Ipad 2017 vs ipad air 2


iPad 2017 vs iPad Air 2

iPad 2017 vs iPad Air 2: Is it finally time to upgrade?

Near the end of March 2017, and with no fanfare at all, Apple announced the launch of its newest iPad. Replacing the iPad Air 2, this latest tablet is simply called iPad, although for the sake of clarity we will refer to it as the iPad 2017 throughout this article.

The big questions are these: what are the differences between the iPad Air 2 and the iPad 2017, and is it worth making the upgrade? In this article we compare Apple's 2014 and 2017 iPads, and help you decide whether the spec bumps, design changes and new features are enough to justify the price. Read next: iPad buying guide 2017

Design & build quality

The iPad 2017 has the same chassis design we've grown accustomed to from Apple's tablets over the past four years. It has the same elegantly chamfered edges and gentle curves as the iPad Air 2 (and even the Air 1 before it).

The iPad 2017 has two speakers, like the Air 2 (not the four you get on the iPad Pro 9.7in), and its bottom speaker grills are the same as on the Air 2 as well. It even comes in the same colours as the Air 2 (gold but not pink - see below). It doesn't get the True Tone display, Smart Connector and camera flash introduced with the iPad Pro 9.7in.

Looks-wise there's barely a thing to choose between the iPad 2017 and the Air 2.

iPad 2017...

...and the iPad Air 2

Except for a couple of rather surprising things. The iPad 2017 is actually thicker and heavier than its three-year-old predecessor. You have to go back to 2013's iPad Air 1, in fact, to find a model with the same dimensions.

  • iPad 2017: 240mm x 169.5mm x 7.5mm; 469g/478g (Wi-Fi/cellular)
  • iPad Air 2: 240mm x 169.5mm x 6.1mm; 437g/444g (Wi-Fi/cellular)

The other main difference between the iPad 2017 and the Air 2 concerns the screen.

Screen

In a bit of a backwards step, the new iPad comes with the unlaminated, 'air-gapped' screen last seen on the iPad Air 1. Here's what we said about that feature in our review several years ago:

"When you tap or press the [iPad Air 1's] screen, it definitely seems to 'flex' more than the screens on the iPad 3 and iPad 4. The result is that the screen feels light and plasticky, rather than the solid glass feeling on the older devices... We were keen, when the Air 2 came out, to see if this issue had been tackled. And sure enough, the more compressed design of the Air 2 - in which the elements of the display have been by necessity squeezed closer together, and air pockets removed - results in a screen that is firmer to the touch."

Well, that step forward made by the Air 2 in 2014, we are sorry to report, has now been reversed. The iPad 2017, for reasons known only to Apple, has an unlaminated screen with an air gap under the display. You'll find that it yields the tiniest fraction when you press down: not much by any means, but enough to notice.

It's still a decent screen - bright, sharp and colourful - but we wish it was laminated.

Colour options

Like the iPad Air 2, the iPad 2017 comes in three colours: silver, gold and Space Grey. Neither device has been offered in Rose Gold. Read next: iPad 2017 vs iPad mini 4

New features

Features-wise, the iPad 2017 is barely any different from the Air 2, gaining none of the upgrades brought in with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It has Touch ID and Apple Pay, and 4G internet connectivity; the usual stuff.

The new iPad 2017 is not compatible with either the Apple Pencil or the Smart Keyboard that iPad Pro users get to use - in fact it hasn't got a Smart Connector. It also doesn't get the Retina Flash and True Tone camera features of the iPad Pro, something which will turn up again in the specs section.

Specs

Let's look under the hoods and compare the two device's tech specs.

Processor

  • iPad 2017: A9 chip with 64-bit architecture; Embedded M9 coprocessor
  • iPad Air 2: A8X chip with 64?bit architecture; M8 motion coprocessor

The iPad 2017 comes with an A9 chip. On paper this ought to be only slightly slower than the A9X in the high-end Pro models and significantly faster than the A8X in the Air 2. Let's look at some benchmark scores.

RAM

  • iPad 2017: 2GB RAM
  • iPad Air 2: 2GB RAM

Storage options

The iPad 2017 is available with 32GB or 128GB of storage.

iPad Air 2: 32GB or 128GB

Screen

iPad 2017
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048x1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
iPad Air 2
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048x1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Front-facing camera

iPad 2017
  • 1.2-megapixel photos
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • 720p HD video recording
iPad Air 2
  • 1.2MP photos
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • 720p HD video recording

Rear-facing camera

iPad 2017
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Autofocus
  • Panorama (up to 43 megapixels)
  • HDR for photos
  • Exposure control
  • Burst mode
  • Tap to focus
  • Timer mode
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
iPad Air 2
  • 8MP iSight camera
  • Autofocus
  • Panorama (up to 43MP)
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Exposure control
  • Burst mode
  • Tap to focus
  • Timer mode
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture

Battery

Apple claims the iPad 2017 has a 10-hour battery life when using Wi-Fi and 9 hours when browsing over a cellular connection.

