The Wi-Fi only model of the iPad Air 2 is now available in stores and iFixit was one of the first to get their hands on it. They, like usual, tore it down to see the new components, internal specs and give it a Repairability score.
The second-generation iPad Air is 6.1mm thin (thinner than the iPhone 6/6 Plus), comes with Touch ID and has a slightly different external design. Apple has removed the ring/mute switch, changed the location of the two microphones, layout of the speakers and updated it’s internal components.
The iFixit team discovered the new iPad Air has a battery capacity of 7340 mAh, which is less then the first iPad Air’s 8827 mAh battery. This would lead to a slightly less battery life, which has been reported in recent reviews of the tablet. Apple may have had to compromise a smaller battery capacity in order to achieve the incredible thinness of 6.1mm. They also found the A8X processor, two 1GB modules of RAM and an NFC module. It houses the same NFC component as the iPhones, but lacks the antenna so it won’t be able to be used for Apple Pay at retailers. Check out iFixit’s post to see more pictures and their detailed teardown.
At the end of their teardown, they gave the iPad Air 2 a Repairability score. On a range of one to ten, iFixit determines if the product is easy to fix (10) or nearly impossible (1). The tablet received a rating of 2 for the following reasons: battery not soldered to the logic board (that’s good), LCD and front panel are fused together (simplifies opening procedure, but makes it difficult to fix only the front panel and increases risk of damaging the LCD screen when opening), front panel glued to the rest of the device (makes it difficult to open since there are no screws) and lots of adhesive holds it all together (also makes it difficult).
The iPad Air 2 is now on sale at your nearest Apple Store with a starting price of $499.