What are the differences between the ipad tablet Air 2 và the ipad tablet 2017, & is it worth making the upgrade? Our comparison nhận xét weighs up the options


At a Glance

Our Verdict

The ipad tablet 2017 is an unexpectedly cheap offering, but one that is also generally low-specced & has a kiến thiết that’s mostly lifted from a product that’s two và a half years old, and in some cases from one that’s three & a half years old. It’s all rather odd.While much of its giải pháp công nghệ feels out of date, however, one key spec, the processor, does not, and the A9 chip helped the ipad tablet 2017 to produce consistently decent results in our benchmarking tests – not Pro-fast, but considerably faster than the Air 2. And that 8,827 mAh unit gave it impressive scores in our battery tests.That lovely big battery, of course, is the most likely reason for the iPad’s weight gain. & we’re less bothered by that than by the unlaminated screen. An ipad lives & dies by its screen, which should look và feel great. This one looks great but feels a bit cheap.Then again, by ipad tablet standards the new mã sản phẩm really is cheap – £339 feels like a bit of a bargain. If you’ve got an Air 2 and have been putting off an upgrade, this might be the mã sản phẩm to convince you: you’ll get a better battery và processor, and longer-term quả táo updates lớn look forward to. Just make sure you try out the screen before laying down any cash, because we’re not keen on the way it feels, and it’s without doubt a step back from the one you’ll be used to.

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Near the end of March 2017, and with no fanfare at all, táo bị cắn announced the launch of its newest iPad. Replacing the ipad tablet Air 2, this latest tablet is simply called iPad, although for the sake of clarity we will refer to lớn it as the máy tính bảng ipad 2017 throughout this article.

The big questions are these: what are the differences between the ipad Air 2 and the ipad tablet 2017, và is it worth making the upgrade? In this article we compare Apple’s 2014 and 2017 iPads, & help you decide whether the spec bumps, thiết kế changes & new features are enough to lớn justify the price. Read next: máy tính bảng ipad buying guide 2017


iPad 2017…


…and the ipad Air 2

Except for a couple ofrather surprising things. The ipad tablet 2017 is actually thicker and heavier than its three-year-old predecessor. You have to go back khổng lồ 2013’s ipad Air 1, in fact, lớn find a model with the same dimensions.

iPad 2017: 240mm x 169.5mm x 7.5mm; 469g/478g (Wi-Fi/cellular)iPad Air 2:240mm x 169.5mm x 6.1mm; 437g/444g(Wi-Fi/cellular)

The other main difference between the máy tính bảng ipad 2017 & the Air 2 concerns the screen.


In a bit of a backwards step, the new máy tính bảng ipad comes with theunlaminated, ‘air-gapped’ screen last seen on the ipad tablet Air 1. Here’s what we said about that feature in our reviews several years ago:

“When you tap or press the screen, it definitely seems to lớn ‘flex’ more than the screens on the ipad tablet 3 and iPad 4. The result is that the screen feels light and plasticky, rather than the solid glass feeling on the older devices… We were keen, when the Air 2 came out, khổng lồ see if this issue had been tackled. & sure enough, the more compressed thiết kế of the Air 2 – in which the elements of the display have been by necessity squeezed closer together, và air pockets removed – results in a screen that is firmer to lớn the touch.”

Well, that step forward made by the Air 2 in 2014, we are sorry to lớn report, has now been reversed. The máy tính bảng ipad 2017, for reasons known only to Apple, has an unlaminated screen with an air gap under the display. You’ll find that it yields the tiniest fraction when you press down: not much by any means, but enough to lớn notice.

It’s still a decent screen – bright, sharp và colourful – but we wish it was laminated.


Colour options

Like the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2, the máy tính bảng ipad 2017 comes in three colours: silver, gold & Space Grey. Neither device has been offered in Rose Gold. Read next: máy tính bảng ipad 2017 vs ipad mini 4

New features

Features-wise, the ipad 2017 is barely any different from the Air 2, gaining none of the upgrades brought in withthe 9.7-inch ipad Pro. It has touch ID & Apple Pay, và 4G internet connectivity; the usual stuff.

The new ipad 2017 is not compatible with either the táo bị cắn dở Pencil or the Smart Keyboard that máy tính bảng ipad Pro users get khổng lồ use – in fact it hasn’t got a Smart Connector. It also doesn’t get the Retina Flash và True Tone camera features of the ipad tablet Pro, something which will turn up again in the specs section.

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Let’s look under the hoods and compare the two device’s tech specs.


iPad 2017: A9 chip with 64-bit architecture; Embedded M9 coprocessoriPad Air 2: A8X chip with 64?bit architecture; M8 motion coprocessor

The ipad tablet 2017 comes with an A9 chip. On paper this ought to lớn be only slightly slower than the A9X in the high-end Pro models và significantly faster than the A8X in the Air 2. Let’s look at some benchmark scores.

Geekbench 4 CPU test: máy tính bảng ipad 2017 vs máy tính bảng ipad Air 2Create bar charts
GFXBench Metal test: ipad tablet 2017 vs ipad Air 2Create bar charts
JetStream 1.1: máy tính bảng ipad 2017 vs máy tính bảng ipad Air 2Create bar charts


iPad 2017: 2GB RAMiPad Air 2: 2GB RAM

Storage options

The ipad tablet 2017 is available with 32GB or 128GB of storage.

iPad Air 2: 32GB or 128GB


iPad 20179.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology2048×1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppiFingerprint-resistant oleophobic coatingiPad Air 29.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology2048×1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppiFingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Front-facing camera

iPad 20171.2-megapixel photosƒ/2.2 aperture720p HD đoạn clip recordingiPad Air 21.2MP photosƒ/2.2 aperture720p HD đoạn phim recording

Rear-facing camera

iPad 20178-megapixel cameraAutofocusPanorama (up khổng lồ 43 megapixels)HDR for photosExposure controlBurst modeTap to lớn focusTimer modeƒ/2.4 apertureiPad Air 28MP iSight cameraAutofocusPanorama (up lớn 43MP)Auto HDR for photosExposure controlBurst modeTap to focusTimer modeƒ/2.4 aperture


Apple claims the ipad 2017 has a 10-hour battery life when using Wi-Fi and 9 hours when browsing over a cellular connection.

These are standard figures that the company gives for all of its current tablets, but we were hopeful that it might prove a conservative estimate; after all, the device’s battery has an impressive (for Apple) capacity of 8,827 mAh. That compares lớn 7,340 mAh on the Air 2, & may explain the device being (comparatively!) thick and heavy.

Here’s how things turned out in practice – or in the GeekBench 3 battery test, at any rate.


iPad 2017: 240 milimet x 169.5 milimet x 7.5 mm. 478g (cellular) or 469g (Wi-Fi)iPad Air 2: 240 mm x 169.5 milimet x 6.1 mm. 444g (cellular) or 437g (Wi-Fi)

UK price

Here is how much each model of the ipad 2017 costs in the UK:

iPad 2017 (32GB, Wi-Fi only): £339iPad 2017 (128GB, Wi-Fi only): £429iPad 2017 (32GB, Wi-Fi + cellular): £469iPad 2017 (128GB, Wi-Fi + cellular): £559

It’s £40 cheaper than the ipad Air 2, which started at £379 for 32GB & Wi-Fi.

You can buy the ipad tablet 2017 here; the ipad tablet Air 2 is still available second-hand, or through education resellers.