In 2010, the technology giant Apple came with its first ever slate like device in the name of iPad and there after looking at the users demands and the highly upgrading technology, Apple is constantly rolling out every year a more enhanced version of this flagship device. Over the years, Apple has tamed the art of clubbing design with technology and this time with its new “iPad Air” it’s a masterstroke from the tech giant. Squeezing the iPad Air in size, making it even more slim and light than its predecessor, Apple has managed to derive a superior performance from the iPad Air and what Apple calls the iPad Air in its own language is the “power of lightness”.
Ever since its launch on the 22nd of October, the iPad Air is hogging all the limelight and has caught the tech world in a rapt attention. Apple has reduced nearly one centimeter on all sides in the iPad Air and the adjustment with the bezel screen is pretty much the reason for witnessing a remarkable reduction in the weight. But the size is not just what the iPad Air is all about. Its design, a desktop class architecture, dual processing units and many more in-built features have been assimilated together in contributing to the success of the device. Moreover, with the variety of applications that the iPad Air caters to, many may find this tablet as a perfect replacement to this desktop. Let us take a deeper drill looking into what the device has to offer.
- 9.7” LED backlight IPS LCD Touchscreen, a 1536×2048 resolution with 264ppi density and more importantly a scratch-resistant and oleophobic coating.
- WiFi connectivity with MIMO dual antenna technology and LTE connectivity (data only).
- GPS that comes with A-GPS and GLONASS (in cellular model)
- 64-bit dual-core A7 chipset along with M7 motion coprocessor and 1GB RAM.
- PowerVR G6430 quad-core GPU.
- iOS 7 with iCloud support and activation.
- Only 469 grams of weight and 7.5mm thickness.
- Bluetooth 4.0, Lightening USB port, accelerometer, compass and 3-axis gyro sensors
- 5MP auto-focus camera with 1080p video recording @ 30fps.
- Four and Five-finger gestures.
Unboxing the gadget, what you come across is the beautiful slate that lies at the top of the try. Below it, you will find a 12W power adapter and Apple’s Lightning to USB cable. Thus you will get all the usual and conventional Apple’s accessories that you get other Apple devices. You just need to press the power-on button to enter into a whole new world of surprises that is waiting for you inside.
- Design and Display
Initially, taking the device in your hands, you will find a very noticing chance in the new iPad Air as compared to its predecessors. Comparatively, the iPad Air is 1.2mm shorter, 1.9mm thinner and 16.2mm narrower than its previous model. Moreover, the feel on the hands is ultra-light as Apple has introduced a sharp change in its weight by reducing nearly 183g from its predecessor. However, with the aluminum unibody design, Apple has ensured to give the device the necessary and required strength. The design is so unique that the device weighs just one pound and has reduced by a quarter of volume as compared to its previous generation.
Well, you can’t just skip your eyes with the most prominent feature that the iPad Air offers and that is the Retina Display. Adding up over 3.1 million pixels on the 9.7” screen, the Apple iPad Air offers an ultra-clear resolution of 1536×2048 pixels giving users one of the most enhanced viewing experience with the photos, videos as well as reading texts. The bezel adjustment made by Apple is so smart that it will give you a feel of viewing larger even though the size of the Retina screen is the same.
- Faster computing brains with larger battery stamina
Apple brings in the new 64-bit desktop class architecture with the new A7 chipset to its iPad Air. The new A7 chip offers more powerful and robust operation with various apps. With the new chipset, you are bound to get much quicker and faster response for all the operations performed on the screen. The A7 chip also supports OpenGL ES version 3.0 giving you an equivalent level of graphic details and visual effects that you experience on your desktop computers.
Supporting the A7 chip, Apple adds a M7 motion coprocessor. What the M7 does is that it pulls all the data from the accelerometer, compass and gyroscope. This will ensure a smooth functionality with your motion sensing apps that are running on-screen even when your iPad Air experiences some movements. As such, this can be easily handled by the A7 chip. But the inclusion of M7 ensures that all the motion functions are catered at less expense of your battery juice.
Apple has taken good care of its battery performance even on increasing the power. The battery of iPad Air ensures a seamless 10 hours of operation over a variety of functionality like internet browsing over Wi-Fi, viewing videos and many more.
- Enhanced and faster connectivity
With the MIMO dual antenna technology on the iPad Air, the W-Fi operating speed has increased to almost twice than it was earlier. With the dual bands of 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz your download speeds will be as fast as 300Mbps, which is double the data rate of its previous generation.
By adding more LTE bands in the Wi-Fi+Cellular models, your possibility of staying away from the data connectivity is almost nil. Sometimes the LTE bands deliver faster speeds even than a broadband.
In order to support Apple’s much famous FaceTime video calls, the iPad Air offers a FaceTime HD camera that comes with backside illumination sensors with larger pixels. Now your experience with the video calls will be even better.
Additionally, the 5MP iSight camera that comes in the iPad Air, will ensure that every moment of your life turns into a special one. The Retina screen on the front serves to be a good view finder to capture the best shot. Moreover, the image signal processor in the A7 chip works efficiently making large number of adjustments and help you get good quality pictures.
The added beauty to the device are the two microphones on the body. Both the microphones work together to filter noise and focus more on the essential part of the sound by suppressing the unwanted noise.
- iOS7 and a plethora of apps
With the iOS7 on the iPad Air, it’s just like an icing on the cake. Get drowned in the most advanced and new operational features that iOS7 will offer. With the whole upgraded interface in the iOS7, you are surely going to explore new possibilities with your iPad Air. Moreover, Apple has introduced users will a huge pool of apps that run in a swift way on the A7 chip.
Thus, looking at all the features, it seems that the iPad Air and the iPad Mini are pretty similar in terms of their functionality. The iPad Air is available in the markets in two different colors of Space Grey and White and four different storage models of 16/32/64 and 128GB. There is no expandable memory slot in the device and so you ought to be very careful while making the first choice. There are various Smart Cover and Smart Cases available to give your iPad Air a stylish and elegant look.