Apple‘s iPad Pro has been a huge success if we’re looking at sales figures, but it is also incredibly…well, huge. At 12.9 inches, it can be a little tricky to hold and use in one hand which may have turned some off it.
Still, that didn’t stop it from outselling Microsoft’s entire Surface lineup in Q4 of 2015. If the only thing stopping you from picking one up yourself is the size, we have good news for you because it looks like Apple has plans to launch a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
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The latest iPad Air 2 is not only super thin at 6.1mm but it also pack quite a powerhouse inside. While its vital processor and RAM specs are hardly revealed officially, the latest A8X chip is shown to be a triple core processor that’s clocked at 1.5GHz, and mated to 2GB of RAM. This discovery was made from a number of benchmarks including iPhonebenchmarks and GeekBench.
All the while, most of Apple’s recent flagship iPad and iPhones (including the iPhone 6) are running on 64-bit dual-core processors that are mated with 1GB of RAM. The latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is currently powered by Apple’s own A8 chip.
So with an extra core and double the RAM, the iPad Air 2 is definitely more powerful than its iPhone equivalent, up to 55% faster than the iPhone 6. During its official announcement, the iPad Air 2 processor is said to be 40% faster and delivers 2.5X better graphics performance than its previous iPad Air that uses the A7 chip. Even with a faster processor and a smaller form factor, it is still rated for 10 hours of battery life.
Apple has officially announced its latest iPad Air 2, and its return to the numbering system for the iPad models. When you think of tablets, the iPad is still top of mind thanks to its familiar form factor and most importantly its large collection of tablet optimised apps which now stands over 675,000.
Like most products that goes faster and thinner, the latest iPad Air 2 sets a new record being the thinnest tablet at only 6.1mm, beating the Xperia Z2 Tablet of 6.4mm. They have managed to make it lighter by about 32-34 grams less than the previous model. When compared, it is few grams heavier than the Xperia Z2 Tablet at 437g (Xperia Z2 Tablet WiFi: 426g) for the WiFi version and 444g (Xperia Z2 Tablet 4G: 439g) for the WiFi + Cellular model.