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9.7-inch iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2: is it worth buying the new iPad?

Recently Apple introduced a new tablet called “iPad” and the price tag of 25 000 rubles. The device replaced the iPad Air 2. For this money, users get a decent machine with the design of its predecessor and more powerful stuffing. Let’s see, what improvements does the new.


During the announcement the manufacturer has not clarified whether the new device anti-glare coating on iPad Air 2. However, later the company confirmed that on the iPad this coating is missing, but the display became brighter.

The iPad Air 2 is the first device in the line, which received anti-glare coating. In the new machine the company took a step back, most likely to reduce the cost of the device.


But in terms of performance iPad bypasses its predecessor. Here as the hardware basis is the 2-core A9 processor with a clock frequency of 1.85 GHz and a microcontroller M9. The same chip used in the iPhone SE the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The iPad Air 2 is a 3-core A8X chipset with an operating frequency of 1.5 GHz with M8 coprocessor.

The RAM will probably remain the same and will amount to 2 GB.

Overall, the novelty should be more powerful than the iPad Air 2, which was released in 2014 and is now significantly behind in terms of processor technology.


Another difference was the capacity of the battery, while Apple promises up to 10 hours of battery life, as in the case with the old model. The new battery 32.4 W, while the iPad Air 2 is equipped with a battery by 27.62 watts.
However, the increase in capacity is unlikely to be noticed by the user due to the use of more vivid screen and powerful processor. Most likely, the battery was increased to offset the increase in consumed energy.


Perhaps the biggest disappointment in the new iPad is due to design. The tablet was thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2.

If the predecessor is enclosed in a housing with a thickness of 6.1 mm and weighs 437 grams, the iPad is characterized by a thickness of 7.5 mm and a weight of 467 grams. Case thickness increased by approximately 20%, which means that the accessories made for iPad Air 2, not suitable for the new tablet.

Thus preserved the old design of the antenna inserts on the version with support LTE. It is sad to see that Apple is moving in the opposite direction from the point of view of design. But, apparently, it was a necessary compromise in order to put increased inside the battery and reduce the price.


The main advantage of the model is the affordable price tag. If the iPad Air 2 in retail sale for 29 990 rubles, the price of the iPad starts at 24 990 for the version with Wi-Fi and 32 GB of internal memory. Option with the similar amount of memory and support for cellular networks can be purchased for 31 990 rubles. By reducing the prices Apple is hoping to attract more customers, beat the competition and increase their market share.


The new iPad is not a radical upgrade in the company’s portfolio, however, allows owners of older models to upgrade the gadget at an affordable price. The device does have limitations, including lack of anti-reflective coating and thick body, but they kompensiruet affordable price tag.

According to rumors, Apple is also working on the 10.5-inch model, and other innovations that will be presented in 2018.

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