From there it's corner to corner 1st to 2nd floor from where the router is. If I hold the iPad sideways wifi speed falls off the cliff (every iPad iteration was this way). I'm using an Asus AC68 AC router which is one of the top models. I'm hoping the Air 2 with AC will give me better reception from bed.

    Can you try holding your Air 2 sideways (both ways) and see how much speed drops off? Try it from a good distance from your router. This reception dropoff when held sideways is mainly an issue when far away from the router.

  24. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    I haven't run any tests on my wifi, since it's a $40 NetGear piece of junk. It's time to upgrade that.....
  25. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Right, the iPad air can load the website fine, it's the lack of memory which causes the constant refreshing

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