After the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the ensuing debacle of ‘Bendgate’, Apple releases the iPad Air 2. The new tablet on the block is 18% thinner than its predecessor and is lighter than ever. It also looks a lot different than the previous iPad because it closely resembles the aforementioned smartphones. First thing you’ll notice is the incredible thickness (or lack of it) of the iPad Air 2. It’s 6.1mm thick (that’s less than a quarter of an inch) and it weighs less than a pound. But don’t let the thin profile fool you into thinking that this is all about looks. The iPad Air 2 features a redesigned 9.7-inch Retina display with a 2048×1536 resolution and 3.1 million pixels. While the previous iPad has three separate layers (cover glass, LCD and touch sensor), the new iPad combines all three into one. This eliminates the gaps between layers which keep the reflectivity of the display to a minimum. The heavy lifting is done by an all-new 64-bit A8X chip that’s built on a desktop architecture. This is helped tremendously by the M8 motion coprocessor which translates into a faster iPad with a longer battery life. Both cameras have also been improved, with the rear, 8MP iSight camera featuring a new sensor with a 3264×2448 native resolution. The front-facing FaceTime camera has also been improved with a new sensor. The iPad Air 2 will be offered in silver, space gray and the new gold tone which significantly adds to the classiness of the tablet. $500.
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