iPad (2017) vs iPad Air 2 – What Sets them Apart?

Apple decided to surprise its fans a couple of days ago when it introduced the new 9.7 inch affordable iPad. The reason we are saying that Apple managed to surprised its fans is because everyone was expecting another iPad Air 2 itineration. The Cupertino based tech giant has made it clear that it won’t refresh its iPad Air lineup and that the new tablet that’s been simply called iPad is going to be its successor.

Today we’re going to take the new iPad and pin against iPad Air 2 in order to see what set sets them apart. Additionally, Apple fans will be able to tell if they should upgrade their tablet or just stick to iPad Air 2 until iPad Pro 2 comes out. Nonetheless, let’s jump into it.

Weight and Build

Because these two devices are portable, their weight and size is very important. Straight off we notice that both of them have built from a nearly identical aluminum alloy. When it comes to weight, the new iPad weighs in at 469 grams while iPad Air 2 weighs in at 437 grams. The latter is slightly lighter but it’s almost unnoticeable. We are not going to compare their sizes because they are exactly the same.


iPad Air 2 is the most popular Apple tablet ever made and that’s because it provides users with stable performances as a courtesy of its A8X tri-core processor that clocks at 1.5GHz. On the other hand, the new iPad is powered by a faster A9 dual-core chipset which has been clocked at 1.85GHz. Regarding RAM, both tablets have been equipped with 2GB of RAM.

Storage Space

Apple has made the new iPad available in only one size model, but it does ship in two different storage variants. Customers can acquired Apple’s new tablet in the 32GB and 128GB of internal storage space models while iPad Air 2 ships in the 16GB and 64GB on-board storage variants. Sadly, neither of the two devices support microSD cards but this shouldn’t surprise anyone since Apple never includes microSD support on its tablets.

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