These are standard figures that the company gives for all of its current tablets, but we were hopeful that it might prove a conservative estimate; after all, the device's battery has an impressive (for Apple) capacity of 8,827 mAh. That compares to 7,340 mAh on the Air 2, and may explain the device being (comparatively!) thick and heavy.

Here's how things turned out in practice - or in the GeekBench 3 battery test, at any rate.

Dimensions

  • iPad 2017: 240 mm x 169.5 mm x 7.5 mm. 478g (cellular) or 469g (Wi-Fi)
  • iPad Air 2: 240 mm x 169.5 mm x 6.1 mm. 444g (cellular) or 437g (Wi-Fi)

UK price

Here is how much each model of the iPad 2017 costs in the UK:

  • iPad 2017 (32GB, Wi-Fi only): £339
  • iPad 2017 (128GB, Wi-Fi only): £429
  • iPad 2017 (32GB, Wi-Fi + cellular): £469
  • iPad 2017 (128GB, Wi-Fi + cellular): £559

It's £40 cheaper than the iPad Air 2, which started at £379 for 32GB and Wi-Fi.

You can buy the iPad 2017 here; the iPad Air 2 is still available second-hand, or through education resellers.

OUR VERDICT

The iPad 2017 is an unexpectedly cheap offering, but one that is also generally low-specced and has a design that's mostly lifted from a product that's two and a half years old, and in some cases from one that's three and a half years old. It's all rather odd.

While much of its technology feels out of date, however, one key spec, the processor, does not, and the A9 chip helped the iPad 2017 to produce consistently decent results in our benchmarking tests - not Pro-fast, but considerably faster than the Air 2. And that 8,827 mAh unit gave it impressive scores in our battery tests.

That lovely big battery, of course, is the most likely reason for the iPad's weight gain. And we're less bothered by that than by the unlaminated screen. An iPad lives and dies by its screen, which should look and feel great. This one looks great but feels a bit cheap.

Then again, by iPad standards the new model really is cheap - £339 feels like a bit of a bargain. If you've got an Air 2 and have been putting off an upgrade, this might be the model to convince you: you'll get a better battery and processor, and longer-term iOS updates to look forward to. Just make sure you try out the screen before laying down any cash, because we're not keen on the way it feels, and it's without doubt a step back from the one you'll be used to.

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Comparison: How the new $329 iPad stacks up against the iPad Air 2

Yesterday morning, Apple unveiled a new $329 iPad called simply “iPad,” as a replacement for the iPad Air 2. Apple announced the device in a press release, alongside the (RED) iPhone 7, new Apple Watch bands, and new iPhone cases.

Yesterday, we briefly highlighted some of the differences between the new iPad and the iPad Air 2 it replaces, but read on for a full breakdown of all of the differences…

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Display

There are a couple of things worth noting in terms of the display discrepancies between the new iPad and the previous iPad Air 2. One thing that Apple left unclear was if the new iPad features the same anti-reflective display coating that the iPad Air 2 featured.

The company confirmed to The Verge, however, that the 2017 iPad does indeed lack that display coating and is not laminated to the cover glass. What this means is that there will be a visible air gap between the display and the glass, while the display will also be more reflective than the iPad Air 2 was.

Apple does say, however, that the new iPad features a brighter display than its predecessor, but specific information here is unclear. Nevertheless, it sounds somewhat akin to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and its display.

The Air 2 was the first iPad to feature anti-reflective coating on the display and lamination directly to the cover glass, so this is very much a step back on Apple’s part, but likely a way to keep the price of the new model as low as possible.

Specs

In terms of the power you’ll find inside the new iPad, it’s a notable step up from the iPad Air 2 originally introduced in 2014. The new iPad is powered by Apple’s A9 processor clocked at 1.85GHz. That’s the same processor that’s found in the iPhone SE, though it’s closed at 1.8GHz there.

The iPad Air 2, on other hand, is powered by a 1.5GHz Apple A8X processor. Additionally, iPad Air 2 processor is a triple-core chip with Apple’s M8 coprocessor, while the new iPad is a dual-core processor with Apple’s M9 processor.

In terms of RAM, the iPad Air 2 features 2GB and it’s expected that the 2017 iPad features the same.

All in all, the new $329 iPad should be notably more powerful than the iPad Air 2. It makes sense, too, considering the iPad Air 2 was originally announced back in 2014, so it was lagging behind in terms of processor technology. Either way, you can’t really beat having the A9 and M9 coprocessor in a sub-$400 iPad.

