Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
iPad Air 2
Yesterday I stopped by the local Apple Store and purchased an iPad Air 2, gold, with 128GB storage, and a cellular connection (Verizon). Compared to my old original iPad or even my nearly two year old iPhone 5s … wow. The two benchmarks above are from Geekbench 3 run on my new Air 2. My original iPad isn’t even listed.
I had read the reviews and watched the videos, but they do not do justice to the thinness, lightness, and performance of the iPad Air 2. I am very, very impressed.