iPad iPad Air or iPad Air 2

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  1. Le Hamilton macrumors member

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    There's the iPad Air for 399$, and a iPad Air 2 for 499$. Are there many significant improvements at the iPad Air 2, or should buy the iPad Air for 399$?
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Get the 2, it will run iOS 8 and future releases much much smoother. The improvements are worth at least $100, IMO.
     
  3. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    Air 2 for absolute sure. It will have much more longevity.
     
  4. Le Hamilton thread starter macrumors member

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    Really? The iPad Air is just one year old, iOS 8 should run very smooth.
     
  5. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    It does not.
     
  6. matttye macrumors 601

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    So the Air 2 will have much more longevity but the Air doesn't run smoothly after a year.

    What?
     
  7. ipaqowner macrumors regular

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    Of course it does, I have one.
     
  8. addictzz macrumors 6502

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    For a $100 more, iPad Air 2. The anti-glare display alone could sway you away from iPad Air 1. Then there's faster wifi and touch ID. Gold color option as well.
     
  9. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely the 2. It's worth the extra hundred.
     
  10. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    Correct. The Air has the same 1 GB of RAM that's been present for many generations, and it's the only 9.7 inch iPad with a retina screen and no "X" version GPU.

    This version, with same number of pixels to push but a hexacore GPU (with likely the wider memory bandwidth of other "X" series processors) and more RAM (which has obviously become the biggest bottleneck of the system) will last way longer.
     
  11. Le Hamilton thread starter macrumors member

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    So, the weight is another good point for the iPad Air 2.
     
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. If you don't already have an iPad, the extra $100 is worth it to get the features you listed.
     
  13. addictzz macrumors 6502

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    Yeap. And the threadstarter doesn't have iPad Air 1. He's considering to get one.
     
  14. Le Hamilton, Oct 16, 2014
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    And if you have an iPad 1/2/3/4?
     
  15. matttye macrumors 601

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    More RAM isn't yet confirmed. I agree that this version has better specs but so did every other version before it. Every iDevice is hyped as being incredible but I wouldn't say any of them run the next version of ios perfectly.

    The Air 2 has incredible specs and will be a formidable tablet for this generation but don't try to tell me it's longevity will be any better than previous generations because it won't.
     
  16. EldonChew macrumors regular

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    It has the A8X chip and 2GB RAM

    Which has 1 billion more transistors than the A8

    And 2 billion more than the A7

    It's going to last you quite a while

    [​IMG]
     
  17. matttye macrumors 601

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    2GB RAM isn't yet confirmed.

    Show me an iDevice that actually ran the next version of iOS well.

    Usually iOS x.0 runs like crap for old generation devices and starts to smooth out a bit by x.2 or whatever.
     
  18. EldonChew macrumors regular

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    Pretty much confirmed.

    [​IMG]

    Just beside the A8X
    [​IMG]

    Then don't upgrade your devices when iOS 9 comes out and wait for 9.2 or 9.1.
     
  19. matttye macrumors 601

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    Pictures of components proves what... exactly?

    What device are you showing me?
     
  20. EldonChew macrumors regular

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    The iPad Air 2 which has the A8X.

    Pictures of the RAM component which shows 2GB of RAM.
     
  21. betabeta macrumors 6502a

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    Right, most likely the 12.9 iPad, for multitasking split screen, probably not the Air.
     
  22. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    iPhone 4S ran iOS 6 perfectly. Same for iPad 2 and iOS 5.
    It's funny how the chart actually goes down on the iPad 3. :eek: The iPad 2 really is better in some areas.
     
  23. EldonChew macrumors regular

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    I highly doubt the iPad Pro have the same chip as the iPad Air 2 has now.
     
  24. matttye macrumors 601

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    Doesn't mean it will be the only device that will have the A8X.

    My point is that you can't possibly tell what that is in the picture.

    Fair point - my iPad 2 did run iOS 5 perfectly now that I think about it, but it was already running iOS 5 when I bought it. Not sure if that makes a difference.

    Installing as new does seem to make a big difference.
     
  25. thedeejay macrumors 65816

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    iPad 3 was really the worst update to iPads they could've done. Feel bad for the folks who picked one up (not their fault).
     

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