Battery

Another difference between the iPad Air 2 and the 2017 iPad comes with the battery size, though Apple doesn’t expect the end user to notice any battery life improvements. Like it did with the iPad Air 2, Apple quotes 10 hours of battery life despite the bigger battery.

The 2017 iPad features a 32.4Wh battery, while the iPad Air 2 featured a 27.62Wh battery. As Apple says, however, noticing any improvements in battery is unlikely here. Because of the brighter display and more powerful processor, the increase in battery size was likely necessary to offset the increased power draw. Although, the drop from three cores to two cores might somewhat help in the battery life department.

Design

One disappointing change with the 2017 iPad comes in terms of design. As our own Benjamin Mayo pointed out yesterday, the new iPad is thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2.

The iPad Air 2 featured a slim 6.1mm and .96 pounds design, while the new iPad comes in at 7.5mm and 1.03 pounds. This means the new iPad is more than 20 percent thicker than the iPad Air 2, but in the grand scheme of things it’s not a huge deal. It does mean that any cases and accessories made for the iPad Air 2 won’t work, but it’s rare that accessories do work across multiple product iterations.

The new iPad also features the old antenna design on LTE models:

It’s disappointing to see Apple move in the opposite direction in terms of product design, but it was likely a necessary compromise to squeeze in a larger battery and lower the price…

Price

Headlining the changes between this year’s iPad and the iPad Air 2 is a price drop. The 2017 iPad comes in at $329, whereas the iPad Air 2 carried a $399 retail price. The base model of the new iPad will offer 32GB. The cellular model will start at $459.

The price drop means that Apple will hopefully be able to reach a larger segment of the market. The drop comes as Apple faces increased competition from affordable devices such as Chromebooks in education. Apple is also working with IBM to increase the iPad’s enterprise usage, and a price drop will likely help in that area as well.

As Ben Lovejoy noted this morning, the more affordable iPad comes as Apple is seemingly switching its pricing strategy to get its products to the most customers possible.

Wrap up

The new iPad isn’t necessarily the dramatic update to the device that many have called on Apple to make, but it isn’t meant to be that device either. It represents an iterative update from the iPad Air 2 that comes with a notable price drop. While there are some setbacks, ideally the $329 price tag will offset those for most customers.

As for the iPad lineup heading forward, it’s still believed that Apple has a 10.5-inch model in the works, as well as additional changes for 2018. Read our full roundup of what to expect for the iPad lineup here.

What do you think of Apple’s new iPad? Let us know down in the comments.

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What's new and different in Apple's latest tablet?

With the last update to the iPad Air line over two years ago, how does Apple's new 2017 iPad compare to its predecessors? AppleInsider takes a look at the three statistically, to see how they stack up.

As we discussed yesterday, the new iPad is a compelling, inexpensive upgrade for users of the iPad 4 and earlier which comprises 30 percent of the existing user base. However, the iPad Air and Air 2 owners hold a commanding 35 percent of iPad users who may be looking at the new iPad as well.

How do those models stack up with the new 2017 iPad?

Big general gap between the iPad Air, less so for the iPad Air 2

It's been a while since the last iPad releases in the Air family.

Since the iPad Air, 802.11ac wireless is more prevalent with enthusiasts, if not for all "regular" home users. For Air users, that's a big plus but less so if your network infrastructure doesn't support it yet.

Not in our chart is an improvement in the camera from the Air to the 2017 iPad. The iPad Air has a 5MP rear-shooter, improved to an 8MP camera in the Air 2 and new iPad —but please don't be that person who holds up your iPad at a concert or other venue to capture it on video.

We've already touched upon the return to the iPad Air's size and weight —the Air 2 is thinner than the 2017 iPad, but has a smaller battery. How much of a difference the difference in battery and a shift from three cores to two in the new iPad will have on use time remains to be seen. AppleInsider will evaluate the difference when we can get our hands on one.

Real-world performance

The improved specs lead up to better performance —with notable improvements from the iPad Air, and even some from the iPad Air 2.

It's never been quite clear how much of the iPad's day-to-day use implements symmetrical multiprocessing —this probably depends greatly on the app in question. The new iPad has the best single-core performance out of the iPads we're comparing today, with a comparable multi-core performance to the three-core iPad Air 2.

There is a notable caveat —the benchmarks we've listed in the chart are pulled from the iPhone SE which has an A9 processor running at 1.8 GHz. The 2017 iPad is said to run at 1.85 Ghz, so we're not expecting a major difference from that, but there may be other factors involved. We'll update the chart accordingly when we can get a reliable benchmark running on the hardware itself.

