A recent teardown of Apple’s new iPad Air 2 has confirmed some previously suspected specifications – chiefly the fact that it provides a lot more power with a lot less juice.
Early benchmarks hinted at some of the latent power locked away in the 6.1mm-thick body of the iPad Air 2, but it’s no substitute for actually cracking the svelte tablet open.
That’s precisely what the iFixit website has made its name from in recent years, and it was quick to go to work on the iPad Air 2.
The repair specialist found the potent A8X processor that Apple announced at last week’s launch event, and also found that it was backed by 2GB of RAM. This confirms that the iPad Air 2 is the first iOS device to feature such a large amount of memory.
Also notable was the discovery of a 7340mAh battery. This is considerably smaller than the original iPad Air‘s 8827mAh battery.
It was suspected that the iPad Air 2 might have a slightly smaller battery, owing to that slim build, but it’s good to get confirmation. It also highlights how efficient the new A8X chip is – it’s not all about the power.
All in all, the breakdown report noted that the iPad Air 2 was pretty difficult to repair, scoring a lowly 2 out of 10. Thank Apple’s tight packing and fondness for glue over screws for that. Also, the new fused display means that any cracks or breakages are going to be even more expensive to fix.
Better invest in that case, sharpish.