You can’t have it all, so while Apple doubles down on RAM at long last for the “lighter than air” new iPad, battery capacity wanes and repairability remains a great hassle.
Curious to see exactly what lies beneath the slim, stylish hood of the just-released iPad Air 2? Don’t even think about prying it open yourselves. Unless you have a weird fetish for pointlessly destroying gear worth several hundreds of dollars.
As always, it’s best to leave it to the professionals to tear down the latest entry in the iPad franchise, with huge quantities of glue holding everything together. Since the Air 2 is not that different from its predecessor, we’re not surprised in the least to see it graded a 2 out of 10 for ease of repair.
Translation: put the screwdriver down and back away slowly. No funny games. In fact, it’d be quite a shame to take this lovely piece of equipment apart even if there were a chance for all the components to blend back together. Some things are just meant to stay intact and be admired.
And if for a second there it maybe seemed the iPad Air 2 was a slightly underwhelming upgrade, it’s time to reconsider. Corroborating the data exposed by a recently performed benchmark, iFixit has found 2 GB RAM inside the spanking new 9.7 incher, twice as much as before.
It’s also entirely possible the 64-bit A8X CPU is indeed a triple-core unit clocked at 1.5 GHz. On the not so bright side, the battery, which by the by isn’t soldered to the logic board, so technically replaceable with great effort, packs 27.62 Wh capacity.
The previous Air carried a heftier 32.9 Wh cell, so odds are the 10-hour rating touted by Apple for the iPad Air 2 was a wee bit too optimistic. Unless somehow, the 2,048 x 1,536 pix res panel is more frugal this time around.
Or maybe it’s the triple-core A8X SoC that’s more power-efficient. iOS 8.1? Nah, we doubt that. Either way, you have to understand sacrifices were needed to achieve the record-setting 6.1 mm wasp waist. Besides, 8 or 9 hours of continuous running time is still perfectly acceptable.