http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad-air-2/wireless/ (near the bottom, search for "Apple SIM")
I'm not going to let go this freedom, thank you. I'd rather have a physical operation to do than give even more control to Apple.
Knowing Apple, they are most likely doing this so they can get rid of the SIM slot in future devices. Of course they will tout the slim device and large battery, but it is really all about control.
For those who really want the freedom of using what ever you want, you can always take out the sim. ( Which is a hassle in itself )
For that matter I'm also not seeing verizon listed as a participating provider, which seems to be cutting out a previously supported demographic.
I wonder if the watch may be able to interoperate with a cellular iPad instead of an iPhone.
Nope, existing (my Retina Mini) iPads can do it too.
Yes I know it's a sale tactic to get you to "upgrade" to 64GB and recoup some nice profit margin, but 16 is too low for a lot of people, and 64 is a waste.
Android suffers this a lot. Brand new high end model $650 phone, 8GB of usable space.
I find a lot of phones and tablets are stuck at 16gb, as you mentioned, regardless of OEM. End users don't seem to be making space a priority, instead they just want thinner and sexier, which has led to the problem of low battary capacities, bending issues, and screens that are easily cracked.
I think think we're in the infancy of mobile and wearables. I suspect a big sturdy 6" phone will become the status quo soon enough with a smartwatch companion for notifications. I'm kinda doing this now with my N5 and my Moto 360 and its a great combo. Moving to the N6 with its massive battery and gorgeous screen is a no brainer. Also, constant 24/7 LTE or wifi makes storage much less of an issue, but I suspect it might be an issue for me as I migrate away from using a tablet to just using a phablet and then that 16gb limitation will be painful.
None, but they usually ship with 16, sometimes upgradable to 32, and these days often no SD slot. The Nexus 9 is 16/32 with no SD, the Nexus 6 is 32/64 with no SD. The Air 2 and 6's are 16/64/128 (though the 16GB is a bloody sham, especially when the next OS will most likely require even more available space than iOS8's already humongous 5GB for OTA) (it was really funny seeing the proud 47%-a-month-in graph when iOS7 was at 71% a month in: http://fortune.com/2013/10/15/mixpanel-apples-ios-7-hit-71-p...)
The developer has to set the option to allow it in the manifest when they submit the App however, which not all of them do sadly.
At the same time, there ARE people who don't store anything on their ipad. Like my grandpa. He uses it for mail, news etc on his couch. So it's a bit of a waste to hook up this segment of people with an additional 16gb they'll never touch. And having four different sizes (16,32,64,128) is problematic. At the end of the day though, my grandpa could use a cheap nexus 7 for that type of stuff. The iPad at the end of the day is a very high-end device, yet the entry-level product fills up with the OS, three movies and three large games.
So I'm a bit split on this one. But I think next year the time's ripe for 32gb minimum, again we're talking about the premium-spectrum of tablets here that are replacing some of our laptop/desktop life. Of the 16gb you're usually left with 12-14gb...
Edit: removed time code, but they go into detail about the visual pipeline around the 30min mark.
If this new iPad still has 1GB of RAM, it's a dealbreaker for me. Lack of RAM causes Safari to reload webpages from inactive tabs, which is a HUGE flaw. It really hurts websurfing experience and I think websurfing is one of the primary purposes of iPad.
I got a Note 2014 edition with 3GB RAM and though there were initial software hiccups I have stuck with it - rarely do my Chrome tabs reload, background audio die or my RDP session end randomly. Alt+Tab and everything is instantly there. With the latest updates it has become quite smooth - I would say better than the iPad with simple tweaks. Plus I have a uSD slot to throw my music on.
If you are looking for even a semi replacement laptop - you could do much better with Android tablets - Note or Nexus 9 if you prefer stock and don't need the stylus.
In fact, it's why I use safari over Chrome because Chrome is much worse for me in that regard, despite using Chrome for everything else on every other device and disliking Safari generally. But it's the least bad with having to reload webpages.
If more apps on Air 2 are 64-bit than on Air 1, the memory consumption with Air 2 would be more than that with Air 1. In case the RAM size stays the same, Air 2 could see more page-in/page-out, especially when you keep lots of chrome tabs open or other tasks on...
But perhaps different user groups have different usage patterns that fit different hardware configuration, and Apple might know it very well...
Two pretty good reasons.
Assuming ipad Air 2 has roughly the same power consumption as Air 1 (32.5 w), even if 2GB memory consumes twice the power than 1GB (on PC a DDR3 stick, which has much greater capacity, would be 2~3 w), comparing to the power consumption of CPU and screen, still the power consumed by memory is only a small fraction of the whole...
Well, I am not quite familiar with this energy aspect...Perhaps some experts here could provide more insight or pointers?
Also I'm pretty sure the 32.5 watt power consumption represents the maximum, otherwise that thing would overheat without a fan.
