Apple’s October event came with a plethora of announcements, however the main focus of the event was the introduction of the 5th generation iPad, the iPad Air. In case you missed it, here are the most important announcements made about the iPad Air.
iPad Air Design
The design of the iPad Air is different than ever before – Apple has changed the iPad to make it look more similar to it’s mini counterpart. In other words, the iPad Air now has the more round, flat look consumers have come to love with the introduction of the iPad Mini.
The iPad Air weighs only 1 pound (previously 1.44 pounds), and measures only 75 millimeters thin. These specs make the iPad Air the thinnest and lightest full sized tablet available on the market today.
For the first time ever, the iPad is available in four different colors. You’ve got your standard black and white, and the iPad Air is now available in silver and space grey.
iPad Air Performance
Aside from the design improvements, the iPad Air features numerous performance improvements over the iPad 4 as well. Most noticeably, the iPad Air comes with an all new 64-bit, 1.3 GHz dual-core processor. While we may not see anything pushing the limitations of the iPad Air’s processor now, it’s only a matter of time before developers begin taking advantage of it.
The new A7 chip allows for up to twice as fast computing and graphics rendering performance than the previous generation iPad. The iPad Air runs OpenGL 3.0, which allows it to run console-level games more smoothly than ever before, and an example of that can be seen with Infinity Blade III. It’s only a matter of time before companies begin considering the iPad as a serious gaming console, and we now have the power to make it exactly that.
The processor wasn’t the only hardware to be improved with the iPad Air, however. While the rear camera is still only 5 megapixels, the front FaceTime camera has now been improved to support full 1920x1080p video.
Finally, the iPad Air has Wi-Fi with MIMO, allowing the Wi-Fi to be up to two times faster than before, along with dual microphones to improve call quality.
Other Important Details
Similarly to the iPhone 5S, the iPad Air will not be available for preorder. However, it will be available as early as November 1st, allowing you to get one in time for the holidays. The iPad Air will follow the same pricepoints as previous models, starting at $499, $599, $699, and $799 for 16Gb, 32Gb, 64Gb, and 128Gb respectively,while the LTE models will start at $630, $730, $830, and $930 for 16Gb, 32Gb, 64Gb, and 128Gb respectively.
Will you be getting the iPad Air? Why or why not?