Repairability seems better on the 2017 iPad than on the iPad Air 2

The iPad Air has in essence the same display as the iPad 3 and 4 —a multitouch display with LED backlighting, and a scratch-resistant coating with a glass cover. The iPad Air 2 moved to a fully laminated display with an additional anti-reflective coating.

The 2017 iPad as gone back to the older display construction, with a discrete glass panel, and LED display. In theory, this should allow for easier repairability of the newer iPad, as the entire display assembly doesn't have to get removed to fix a crack in the glass.

As the display isn't completely laminated, the Touch ID sensor should be discrete as well —but confirmation of this will require a teardown.

The new iPad is a less obvious choice for any iPad Air user than for those with older iPads

Unless Tim Cook or somebody else at Apple uncharacteristically spills the beans on the thought process behind the new iPad, the rest of us can only guess about intent. At first glance for the consumer, it appears to be a way for Apple to differentiate between the non-Pro and pro lines, and give a compelling upgrade option to the about 1/3 of the user base on non-Air iPads.

As an education model, the lower price will allow for lower pricing for schools of all stripes. The non-laminated screen makes repairs a bit less arduous, and may allow for discrete Touch ID module replacement —but on this, we'll see with time.

The price is hard to argue with. For $329 on March 24 buyers can get the new iPad, with all it entails. Prior to its unveiling, the very similar iPad Air 2 cost $399.

The 2017 iPad revision excels in some aspects, and is a bit behind in others compared to the iPad Air 2 —but the choice to buy or not isn't so cut-and-dried for iPad Air owners. At this point, iPad Air users have seen a pretty decent return on investment —but the replacement cycle for iPads is more like for computers, so it may not feel like time to upgrade just yet.

How well the new iPad will sell to the iPad Air crowd and the education market remains to be seen. There wasn't a large jump of users from the "flagship" iPhone line to the similarly positioned iPhone SE. However, since there's not a dramatic difference in any regard between the iPad Air 2 and the new iPad, there's no real reason for iPad Air 2 owners to jump to the new model.

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iPad (2017) vs. iPad Air 2

Apple has axed the aging iPad Air 2 and replaced it with a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad (just iPad, no suffixes) that's slightly more affordable. The two are nearly indistinguishable from the outside, but their internals vary. Here's how their specs and features stack up.

Size

When most mobile electronics are rushing to be thinner and lighter, the newer iPad actually adds a bit of thickness (though it's only 1.4 millimeters' worth, or about 0.06 of an inch), perhaps to accommodate its bigger battery. Other dimensions remain the same.

The newer tablet is heavier, too. The lightest iPad is nearly 7-percent heavier than the lightest iPad Air 2.

Build

Nothing to compare here – these tablets have nearly identical aluminum unibodies.

Colors

They're also available in the same three neutral metallic color variants.

Display size

The display stands pat – both iPads have the same 9.7-inch diagonal dimension and 4:3 aspect ratio.

Display resolution

There have not been any significant improvements in display resolution or quality. Supposedly, though, the new model does have a brighter display.

Fingerprint sensor

Nor are there any new fingerprint sensor tricks – the Touch ID sensor is integrated into the home button on both devices.

Cellular connectivity

The newer iPad retains the Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + LTE options, so you can still use your cellular data plan to surf the web.

Keyboard support

The new iPad can connect to Bluetooth keyboard accessories (and should be compatible with most iPad Air 2 keyboards) but it doesn't add any support for OEM snap-in keyboards like with the iPad Pro. (There's no smart connector on either of these.)

Stylus

Nor does the new entry-level iPad offer Apple Pencil support.

Chip

In one of the biggest improvements over the Air 2, the 2017 iPad upgrades the older Apple-made A8X chip to a faster A9 processor. The A9 isn't the latest or greatest of Apple's mobile chipsets, but it is still amply capable for most apps and web surfing.

Note that the 1.85 GHz listed for the new iPad is a guess, based on the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s series. If it ends up being different after we run benchmarks, we'll update.

RAM

Apple hasn't confirmed the amount of memory in the new iPad (the company does not usually post RAM specs for its tablets or smartphones) but it very likely has the same 2 GB of RAM as the Air 2 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Storage

Apple is finally doing away with all of its paltry 16 GB mobile devices. The newest iPad doubles the storage capacities of the Air 2.

MicroSD

Don't expect expandable storage options, however. Apple does not include microSD slots in these or any of its smartphones and tablets.

Camera megapixels

The camera resolution remains the same as well. It's rare to rely on a tablet for rear-facing photography, but we do wish the 1.2 MP selfie cam was made a little sharper. (iPads are handy for FaceTime or Skype video chat.)

Battery

The battery in the newer iPad is larger, but it retains the same battery life estimate of "up to 10 hours of web surfing." Of course, overall battery life can vary dramatically according to use.

Speakers

There are no changes in speaker configuration – there are still two speakers placed below the home button.

