Should You Buy a New iPad in 2014?
With an annual release schedule, it can sometimes be tricky to keep up with the new products coming from California computer giant Apple.
It can seem like there’s something new hitting the shelves almost all the time. And the latest addition to the line-up of high technology products is two new iPads: the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. But what makes these products different to their predecessors, and — perhaps more importantly — should you buy one? Let’s find out.
What is the iPad Air 2?
Back in November 2013, Apple released its most significant update to the iPad line yet – the iPad Air. Unlike all of the previous iPads, the new Air boasted an all new form factor, and was much lighter, faster and more battery-efficient. Fast-forward to October 2014, and Apple has now launched the iPad Air 2. But what makes it different? Here are the main points you need to know:
- 18% thinner than its predecessor at just 6.1mm thick
- Weighs just 436 grams
- Available in grey, white or gold
- Fingerprint sensor to unlock the device
In terms of under-the-hood improvements, the iPad Air 2 boasts a new processor which is faster than ever before for both general tasks and gaming. However, the original iPad Air (and even models as far back as the iPad 2) is no slump and can run many of the latest apps with no trouble – so many see this iPad Air 2 as more of an incremental upgrade.
What is the iPad Mini 3?
When Apple announced the new iPad Air, they also briefly touched on the new iPad Mini 3. So why didn’t they shout about it too much? The reason is simple: the iPad Mini 3 features the exact same internals as the previous iPad Mini 2. The only difference between these two devices is the fact that the new version has a fingerprint sensor which can be used to unlock the device and pay for apps. Oh, and it’s available in gold too. Other than that, there is no difference between the two devices. In fact, the iPad Mini 2 is now around £100 cheaper than the 3, so you can get the same experience (without the fingerprint scanner) for much less.
The bottom line
The truth about this year’s iPad line-up is this: these products are very iterative. There are no great, sweeping innovations this time. Apple has simply polished some rough edges and added some new colours. If you already have an iPad and it’s not too slow, not too low on storage, and is in full working order – there’s really nothing here to make you go running for the Apple Store.
Unless you really like gold or fingerprint sensors… in which case, what are you waiting for?
Written by Simon Morris
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