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iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air 3rd Gen

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Apple released the iPad Air (2nd gen) in October 2014 and released the iPad Air (3rd gen) in March 2019. The 3rd generation iPad Air features several notable improvements, which include a 10.5” Retina display with True Tone, an Apple A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, up to 256GB of storage, a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera, and support for the 1st generation Apple Pencil.

Price Comparison

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air 3rd Gen Pricing

iPad Air 2 prices start at $71, which is cheaper than the iPad Air 3rd Gen low price of $133.

Specs Comparison

The iPad Air (2nd gen) hardware specs include a 9.7” Retina display, an Apple A8X chip, up to 128GB of storage, and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front. In comparison, the iPad Air (3rd gen) hardware specs include a 10.5” Retina display with True Tone, an Apple A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, up to 256GB of storage, and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front. The 3rd gen iPad Air also supports the 1st-generation Apple Pencil. Shared hardware specs include a Lignting connector, Touch ID in the home button, an 8MP wide-angle rear camera, stereo speakers, and two microphones.

Size

Size iPad Air 2 iPad Air 3rd Gen
Width 174 mm 6.9 inches
Height 251 mm 9.9 inches
Depth 6 mm 0.2 inches
Weight 464 g 16.4 ounces

The iPad Air (2nd gen) measures 9.4” (H) x 6.6” (W) x 0.24” (D) and the iPad Air (3rd gen) measures 9.8” (H) x 6.8” (W) x 0.24” (D). The WiFi-only 2nd gen iPad Air weighs 0.96 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 0.98 pounds. In comparison, the WiFi-only 3rd gen iPad Air weighs 1.0 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.02 pounds. The 2nd gen iPad Air has a 9.7” display size and the 3rd gen iPad Air has a 10.5” display size.

Camera

Camera iPad Air 2 iPad Air 3rd Gen
Primary 8.0 MP
Resolution 3264x2448

The iPad Air (2nd gen) and the iPad Air (3rd gen) both feature an 8MP wide-angle rear camera. The iPad Air (2nd gen) has a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front, and the iPad Air (3rd gen) has a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front.

Screen

Display iPad Air 2 iPad Air 3rd Gen
Resolution 1668x2224
Screen Size 267 mm 10.5 in
Pixels Per Inch ppi 265 ppi

The iPad Air (2nd gen) features a 9.7-inch Retina display with a native resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 264 pixels per inch. The iPad Air (3rd gen) features a 10.5-inch Liquid Retina display with a native resolution of 2224 x 1668 at 264 pixels per inch and True Tone. The 2nd gen iPad Air display has an SDR max brightness of 400 nits and the 3rd gen iPad Air display has an SDR max brightness of 500 nits. Both displays are fully laminated and have an anti-reflective coating and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

Battery

Battery iPad Air 2 iPad Air 3rd Gen
Capacity mAh 8134 mAh
Longevity hours 9 hours
USB Lightning

The 2nd gen iPad Air is equipped with a 27.3-watt-hour battery and the 3rd gen iPad Air is equipped with a 30.2-watt-hour battery. The battery capacities of the 2nd gen and the 3rd gen iPad Air allow for up to 10 hours of battery life when on WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when on cellular. Both models charge via the Lightning connector paired with a Lightning to USB charging cable.

Processing

Processor iPad Air 2 iPad Air 3rd Gen
CPU Apple A12 Bionic APL1081 / APL1W81 (T8020)

Color Choices

iPad Air 2

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPad Air 2 color should you buy?

iPad Air 3rd Gen

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which color iPad Air 3rd Gen is the most popular?

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air 3rd Gen Colors

Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Air 3rd Gen share three colors: Silver, Gold, and Gray.
Swappasaurus

The iPad Air (2nd gen) and the iPad Air (3rd gen) are available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. The Space Gray models feature a black bezel on the front and the Silver and Gold models feature a white bezel on the front.

Storage Options

iPad Air 2

Choose from 4 storage options:

  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Which iPad Air 2 storage should I buy?

iPad Air 3rd Gen

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPad Air 3rd Gen is the most popular?

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air 3rd Gen Storage

The iPad Air 3rd Gen introduces one new storage option not found on the iPad Air 2: 256GB. Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Air 3rd Gen share one storage option: 64GB. However, the iPad Air 3rd Gen does not have options for 32GB, 128GB, and 16GB, as seen on the iPad Air 2.
Swappasaurus

The storage options for the iPad Air (2nd gen) include 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. And to compare, the storage options for the iPad Air (3rd gen) include 64GB and 256GB.

Reviews

iPad Air 2

39 reviews 4.9 stars

iPad Air 3rd Gen

No reviews at this time

iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air 3rd Gen Reviews

The iPad Air 2 is rated by users at 4.9 of 5.0 stars. Review data for iPad Air 3rd Gen is not available at this time.

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