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iPad Air 2 teardown shows smaller battery and 2GB of RAM

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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.

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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.

The battery is glued to the back panel.

The battery is glued to the back panel.

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.

Apple announces two new iPads: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

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On Thursday, Apple held their final special media event of the year to announce the rest of their 2014 product lineup. At the event, they showed off the rumored iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.  The Air comes with a bunch of new features, like burst mode, more storage capabilities and a slimmer design.  The mini has the same design and features, but it now has Touch ID, works with Apple Pay and comes in a gold color.

iPad Air 2

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  • Display: Retina, antireflective coating, 9.7 inch diagonally, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 240mm long by 169.5mm wide and 6.1mm thin (note: this is thinner then the iPhone 6/6 Plus), weight of 437 grams for Wi-Fi only and 444 grams for Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • Chip: A8X processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • Camera: 8MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording, up to 120 fps Slo-Mo (rear camera) and 1.2MP, 720p HD video recording (front camera)
  • Payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay for online shopping only
  • Battery: same as iPad Air, up to 10 hours of surfing the web, playing music, watching video over Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Storage and Prices: $499 for 16GB, $599B for 64GB, $699 for 128GB (Wi-Fi); $629 for 16GB, $729 for 64GB, $829 for 128GB (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • Overall Changes (from previous model): the display now has an antireflective coating and is laminated, the tablet is 1.4mm thinner, 32-34 grams lighter, processor has changed from A7 with M7 co-processor to the A8X and M8, Touch ID, barometer, burst mode for camera, Slo-Mo video recording, faster Wi-Fi and Cellular and 32GB is not available as a storage option

 

iPad mini 3

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  • Display: Retina, 7.9 inch diagonally, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 200mm long by 134.7mm wide and 7.5mm thin, weight of 331 grams for Wi-Fi only and 341 grams for Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • Chip: A7 processor with 64-bit architecture, M7 co-processor
  • Camera: 5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording (rear camera) and 1.2MP, 720 HD video recording (front camera)
  • Payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay for online shopping only
  • Battery: same as iPad Air 2, up to 10 hours of surfing the web, playing music, watching video over Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Storage and Prices: $399 for 16GB, $499B for 64GB, $599 for 128GB (Wi-Fi); $529 for 16GB, $629 for 64GB, $729 for 128GB (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • Overall Changes (from previous model): Touch ID, gold color option and 32GB is not available as a storage option
The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available for preorder starting October 17th.

The previous generations of iPad mini and iPad Air are available for sale

Apple’s 2014 iPad lineup consists of the iPad mini, Retina iPad mini 2, Retina iPad mini 3, iPad Air and iPad Air 2. All previous generations of iPad have received a price drop so this allowed Apple to discontinue the iPad 4. Preorders for the new tablets started on Friday, October 17th and shipping is currently at 2-4 business days.

Leaked parts for iPad Air 2 reveal Touch ID and new A8X processor

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Like we saw with the iPhone 6 in the days/weeks before the announcement, pictures of leaked parts for the upcoming mobile devices have been posted online by Apple.club.tw (translated version).  In the pictures below, we see the logic board, Touch ID flex cable, front panel and volume controls flex cable for the iPad Air 2.

The logic board for the iPad Air 2 shows the new A8X processor.

The logic board for the iPad Air 2 shows the new A8X processor.

The logic board for the iPad Air 2 matches the logic board for the previous generation iPad Air.  The only change that we can tell is the new A8X processor (right above the “R” in republished).  This processor is a better version of the A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  We also see a SIM card slot and a few other chips on the board.

The Home button flex cable has a space for the Touch ID sensor.

The Home button flex cable has a space for the Touch ID sensor.

The Home button flex cable has a ring for the Touch ID sensor at the end of it.  It has been unclear if the iPad mini will also be getting the sensor, but this part confirms the iPad Air 2 will be getting it.

The rear of the front panel doesn't give us too much information about the device's design.

The rear of the front panel doesn’t give us too much information about the device’s design.

The front panel doesn’t give too many details about the iPad Air 2.  It is rumored that the tablet will be slightly thinner due to Apple bonding the above front panel to the display. By putting the two together, Apple would be able to get rid of unneeded empty space and it would allow for less reflections and deeper colors.  All iPhones since the iPhone 4 have used this method for their front panels.

The volume control flex cable.

The volume control flex cable.

The volume flex cable shows what it looks like to be two volume controls (like we see on previous generations of the iPad) and a microphone.  The microphones on other generations were placed at the top center and rear center of the tablet, but rumors suggest it is being moved to the side and next to the camera.  Apple is also apparently dropping the ring/silent switch in order to allow for a very thin device.

The iPad Air 2 and third-generation iPad mini are expected to be announced at Apple’s special media event on Thursday. Like their previous event in September, they will be live streaming it on their website and Apple TV.  Although this one won’t be as popular as that event, we should see the tablets, a release date for OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay, and new versions of the iMac and Mac mini.

Rumor Roundup: iPhone 6 Leaked, iPad Air 2, Split-Screen Multitasking

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Here are the latest rumors from this past week:

Fully Assembled iPhone 6 Leaked

On Wednesday, two new sets of images were leaked for the iPhone 6.  The first set of pictures were leaked by DreamerJimmy on Weibo.  The pictures show a fully assembled iPhone 6 compared next to the rear of the iPhone 5 and front of the iPhone 5s.  The rear of the phone shows the three-piece design we have seen on every other mockup, a circular flash and slightly protruding camera.  The front shows Touch ID, a smaller bezel and a larger FaceTime front camera.  The larger spot for the camera may mean that Apple will be upgrading it.

4.7" iPhone 6

4.7″ iPhone 6, credit: Weibo

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