iPad Air 2 GPU

The iPad Air 2 is even more impressive than everyone thought

By on November 12, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

The iPad Air 2 is even more impressive than everyone thought

When unveiling the iPad Air 2 during its special mid-October media event, Apple specifically highlighted the new A8X processor inside the slim tablet, which is supposed to offer an even better performance than its predecessor, both when it comes to processor and graphics. Following its launch, the iPad Air 2 was dismantled, with professionals revealing the tablet packs a triple-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

AnandTech took a closer look at the A8X’s graphics processing unit (GPU), finding it to be even more impressive and powerful than people initially thought. More →

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Android Vs iOS

Big Android fan reviews Apple’s iPad Air 2 after using it for two weeks

By on November 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Big Android fan reviews Apple’s iPad Air 2 after using it for two weeks

Often times when we see outspoken fans of one mobile platform share thoughts on another platform publicly, the result isn’t objective enough to even bother with. Sometimes, however, when the author manages to remain objective, they surprise us with interesting and useful insights. We always try to share good comparisons and reviews like these because intelligent thoughts on one platform from users of another platform can potentially help readers see things from a different perspective. And this past weekend, a nice iPad Air 2 review popped up on Reddit from an Android enthusiast who used Apple’s latest and greatest iPad for two straight weeks. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Vs. iPad Air

This is Microsoft’s most humiliating Surface product placement failure yet

By on November 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

This is Microsoft’s most humiliating Surface product placement failure yet

When you consider how often we see Microsoft Surfaces on our televisions versus how many are actually sold, you really have to question whether Microsoft’s big spending on such product placement is worthwhile. This is especially true when such product placement backfires in hilarious ways, such as when NFL announcers refer to the Surface tablets coaches are using on the sidelines as “iPads.” However, it turns out it can get even worse than that because GeekWire has spotted a new Surface product placement failure that might be Microsoft’s most embarrassing one yet. More →

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Nexus 9 vs. iPad Air 2

Nexus 9 not supposed to be an iPad Air 2 killer, just a template for one

By on October 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Nexus 9 not supposed to be an iPad Air 2 killer, just a template for one

Google this year announced a hight-end new Nexus tablet that’s closer in size to Apple’s iPad Air flagship, but also when it comes to performance and price. However, the company doesn’t see the Nexus 9 as an iPad Air 2 killer, even though it announced it just before Apple unveiled its own 2014 iPads. Instead, it’s supposed to be just a model Google hopes other Android tablet makers will follow when they build the upcoming iPad killer, according to Engadget. More →

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iPad Air 2 Bend Test

Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect

By on October 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect

The reason the “bend test” videos for the iPhone 6 Plus went viral is that they raised questions about whether the device would bend just from carrying it around in your pants pocket. This shouldn’t be a concern for anyone who owns an iPad Air 2, since the tablet was never intended to be carried around in your pants pocket and we can’t imagine any reason for a sane person to do so. All the same, that hasn’t stopped YouTuber Marvin Macht from putting the iPad Air 2 through a bend test of his own and the tablet predictably did not hold up well under pressure. More →

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Review
iPad Air 2 Review

The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone

The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone

By on October 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

It’s easy to get excited about Apple products. They get faster, thinner, lighter, smaller, better, more beautiful and more functional. But every so often Apple introduces a pivotal product, one that might be from a brand new product category, or one from an existing product that is just so much better it can’t help but impress.

The iPad Air 2 is that product right now. It is better than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and I would go as far as to say it’s the best thing Apple has ever made. More →

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iPad Air 2 vs. Nexus 9 Benchmark

The iPad Air 2 just beat the only other tablet worth looking at

By on October 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

The iPad Air 2 just beat the only other tablet worth looking at

The first iPad Air 2 benchmarks suggested earlier this week that Apple’s latest flagship tablet is even more powerful than initially believed, even though it didn’t manage to outscore the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s tablet/laptop 2-in-1 device. However, more benchmark test results have surfaced since then, revealing the iPad Air 2 beats in tests the only brand new iPad rival that matters. More →

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iPar Air 2 iFixit Teadown

This might just be the most amazing thing about the iPad Air 2

By on October 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

This might just be the most amazing thing about the iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is officially available in stores, so it’s not really surprising to see the guys over at iFixit publish their official iPad Air 2 teardown. The slimmer-than-ever iPad Air 2 can be easily torn apart if you’ve got the right tools, but it’s not easy to repair, receiving a 2 out of 10 repaiarability score from the teardown experts. However, iFixit did manage to shed more light on the internal components of the iPad Air 2, many of which have been detailed in previous leaks and reports.

In the process, however, the publication made some interesting discoveries. More →

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iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac Reviews Roundup

iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in real tests

By on October 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in real tests

The first iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in and man publications are generally praising Apple’s newest products, although many say that things can still be improved, especially for the tablet. The iPad Air 2 is slimmer, lighter and more powerful than ever, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a must-have device. The Retina iMac has a great-looking high-resolution display matched by high performance, although it might be quite a big expense for those users who don’t really need to handle 4K and 5K images and videos. More →

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iPad Air 2 16GB Vs. 64GB

Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads

By on October 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM.

Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads

Earlier this month, we knocked Apple for releasing a new version of the Retina iPad mini that was literally the exact same as last year’s model except for the addition Touch ID and the option to buy it in gold. Now famed Apple blogger John Gruber, in his otherwise laudatory review for the new iPad Air 2, singles out another point of criticism about the company’s newest tablets: Namely, he doesn’t think there’s any reason for Apple to release larger iPads with only 16GB of storage anymore. More →

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iPad Air 2 Vs. Surface Pro 3

Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance

By on October 22, 2014 at 8:40 AM.

Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance

Benchmark scores for the iPad Air 2 have started coming in and as you’d expect they’re very impressive so far. But let’s put this into context: How do the Geekbench scores for the iPad Air 2 stack up against rival tablets? As you’ll see in a comparison chart made by Laptop Mag, the iPad Air 2 really only has one rival in terms of overall performance and that’s Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. More →

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