iPad Air 2 unboxing and hands-on!

The new iPad Air 2 is here with its gold finish, laminated Retina display, and monstrous new triple-core Apple A8X processor. Here's what's in the box, and a full hands-on tour of the new hardware!

We're busy reviewing it now, so if you have any requests, or any questions, fire away!

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

18 Comments
  • Do you think the A8X is an indication of where Apple might go with the A9 next year? Could the iPhone 6S see a triple-core A9 with 2gb of ram?
  • Looking forward to receiving mine next week ... left Concord, Ontario last night and supposed to be delivered on the 28th!
  • Brace yourselves - next year iPad Blade "cut you friends with ease".
  • iPad Pro is in our future. I can not wait. Sent from the iMore App
  • Would have gotten mine today if my UPS driver wasn't lazy enough to skip my house and scan an "attempted delivery" without even bothering to show up... You get what you pay for with free shipping I guess :(
  • 128GB WiFi only states 113GB out of the box new. It takes 15GB just to run it? Are you all getting that also? Sent from the iMore App
  • Rip Off??? Sent from the iMore App
  • Bundled apps and such aside, there are numerous articles on this "phenomenon" (stated storage vs. actual available) on the web... Short answer: no, they're not ripping you off Sent from the iMore App
  • How's the camera?? Sent from the iMore App
  • Tell me if you open many tabs on safari and does the previous tabs refresh automatically?
    If it does then does it continue from where you left off AFTER refreshing?
  • Mine should be here tomorrow. I'm still confused about the iCloud photo. Sent from the iMore App
  • IFix reported a possible NFC chip already built in. Could this mean a possible enablement of it in the future? Is the sound just as good as it was with the original Air? With Apple Sim now capable for 3 of the 4 major carriers, do you believe this could open up a price/package war with the carriers for this business?
  • There was never an "ease of one-handed use" dilemma with the iPads like there was introduced with the larger new iPhones... hence, no need to move the Sleep/Wake button. Sent from the iMore App
  • Do you think Apple can say 'mission accomplished' with regard to making them as thin as they wanted and ease off. I do think that there could be a point where you could get them so thin it affects usability. Sent from the iMore App
  • For the question of the Safari tabs reloading, I have opened up 8 tabs so far and not one reloaded when opening it back up!!! Even more impressive than I thought. So it seems it was indeed ram not iOS causing that issue. The extra ram helps ios more than I ever could of imagined playing with this new iPad Air 2. With this and the laminated display, (the 2 main reasons I upgraded from the iPad Air) I am so happy I did. Also did anyone mention this thing is THIN!? Lol Sent from the iMore App
  • Poor quality sound. Almost muffled compared with the iPad Air. A real issue for me as I watch a lot of videos. It's serious enough that I'm giving serious consideration to returning it and going back to the first iPad Air. Sent from the iMore App
  • Not muffled for me, but at half volume getting small amount of distortion. Full volume more distortion. Have not tested earphones yet. Compared to the iPad three, volume is louder,, but I wonder if the very thin case is causing some of this. The back vibrates. I usually use ear, or headphones.
  • its a awesome device and think in the tablet market there is a spot for apple. i had the iPad mini and thats all i had on iPads. is just not made for me. don't know what to do with it. love my iPhone and thats all i need.
    last year was thinking to get the iPad air and got an macbook air for 899 13 inch. i think was better for me.