iPad Air: lighter, faster and sharper
The full rundown on Apple’s new slimmer, lighter tablet with a faster processor and improved Retina Display
Apple has updated its iPad range with the first significant redesign of the 9.7in Apple tablet since its launch in 2010 and giving the new model a new name: iPad Air.
The iPad Air is a much thinner and lighter device with a much faster processor, and design-wise it mimics the exterior of the iPad mini, which was launched in last year.
Apple’s new tablet is 20% thinner, with with a slimmer bezel around the high-resolution screen, and a 64-bit processor with M7 co-processor.
For smart movie makers, the interesting spec includes a 5-megapixel iSight camera and FaceTime HD front-facing camera with a 9.7-inch Retina Display and 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, which is same as the iPad 4.
Starting at £399 ($499) and available from 1 November in silver with white and grey with black, the iPad Air runs a 64-bit Apple A7 processor from the iPhone 5S.
The relative benefits of 64-bit processors are unknown on the mobile platform at this stage, but the iPad Air is 8x faster than the first generation iPad, with web browsing and app loading twice as fast as the iPad 4 it is replacing, while still maintaining 10 hours of battery life, writes Samuel Gibbs in the Guardian.
Tim Cook told an Apple launch event in San Francisco on Tuesday that the iPad has sold 170m units to date, while the App Store offers 475,000 iPad apps.
iPad Air: specifications and launch date:
• The iPad air is just 7.5mm thick and weighs 454g, making it the thinnest and lightest full-sized iPad to date.
• Its 64-bit A7X processor has double the performance of the previous generation and adds performance and security benefits, along with potential reductions in complexity of both hardware and software, which should aid reliability.
• It is available in silver with white and grey with black.
• It will cost £399 ($499) and upwards, with the 4G version starting at £499 ($629).
• It will be available from 1 November.
• The iPad 2 will stay in the lineup, selling for £329 ($399).