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iFixit teardown of iPad Air 2 reveals 2GB of RAM, smaller battery

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As soon as Apple's iPad Air 2 started landing in retail stores on Wednesday, the teardown experts at iFixit got a hold of Apple's newest tablet to examine its internal hardware.

According to iFixit, the Air 2 sets a new bar for thinness with a 6.1mm profile that measures even less than the iPhone 6. The iPad Air 2 also includes a Touch ID sensor that is similar to the iPhone and a new 8-megapixel iSight camera that shares similar specifications, but is different from the module in the iPhone 6.

As mentioned in reviews, battery life in the iPad Air 2 is decreased due to a smaller battery. The iPad Air 2 ships with a 27.62 Whr and 7,340 mAh battery, while last year's iPad Air included a 32.9 Whr/8,827 mAh module. The teardown also confirmed the presence of Apple's new A8X processor and 2 GB of Elpida RAM, which is split across two 1 GB modules.

The iPad Air 2 is available now from Apple with a starting price of US$499 for the 16 GB WiFi-only model. Options include cellular for $129 more and capacities of 64 GB and 126 GB, each of which adds $100 to the price of the device.

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