Apple iPad Air 2 release date, specification and price
The iPad Air is probably the best tablet in the world right now so we’re understandably excited at the prospect of the iPad Air 2. On the other hand Apple will have its work cut out in making any meaningful improvements to its already near-perfect slate.
Whether the Cupertino company will be up to the challenge remains to be seen, but read on to get some idea of what we might be in for, along with when it might be available and what it might cost.
For the most part Apple releases one full sized iPad each year and the iPad Air came out back in November, so it’s likely that the iPad Air 2 will come out this November. More specifically probably the beginning of November.
So far there haven’t been many leaks regarding the specs of the iPad Air 2, but by the sounds of things it won’t be dramatically different from the iPad Air.
Sources speaking to ETNews claimed that the slate will be in line for a new A8 processor, however while that’s likely to improve its power the A8 chip is rumoured to be more focussed on improving efficiency and battery life. That’s fine with us, the iPad Air is already plenty powerful and a longer battery life is always useful.
The same sources claimed that the iPad Air 2 will keep the same 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 display as its predecessors, but that its main camera will be boosted to 8 megapixels and its front facing camera will be increased to 1.5 megapixels.
A series of images purportedly showing the slate have also emerged on nowhereelse.fr. Going by them it looks like the iPad Air 2 will have a very similar design to the iPad Air, however the design of the buttons has changed slightly and it appears to have Touch ID baked into the home button.
There’s no word on what the iPad Air 2 will sell for yet but it’s likely to be at least as expensive as previous models in the line, so expect it to cost at least £400 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only model, with prices going up dramatically for more storage or for 3G and 4G support.
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