Software

Since this is Apple we're talking about, the iPad runs iOS 10.

Multitasking

And yes, iOS 10 allows for some iPad multitasking with split-screen, picture-in-picture and slide over window options.

Release

The latest iPad goes up for pre-sale on March 24, shipping and hitting stores the following week. The device it replaces was introduced in October 2014.

Starting price

Despite its incremental improvements, the refreshed iPad has a slightly lower price than its predecessor. Starting at US$329, it's clear that Apple is positioning this iPad to be its entry-level tablet. We've long thought there should be a more affordable, all-purpose iPad option, so it will be interesting to see whether or not this price drop drives sales.

We'll post a full-length review on the refreshed iPad in the near future. In the meantime, you can always revisit our assessment of the iPad Air 2. Or, for a look at a higher-end tablet that's still available, read about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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Новый iPad 9.7 против iPad Pro 9.7: Сравнение планшетов Apple

Новый iPad является наиболее доступным планшетом Apple, который вы можете купить сегодня. Давайте посмотрим, как он выстоит в сравнении с iPad Pro 9.7, который имеет несколько преимуществ в сравнении с его более бюджетным аналогом.

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Последний iPad от Apple вышел без лишнего шума, который обычно сопровождает обновления модельного ряда компании, но это не значит, что он стал совершенно неожиданным планшетом. В то время как продажи iPad упали в последнее время, новый планшет от Apple, который пришел с простым названием iPad, вытесняет 9,7-дюймовый iPad Air 2 и позиционирует себя в качестве доступной альтернативы iPad Pro 9.7.

Стоимостью от 25000 рублей за модель на 32 Гб, новый iPad является самым дешевым планшетом Apple. Его цена ниже 7,9-дюймового iPad Mini 4, который ранее считался наиболее бюджетным предложением в линейке планшетов Apple. Он также экономит вам около 20000 рублей в сравнении с начальной конфигурацией iPad Pro, что делает его лучшим выбором, если вы ограничены в средствах. Но прежде чем вы броситесь в магазин, есть некоторые компромиссы, которые позволили Apple скостить цену новому планшету. Читайте дальше, чтобы увидеть, как планшеты выглядят в сравнении.

Новый iPad против iPad Pro 9.7: Дизайн и дисплей

С точки зрения дизайна, вы смотрите на два схожих и весьма привлекательных планшета. Оба выполнены из высококачественного алюминия в цельной сборке от Apple, сканер отпечатков пальцев Touch ID на передней панели, а также традиционный набор кнопок и портов по бокам. Тем не менее, имеет место быть разница в размерах. Измеряемый 240 х 169,5 х 7,5 мм (В х Ш х Г) при весе в 469 грамм, новый iPad немного толще и тяжелее своего Pro-коллеги (240 х 168 х 6,1мм, 437 грамм), но большинство людей, вероятно, не заметит разницы.

—Главным компромиссом становится дисплей. И хотя оба планшета имеют 9,7-дюймовый Retina дисплей с разрешением 2048 х 1536 пикселей с плотностью 264 пикселя на дюйм, вы заметите, что дисплей iPad выглядит иначе. Это потому, что он не ламинирован, не имеет антибликового покрытия, а также не поддерживает расширенную цветовую гамму. Нет и технологии True Tone, то есть экран не будет использовать световой сенсор для динамической регулировки баланса белого, чтобы сделать текст более читаемым.

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Что это значит на практике? В сравнении с экраном iPad Pro, дисплей нового iPad будет хуже показывать на улице, скорее всего, размывая картинку под прямыми солнечными лучами и, как правило, продемонстрирует менее яркие цвета. Если работа на улице важный фактор для вас, стоит выбрать Pro.

Новый iPad против iPad Pro 9.7: Процессор, батарея и камера

Под капотом iPad скрывается 64-битный процессор А9 и встроенный сопроцессор М9, что делает его быстрее А8 на iPad Mini 4, но не столь мощным, как чипсет А9Х на Pro. С практической точки зрения, разница в производительности не должна быть слишком большой. А9 предлагает вполне сносную производительность, этот чипсет управляет смартфонами iPhone 6S. По нашему опыту, он по-прежнему отлично работает с iOS 10, без каких-либо проблем, заиканий, провисаний и провалов производительности. Тем не менее, если вы покупаете планшет с прицелом на будущее, выбор снова стоит делать в пользу А9Х iPad Pro 9.7.

