Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Apple iPad Air 2 unveiled , New A8X chip and high res cameras in a 6.1mm thin shell

Apple just announced the new iPad Air 2 , the new iPad Air , which is said to be only 6.1mm thin is by far the thinnest tablet we've seen , the new thickness is achieved by a new display laminating method that kicks off some of the fat in previous iPad displays , this method has also helped the ipad achieve a 5% higher outdoor visibility rating than previous models  .The processor has also been beefed up with 2GB of RAM , the A8X soc , which follows Apple's 64bit chip design has 3Billion transistors and it has a 40% faster CPU speed and a 2.5x GPU rating . The cameras on the new iPad Air 2 have also been revamped , the new unit gets a 8mp camera with slow motion recording and a improved front facetime camera , the battery however has been left alone and it still offers the same 10 hour batterylife of previous generations even with the new hardware . And of course , Touch-ID finger print sensor is now available on the iPad air 2 . The storage size of the new iPad is also changed , we initially guessed that the 16GB version will be omitted , but as it turns out , the company is keeping the 16GB version , but instead they are giving the boot on the 32GB version , which is now replaced by a 64GB variant.(read the rest of the specs below)

Display - 9.7" 2048x1536 ,4:3 aspect ratio  264ppi IPS display , Gorilla Glass Protection 

OS - iOS 8 /8.1

Design - Unibody tablet  , 6.1mm thickness 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm   

Connectivity - Optional 4G LTE , WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0 , TouchID fingerprint sensor ,Optional GPS+Glonass +Braometer 

Processor - 1.3 Ghz Apple A8 64Bit Dual core SOC + M8 Motion processor 

GPU - PowerVR G6430 MP4 

Ram - 2GB

Storage - 32/64/128GB onboard storage 

Camera(s) - 8 MP , f2.4 aperture  \+1080p recording and slow motion recording upto 120 fps

1.2 MP front camera +720p recording 

Battery - 8600mAh non removable 

Other -  Available in Silver , Space Grey and Gold 

Price - $499 (16GB)  WIFI
            $599 (64GB)  WIFI
            $699 (128GB) WIFI 

4G LTE versions will cost $130 more on each storage option 

16GB - $629
64GB - $729
128GB - $829

Pre Orders - Oct 17  , Available from Oct 24 
Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source and press images - Apple/Pr

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