iPad Now that the iPad Air 2 is denser...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Phonzoxd, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2013
    does it mean we may not get that hollow feeling to the Air 2 anymore?

    Its 18% thinner, but the weight is relatively the same. Will it feel more premium now that it may possible feel more solid and the hollow feeling might be gone?

    Or on the flip side, its so thin it might bend.
  2. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    You'll have to feel it for yourself, I guess.
  3. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    No idea, but I know the screen on my 6 Plus feels a lot nicer, glassier if that makes sense, than the rMini and Air 1. The iPad 3 felt glassy, the Air and Mini felt spongey in comparison.
  4. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Put it in your pocket or sit on it and lets see if itll bend. You can become a youtube star.


    My mini didnt feel spongey. My air feels hollow but....
  5. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Nor does mine....now I've not got an iPad 3 to compare it to. Not imagining it, I remember lots of people noticed it on both Air and rMini compared with the iPad 3 and 4.
  6. sportsfrk214 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    I love my Air, but I did notice that the screen makes a cheap sounding noise when you tap it. It sounded hollow, like you were tapping plastic. Obviously it was glass, but it seems like that air gap might have led to a hollow sound. Now that they have eliminated that air gap and made the device thinner, I would think it would feel a bit more premium.
  7. Phonzoxd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2013
    Lets hope so.
  8. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2014
    Good question.

    I'd bet they fixed that peculiarity to some degree

    But the iPad 4 days are long gone.
  9. justin216 macrumors 6502


    Mar 31, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    Most of the "hollow" sound came from 2 things -- thinner glass on the Air 1 vs older iPads, and lack of laminated display components (there were air gaps between the parts because they were separate layers).

    Since the Air 2 display components have been merged together, it should have a very solid feel to it, similar to an iPhone.
  10. greg555 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2005
    Agreed. I think laminating the glass, touch sensor, and LCD will make a big difference.
  11. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Not sure but I'll be going to the Apple store on Friday I'll see how it feels and report back!
  12. addictzz macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    That makes sense. air gap and thinner glass. Hopefully the Air 2 fixes this.
  13. vigilant macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I'd think the air gap is the big part of the spongy feel when you type.

    The screen being bonded to the glass I'd think would help make it not do that.

    18% decrease at roughly same weight should give it a substantial feel in the hand. I can post an update once mine arrives if you like though.
  14. addictzz, Oct 19, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2014

    addictzz macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    At first I was concerned with the newfound slimness of iPad. It looks too thin!! Fortunately the added dense might counterbalance this to give it more substantial feel.

    EDIT: According to my calculation, iPad Air 2 actually has less mass density than Air 1. Air 2 at ~74 g/inch and Air 1 at 94 g/inch.
  15. Shane1905 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2012
    Nope, iPad air 2 definatly has more density.

    iPad Air - 24cm x 16.95 cm x 0.75 cm = 305.1 cm3
    iPad Air 2 - 24 cm x 16.95 cm x 0.61 cm = 248.148 cm3

    iPad Air - 469g / 305.1cm3 = 1.537 g/cm3
    iPad Air 2 - 437g / 248.148cm3 = 1.761 g/cm3

    Hopefully it will make a noticeable difference when using it, if not I'm sure the lack of air gaps between the screen, digitiser and glass will make it feel more solid.
  16. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    i wish they could fill it with helium somewhere so it feels lighter.
  17. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
  18. Phonzoxd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2013
    Yes please let us know the difference once you get it.
  19. JTravers macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2010
  20. Rockies macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2011
    I am happy to report that there is no spongy feeling on the Air 2. Picked one up at Apple Store earlier today. The screen feels more like the Iphone now :) Now this yellow screen I got is a different matter:mad:
  21. vgamedude macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2013
    They still have the yellow screens?
    Hahahah oh wow that's sad. I'm so sorry man, I stopped trying to get a good one after 2 or 3 replacements with the first air, the ram was irritating anyway though.
  22. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    people really complain about some dumb and pointless things...
    Do you guys nitpick everything in life you buy?
  23. gadget123 macrumors 68000

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Feels no thinner or different to the ipad air 1 actually. Hence my case fits with plastic inlays from my old ipad.
  24. Closingracer macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2010

    Mine luckily doesn't have this yellow tint
  25. canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    MUCH better. Much more quiet when tapping! I love this new iPad and I have been hating my old iPad Air for a whole year (hollow feeling, noisy tapping, crashes, low RAM reloading, yah!!)

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