Новый iPad, как ожидается, может предложить 10 часов автономной работы за просмотром видео через Wi-Fi, но мы не готовы делать выводы, пока планшет не пройдет полного обзора с тестами. Для справки, iPad Pro работает 5 часов и 38 минут, за потоковым видео по Wi-Fi с максимальной яркостью. Старший iPad Air 2 мог предложить только 5 часов и 15 минут. Мы ожидаем, что новый iPad предложит время в этом диапазоне.

iPad оборудован основной камерой с 8-мегапиксельным датчиком, который может записывать видео в разрешении 1080р. Изображение, которое он снимает, вероятно, не будет столь же резким или красочным, как на 12-мегапиксельной камере Pro, которая также поддерживает Live Photos, добавьте вспышку True Tone и запись видео в 4К. Фронтальный датчик Pro тоже лучше. Планшет может похвастаться 5-мегапиксельной фронтальной камерой в сравнении с 1,2-мегапиксельным датчиком нового iPad, следовательно, на Pro лучше селфи и видео-чат.

Новый iPad против iPad Pro 9.7: Программное обеспечение

Оба планшета работают с iOS 10, так что вы не заметите существенной разницы. Разница приходит с дополнительными аксессуарами, которые вы можете установить на iPad Pro, включая Apple Pencil и Smart Keyboard. Новый iPad не совместим с ними, так что если производительность ваше требование, следует выбирать iPad Pro. Он имеет лучшие характеристики среди доступных, которые, однако, обойдутся вам дороже. Конечно, iPad будет работать с любой стандартной Bluetooth-клавиатурой для планшета, а за 25000 рублей, это значительно более доступный вариант, что делает его отличным выбором для пользователя с ограниченным бюджетом.

Ситуация может измениться с выходом iPad Pro 2.

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iPad 2017 vs iPad Air 2: Is it finally time to upgrade?

Near the end of March 2017, and with no fanfare at all, Apple announced the launch of its newest iPad. Replacing the iPad Air 2, this latest tablet is simply called iPad, although for the sake of clarity we will refer to it as the iPad 2017 throughout this article.

The big questions are these: what are the differences between the iPad Air 2 and the iPad 2017, and is it worth making the upgrade? In this article we compare Apple’s 2014 and 2017 iPads, and help you decide whether the spec bumps, design changes and new features are enough to justify the price. Read next: iPad buying guide 2017

Design & build quality

The iPad 2017 has the same chassis design we’ve grown accustomed to from Apple’s tablets over the past four years. It has the same elegantly chamfered edges and gentle curves as the iPad Air 2 (and even the Air 1 before it).

The iPad 2017 has two speakers, like the Air 2 (not the four you get on the iPad Pro 9.7in), and its bottom speaker grills are the same as on the Air 2 as well. It even comes in the same colours as the Air 2 (gold but not pink – see below). It doesn’t get the True Tone display, Smart Connector and camera flash introduced with the iPad Pro 9.7in.

Looks-wise there’s barely a thing to choose between the iPad 2017 and the Air 2.

iPad 2017…

…and the iPad Air 2

Except for a couple of rather surprising things. The iPad 2017 is actually thicker and heavier than its three-year-old predecessor. You have to go back to 2013’s iPad Air 1, in fact, to find a model with the same dimensions.

  • iPad 2017: 240mm x 169.5mm x 7.5mm; 469g/478g (Wi-Fi/cellular)
  • iPad Air 2: 240mm x 169.5mm x 6.1mm; 437g/444g (Wi-Fi/cellular)

The other main difference between the iPad 2017 and the Air 2 concerns the screen.

Screen

In a bit of a backwards step, the new iPad comes with the unlaminated, ‘air-gapped’ screen last seen on the iPad Air 1. Here’s what we said about that feature in our review several years ago:

“When you tap or press the [iPad Air 1’s] screen, it definitely seems to ‘flex’ more than the screens on the iPad 3 and iPad 4. The result is that the screen feels light and plasticky, rather than the solid glass feeling on the older devices… We were keen, when the Air 2 came out, to see if this issue had been tackled. And sure enough, the more compressed design of the Air 2 – in which the elements of the display have been by necessity squeezed closer together, and air pockets removed – results in a screen that is firmer to the touch.”

Well, that step forward made by the Air 2 in 2014, we are sorry to report, has now been reversed. The iPad 2017, for reasons known only to Apple, has an unlaminated screen with an air gap under the display. You’ll find that it yields the tiniest fraction when you press down: not much by any means, but enough to notice.

It’s still a decent screen – bright, sharp and colourful – but we wish it was laminated.

Colour options

Like the iPad Air 2, the iPad 2017 comes in three colours: silver, gold and Space Grey. Neither device has been offered in Rose Gold.

New features

Features-wise, the iPad 2017 is barely any different from the Air 2, gaining none of the upgrades brought in with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It has Touch ID and Apple Pay, and 4G internet connectivity; the usual stuff.

