iPad Questions about the Air 2

Not-A-Fan

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Hi guys,

I had an iPad 4 for a week or so and I wasn't impressed. Unlike my Macbook, which I enjoyed from start, it seemed needlessly restrictive and not well thought out.

Now I'm considering getting the Air 2, but I want to ask about some of the functionality first.

Can the Air 2...

- use WhatsApp Web?
- do the picture in picture thing with Netflix?
- use a BT keyboard to SEND messages? As in press enter, send the message you just typed. That seems like the most obvious keyboard shortcut EVER, yet for some reason it didn't make it into iOS thus far. I'm hoping that changed when Apple paid a bit more attention to keyboards due to the iPad Pro.
- actually download / save files like MP3s or PDFs from the internet?
I remember being able to open them in Safari and listening to them straight away, but not being able to save them permanently to the machine.

And if you could recommend a small external bluetooth keyboard that isn't much longer than the iPad, please go ahead. :)

Oh, and how much space does iOS take up? Around 6 GB? Thinking on whether to get the 16 GB or 64 GB version...

Thanks!
 

hovscorpion12

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The iPad Air 2 will be able to use whatsApp web since it's the same as the iPhone. Netflix has to to update their app to support picture in picture, which currently it doesn't. The iPad can not download files/music through the internet.
 

Not-A-Fan

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What do you mean 'since it's the same as the iPhone'?

I want to use the browser-based web-interface for WhatsApp, like I would on a PC or Mac. Not the WhatsApp app, which isn't supported on iPads (for whatever reason, even those with a SIM card).
 

Saberon2014

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That's what he meant. There's only an iPhone compatible app so you must use web based on iPad.
 

Not-A-Fan

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I don't mind that at all, I think it's a treat to use, I just wasn't sure if the web interface worked on the iPad.
Has anyone really used it?
 

rmhop81

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Hi guys,

I had an iPad 4 for a week or so and I wasn't impressed. Unlike my Macbook, which I enjoyed from start, it seemed needlessly restrictive and not well thought out.

Now I'm considering getting the Air 2, but I want to ask about some of the functionality first.

Can the Air 2...

- use WhatsApp Web?
- do the picture in picture thing with Netflix?
- use a BT keyboard to SEND messages? As in press enter, send the message you just typed. That seems like the most obvious keyboard shortcut EVER, yet for some reason it didn't make it into iOS thus far. I'm hoping that changed when Apple paid a bit more attention to keyboards due to the iPad Pro.
- actually download / save files like MP3s or PDFs from the internet?
I remember being able to open them in Safari and listening to them straight away, but not being able to save them permanently to the machine.

And if you could recommend a small external bluetooth keyboard that isn't much longer than the iPad, please go ahead. :)

Oh, and how much space does iOS take up? Around 6 GB? Thinking on whether to get the 16 GB or 64 GB version...

Thanks!
iPad air 2 isn't going to do anything differently than the iPad 4. it's just thinner and faster. same iOS...
 

batting1000

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With regards to the bluetooth keyboard, I can confidently recommend this one to you:

http://www.amazon.com/Compact-Wireless-Bluetooth-Keyboard-Rechargeable/dp/B00PIMIUPW/ref=dp_ob_title_kitchen

It's super affordable and does everything all of the expensive keyboards do just as well. I was hunting for a good keyboard for my Air 2 several months ago and went with the Logitech Keys to Go and then returned that one for the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Then I asked myself why I was spending so much money on a bluetooth keyboard when I could get a cheap one from amazon that would work just as well. So I got the one linked above and it works great + the battery lasts forever. I've charged it maybe once in a few months. Plus you can get an extended warranty on it for a couple extra dollars from amazon. Anker makes really good products and they're really popular on amazon...they've got great customer service as well.

This one is also very similar and is by Anker as well. It's incredibly thin and compact but still very usable:

http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Ultra-Slim-Aluminum-Keyboard-Windows/dp/B00BKW2410/
 
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jclardy

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The iPad Air 2 will be able to use whatsApp web since it's the same as the iPhone. Netflix has to to update their app to support picture in picture, which currently it doesn't. The iPad can not download files/music through the internet.
The iPad can download files and music, if you tap a download url it will download the file, then let you "share" it to another app. You can't however download an MP3 into your music app, but you can save it into an app like GoodReader and play it from there.
 

Not-A-Fan

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iPad air 2 isn't going to do anything differently than the iPad 4. it's just thinner and faster. same iOS...
I'm specifically asking about features that might have been added since I had the 4 a couple of years ago.
It's obviously not the same, iOS 7 didn't have any multitasking at all.

keyboard recommendations
Thanks, that's exactly what was looking for!

Which only leaves the question about changes in keyboard support, specifially press enter to send (or control and enter, or command and enter, or anything really.