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Apple iPad 9.7 vs. iPad Air 2 – Hardware, Design And Tablet Offerings


Apple has discontinued the iPad Air 2 through the online store and it is promoting the new iPad 9.7 that was released back in March. The new tablet is very similar to the iPad Air 2, although it is faster and cheaper, which can be two important advantages for it. If you were curious how the iPad compares to the previous iPad Air 2 take a look at our article.


When it comes to the display, the iPad Air 2 came with a significant improvement: it has an anti-reflective display that is fully laminated. However, the new iPad 9.7 does not have those features anymore, although it has been reported that it comes with a brighter screen.

Both tablets have a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and a pixel density of 264ppi.


One of the most important upgrades is the A9 processor that comes with the new iPad, since iPad Air 2 had the AS8X chip and the M8 motion co-processor. While the A9 chip is not the most powerful one, users will notice that the device has a better performance.

When it comes to storage, the iPad 9.7 had two options: 32 GB and 128 GB, just like the iPad Air 2.


The design is also similar, but the iPad 9.7 is heavier and thicker than the iPad Air 2, although you can barely notice the difference. The new model comes at 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm while the previous one measures 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm.


The Apple iPad Air 2 can be bought for $399 and the price goes up to $629 while the new model is available at $329 and the prices rise up to $559. The prices depend on the storage capacity and whether you want a Wi-Fi and Cellular model or one that is Wi-Fi only.