The new iPad 2017 is not compatible with either the Apple Pencil or the Smart Keyboard that iPad Pro users get to use – in fact it hasn’t got a Smart Connector. It also doesn’t get the Retina Flash and True Tone camera features of the iPad Pro, something which will turn up again in the specs section.

Specs

Let’s look under the hoods and compare the two device’s tech specs.

Processor

  • iPad 2017: A9 chip with 64-bit architecture; Embedded M9 coprocessor
  • iPad Air 2: A8X chip with 64?bit architecture; M8 motion coprocessor

The iPad 2017 comes with an A9 chip. On paper this ought to be only slightly slower than the A9X in the high-end Pro models and significantly faster than the A8X in the Air 2. Let’s look at some benchmark scores.

Geekbench 4 CPU test: iPad 2017 vs iPad Air 2Create bar charts

GFXBench Metal test: iPad 2017 vs iPad Air 2Create bar charts

JetStream 1.1: iPad 2017 vs iPad Air 2Create bar charts

RAM

  • iPad 2017: 2GB RAM
  • iPad Air 2: 2GB RAM

Storage options

The iPad 2017 is available with 32GB or 128GB of storage.

iPad Air 2: 32GB or 128GB

Screen

iPad 2017
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048×1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
iPad Air 2
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048×1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Front-facing camera

iPad 2017
  • 1.2-megapixel photos
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • 720p HD video recording
iPad Air 2
  • 1.2MP photos
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • 720p HD video recording

Rear-facing camera

iPad 2017
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • Autofocus
  • Panorama (up to 43 megapixels)
  • HDR for photos
  • Exposure control
  • Burst mode
  • Tap to focus
  • Timer mode
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
iPad Air 2
  • 8MP iSight camera
  • Autofocus
  • Panorama (up to 43MP)
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Exposure control
  • Burst mode
  • Tap to focus
  • Timer mode
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture

Battery

Apple claims the iPad 2017 has a 10-hour battery life when using Wi-Fi and 9 hours when browsing over a cellular connection.

These are standard figures that the company gives for all of its current tablets, but we were hopeful that it might prove a conservative estimate; after all, the device’s battery has an impressive (for Apple) capacity of 8,827 mAh. That compares to 7,340 mAh on the Air 2, and may explain the device being (comparatively!) thick and heavy.

Here’s how things turned out in practice – or in the GeekBench 3 battery test, at any rate.

Geekbench 3 battery testCreate bar charts

Dimensions

  • iPad 2017: 240 mm x 169.5 mm x 7.5 mm. 478g (cellular) or 469g (Wi-Fi)
  • iPad Air 2: 240 mm x 169.5 mm x 6.1 mm. 444g (cellular) or 437g (Wi-Fi)

UK price

Here is how much each model of the iPad 2017 costs in the UK:

  • iPad 2017 (32GB, Wi-Fi only): £339
  • iPad 2017 (128GB, Wi-Fi only): £429
  • iPad 2017 (32GB, Wi-Fi + cellular): £469
  • iPad 2017 (128GB, Wi-Fi + cellular): £559

It’s £40 cheaper than the iPad Air 2, which started at £379 for 32GB and Wi-Fi.

You can buy the iPad 2017 here; the iPad Air 2 is still available second-hand, or through education resellers.

OUR VERDICT

The iPad 2017 is an unexpectedly cheap offering, but one that is also generally low-specced and has a design that’s mostly lifted from a product that’s two and a half years old, and in some cases from one that’s three and a half years old. It’s all rather odd.

While much of its technology feels out of date, however, one key spec, the processor, does not, and the A9 chip helped the iPad 2017 to produce consistently decent results in our benchmarking tests – not Pro-fast, but considerably faster than the Air 2. And that 8,827 mAh unit gave it impressive scores in our battery tests.

That lovely big battery, of course, is the most likely reason for the iPad’s weight gain. And we’re less bothered by that than by the unlaminated screen. An iPad lives and dies by its screen, which should look and feel great. This one looks great but feels a bit cheap.

Then again, by iPad standards the new model really is cheap – £339 feels like a bit of a bargain. If you’ve got an Air 2 and have been putting off an upgrade, this might be the model to convince you: you’ll get a better battery and processor, and longer-term iOS updates to look forward to. Just make sure you try out the screen before laying down any cash, because we’re not keen on the way it feels, and it’s without doubt a step back from the one you’ll be used to.

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iPad 9.7 (2017) vs. iPad Pro vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Mini 4: What's The Difference?

Apple recently announced a new iPad, simply calling an iPad. The device – which we’ll call the iPad 9.7 (2017) – sports a 9.7-inch screen, it looks identical to the iPad Air 2 (which it replaces) and it makes even harder to pick an iPad just for you. Since there are now so many iPad models to choose from we decided to compare them and provide you some help with picking a perfect iPad model.