But the thing is, it looks like there is not much difference between a single stick of 1GB RAM and a single stick of 2GB RAM in terms of the power consumption rate. This is indicated in this article http://www.buildcomputers.net/power-consumption-of-pc-compon... ; well, it's for desktop RAM but I would assume tablet RAM will behave similarly, as seen from other tablets that upgraded from 1GB to 2GB.
From the user experience perspective, if there is no noticeable penalty -- the physical size and the power consumption are the same for 1GB and 2GB RAM, then why not just put in the one with larger capacity, for a better user experience? (and possibly much better for those of heavy multitasking tendency).
Is that because 2GB is much more expensive than 1GB, for tablet RAM? I could not find any tablet RAM price information through googling -- it's not for retail to individual consumer but only sold in batch to manufacturers...
That's completely okay, but I'm left with this feeling 'there's nothing to see here, nothing to discuss'.
Curious to see the new screen on the Air 2 in the store, though. Might be a significant difference.
As for the mini 3... that's just a mini 2 (2014 version). Literally no change except the fingerprint scanner. I'd call it the '3', too, just to prevent confusion, but it's utterly unremarkable otherwise versus the '2'.
Also, is there a single Technical Specifications page for the iPad Air 2? I can't find a list of sensors in the device, outside of the linked Compare page.
Edit: Here's the full specs page: http://www.apple.com/ipad-air-2/specs/
Personally I'll certainly use it as I'm a private pilot :)
Edit: Okay, some people are a little sensitive about the lack of new iPad mini features or don't get the reference. It's from Seinfeld. And it's worth noting that Gold is an option now, since apparently gold models are selling well for Apple.
Usually Apple always seems so far ahead.
I have all three of these apps on my iPad. I recently removed iMovie, and never touch Pages choosing to instead use superior options (where there are also superior options on Android). Garageband was interesting for a while (and it is a superlative implementation), but hasn't been intentionally opened by anyone in the family in many, many months.
They are good apps, but I doubt they're within even the top 100 most used apps across platforms. They aren't compelling for the average user.
Sounds silly but it feels so un-Apple to have that many different variations of one product line.
I'm counting 22 variations of the iPads for a customer to choose from - http://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/
That's a good thing. They're delivering the best hardware and software, why not leave old versions around to make it more affordable for people who can't buy a new device every year? Remember Jobs talked about wanting to change how kids read books and got educated etc. well if you only have the latest models at the highest prices only kids with parents will have access. I like it and I don't think it's too confusing. The power in each is good so the differentiation is mostly price and screen res which is easy enough for people to grasp.
I'm no Apple insider, but my hunch is that 32GB is right in the sweet spot of what most people probably realistically expect to use. So, basically, they could easily give you the 32GB in the baseline model, but they know that if they do that, they'll be leaving a lot of money on the table because there isn't a stark difference for a large percentage of users between 32GB of storage and 64GB. 16GB on the other hand is a different matter.
The fact that so many people are complaining about this is probably a sign that, if that is indeed the reasoning behind the lack of 32GB model, it was a smart choice from a profit perspective.
So the better question is: how is Apple getting away with selling a 16GB option for $500? It's not really that much space, especially when you take the OS and the space necessary to download updates into account.
That's on this basis that I was thinking, they couldn't get themselves to start the lineup at 32G. I guess it's the same pressures at play as for the 8G iPhones.
The fractional sizes would get weirded and weirder as they get smaller.
1mm is ~1/32 (5/128ths is a really close approximation, but let's assume nobody is that crazy).
Right now it's ~1/4 of an inch
Let's say they reduce the size 1mm.
Now which sounds better: 5.1mm, or 7/32 of an inch (or 13/64ths, which is more accurate)
A similar thing happened to A&W  with their "1/3 pound" burger selling fewer than a competitor's "1/4 pound" burger — effectively because "3" is less than "4" and fractions aren't for everyone.
Though, it is a bit more complicated, at least for me. For example, if I'm weighing small objects/quantities, I definitely prefer grams and have a fairly good sense of how much of something there is if given a weight in grams. But larger weights, like people, etc., I use pounds. I know that a kilogram is 2.2 pounds, but if you give me a weight in kilos, I still have to convert it to pounds for it to be meaningful to me in a real world sense.
we don't understand grams or kg as a daily measure so we have no idea what .435kg feels like.
Damn, i had a look at this "Size classes" feature a week ago and i REALLY didn't feel like recoding my 40-screens iPad app during the next two weeks. Now i'll have a year, which feels much better.
My guess is the rumored screen production issues for the Air 2 led to the Mini 3 being a less ambitious update.
But I suspect that they'd planned to roll out an A8X iPad Mini 3 with the new screen and had to pull back from that plan, and this is where they ended up.
I frankly find it amazing that Apple can ramp up stuff this effectively, year after year. Consider that they're building a bazillion new screens in a new way and shipping it to a bazillion customers who are going to complain about the smallest defects.