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    On Wednesday, the iFixit team has gotten its hands on one of Apple's iPad Air 2 tablets, which is one of the two new tablets that Apple unveiled at its recent special event last week along with the iPad Mini 3.

    The tear-down reveals Apple's all-new A8X chip, which seriously out-performs the A8 chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It's a 1.5 Ghz triple-core processor with a powerful GPU that can put out some serious graphics. The logic board also contains 2 GB of memory, which are separated as two 1 GB chips on either side of the A8X chip. The M8 co-processing chip, which aids the device in detecting and processing motion is also present on the board.

    Since the iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet in the world, the wow-factor of the new hardware isn't the only thing of interest people also want to know what's happening with the battery. As iFixit points out, the iPad Air 2 actually has a smaller battery than the original iPad Air, rated at 27.62 Wh rather than 32.9 Wh:

    While the battery may be smaller, Apple says the battery life of the iPad Air 2 will mirror that of the older iPad Air, which means Apple has made some serious power efficiency advances in the iPad Air 2's hardware.

    In terms of repairability, the iPad Air 2 has scored a pitiful 2 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair. The low score is due to the fact that it's difficult and risky to try and pry off the front fused glass and LCD panel and the fact that everything is held to the case with extremely sticky adhesive. One plus is that the battery isn't soldered to the logic board, making battery replacements easier.

    Sources: iFixit
    2014-10-23 04:46 AM