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Design, Size

Design-wise all four models look practically the same. Not counting screen size, the design is quite similar featuring a large Home button on the front, main camera placed at the top left side on the back, and a large Apple logo on the middle of the backside.

When we look at dimensions, it is apparent that the new iPad 9.7 (2017) sports the same dimensions as the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro 9.7. the new device is a bit thicker, which is a shame because it is newer than the iPad Air 2, and a bit heavier than the other two 9.7-inch iPads. Also, the new tablet features dual external speakers, unlike the iPad pro models that rock a quad speaker setup.

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  • iPad 9.7 (2017): 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm (9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 in) and 469 / 478g (1.03 / 1.05lbs) for cellular/non-cellular
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 inches) and 444 / 437g (0.98 / 0.96lbs) for cellular/non-cellular
  • iPad Pro 12.9: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm (12 x 8.86 x 0.27 inches) and 713 / 729g (1.57 / 1.59lbs) for cellular/non-cellular
  • iPad mini 4: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm (8 x 5.3 x 0.24 inches) and 298.8 / 304g (0.65 / 0.67lbs) for cellular/non-cellular

Hardware, Display

The new iPad 9.7 (2017) features an Apple A9 chip (dual-core 1.84 GHz (Twister) CPU and PowerVR GT7600 (six-core) GPU) along with 2 gigs of RAM. A bit disappointing, especially because the chip is two years old. At least it’s better than the solution used in the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 4 (A8X and A8, respectively) since the two chips date back to 2014.

Of course, it’s power can’t be compared with the power of the two iPad Pro models since they are using a newer A9X chip. Overall, the new iPad is powerful, but if you are a power user, it is better to go with one of the two iPad Pro models.

  • iPad 9.7 (2017): Apple A9 with dual-core 1.84 GHz (Twister) CPU and PowerVR GT7600 (six-core) GPU, 2GB of RAM
  • iPad Air 2: Apple A8X with Triple-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon CPU and PowerVR GXA6850 (octa-core graphics) CPU, 2GB of RAM
  • iPad Pro 9.7: Apple A9X with dual-core 2.16 GHz (Twister) CPU and PowerVR Series 7 (12-core) GPU, 2GB of RAM
  • iPad Pro 12.9: Apple A9X with dual-core 2.26 GHz (Twister) CPU and PowerVR Series 7 (12-core) GPU, 4GB of RAM
  • iPad mini 4: A8 second-generation chip with 64-bit architecture, CPU: 1.3x faster, Graphics: 1.6x faster compared to A7, M8 motion coprocessor

As for the display, the new iPad 9.7 (2017) features an LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display (2732×2048 pixel resolution) at 264 pixels per inch (ppi). Solid specs, but with a couple of weak sides. Firstly, the new model comes without the anti-reflective display coating. If you like to use your tablet under bright lights (or outdoors) you’ll have a tough time. Further, the display isn’t a True Tone display seen in the two iPad pro models. Not so bad, especially since the Pro models are way more expensive, but a bit disappointing. Oh, and the 3D Touch feature is still missing, but since all iPads lack the feature, this is completely normal.

  • iPad 9.7 (2017), iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display, 2732 by 2048 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • iPad Pro 12.9: 12.9 inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display, 2732 by 2048 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi), oleophobic coating
  • iPad Mini 4: 7.9 inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display, 2048 by 1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi), oleophobic coating
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Camera, Battery

The camera was never the most important feature on iPad devices, and it is not surprising that Apple equipped the new iPad 9.7 (2017) with an 8MP (f/2.4) camera seen on the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro 12.9. The front facing camera counts 1.2 MP. Since you’ll rarely use the main camera (everyone carries a smartphone that usually packs a better rear camera these days), the specs are okay.

  • iPad 9.7 (2017), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro 12.9 – rear: 8MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1080p video, no OIS. Front: 1.2MP, f2.2 aperture, 720p video, no OIS
  • iPad Pro 9.7 – rear: 12MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 4K video recording, no OIS. Front: 5MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, no OIS

While the camera is outdated, the battery is excellent. It will offer a 10-hour battery life, but don’t expect fast charging feature.

Pricing, Conclusion

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The price of the new iPad 9.7 (2017) is really affordable (at least if we compare it with other iPad models). The device costs just $329 (32GB Wi-Fi) and if you want Wi-Fi + Cellular it will cost you $459 (32GB).

At the end, the new iPad 9.7 (2017) is a solid tablet that doesn’t offer top-of-the-line specs, but on the other side, we have solid build quality, a fair pricing, and the iOS, which is better mobile OS than Android for tablet devices. If you want massive horsepower, pick an iPad Pro. If you want a solid tablet that features nice screen, quality chassis, and a superb ecosystem, pick the new iPad 9.7 (2017).

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