They are currently Apple’s largest tablets and iOS devices, the iPad Air 2 and the brand new iPad Pro. How does the new iPad compare to the iPad Air 2? We’re about to see.
Let’s start with what’s important, the specs. The iPad Pro has been equipped with the newest A9x chipster, which, according to Apple, is nearly twice as fast (1.8x) than the A8X chip found in the iPad Air 2. Both iPads are running iOS 9, the only difference is that the iPad Pro, thanks to the bigger screen, will be more suited to the operating system multi-tasking functions than its predecessor.
The new iPad Pro is considerably bigger than the iPad Air 2. Apple demonstrated at the tablet’s launch event that you could fit two iPad Air 2 devices into the new iPad’s screen. The iPad Pro is also a bit heavier at 1.56 pounds, whereas the iPad Air 2 weighs only 0.96 pounds.
Due to its 12.9 inch wide screen, the iPad Pro is far less portable than its predecessor, which is only 9.7 inch wide.But that also comes with advantages for getting your work done quicker, such as split-screen multitasking and a better resolution and viewing angles.
Though both iPad tablets are equipped with gorgeous Retina displays, the iPad Air 2’s resolution (2,048 x 1,536) pales in comparison with iPad Pro’s crystal clear display of 2,732 x 2,048 pixels. Apple has already done the math for us, the iPadPro has 5.6 million pixels active on the screen, whereas the iPad Air 2 “only” 3.1 million. While the difference may appear enormous, given the difference in size, both devices have 264 pixels per inch.
Both iPads are armed with the same 8mp rear camera and a 1.2 front-facing cameras, because Apple decided they are more than enough for a tablet, since pads are rarely used for photography.
One of the most important additions to the iPad series is that the iPad Pro comes equipped with four speakers, two at the top and two at the bottom, creating a wonderful stereo soundstage compared to what the two bottom speakers of the iPad Air 2’s are capable of. Apple is proud that they found a way to complement the large screen with quality speakers. Another advantage of the iPad Pro is that it is compatible with the new Apple Pencil stylus.
The iPad Pro will arrive in November this year, and it starts at a price of $799.99. Is it worth switching your iPad Air 2 with the new Apple tablet? It depends on you. It seems like the iPad Pro is mostly aiming at digital artists and business companies who need on-the-go editing functionality for their documents.
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