Jony Ive’s love of simplicity is reflected in the number of physical buttons on this iPad. There’s a power button, volume up, volume down, and the Home button… and that’s it.
The home button does double duty as as fingerprint scanner using Apple’s Touch ID system. In our tests, this worked quite well, quickly and easily identify the digit it’s been trained to look for and rejecting all others.
The iPad Air 2 includes a single port for recharging and data synchronization with a PC. Like all recent iDevices, it uses Apple’s proprietary Lightning format, not the standard micro-USB.
Update: It doesn’t include a microSD card slot, but clever third-party accessory developers have found way to allow this tablet to access the contents of removable memory cards. Two examples are the i-FlashDrive and the Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2.