side view of apples new ipad air
/ By Jonathan Hawkins / iPadTablets / 0 Comments

Hot on the heels of Apple’s iPhone 5c and 5s release, the iPad Air races in the day after Halloween. Possibly Apple’s biggest design overhaul this year, the iPad Air is slimmer, lighter, and faster than previous generations, featuring an updated, iPad mini-esque body style. Prices start at $499.


Mirroring the body style of the iPad mini, and weighing only 1/4 lb. more at 1 lb., the iPad Air is 20% thinner than the iPad 4, with a bezel that’s 43% narrower. Much of the weight was lost by switching from the standard 43 WHz, three-cell battery for a 33WHr, two-cell battery.

Losing almost half a pound has made the iPad Air much easier to operate single-handedly, and the unibody aluminum shell facilitates this with its textured feel, a la the iPad mini, allowing for a better grip than its smooth-backed predecessors. Available in either grey/black or silver/white, there was no mention of a much-discussed gold option.


Running iOS 7, the iPad Air was born with Apple’s A7 dual-core CPU, just like the iPhone 5s, but the iPad Air runs at 1.4 GHz, which is 100 MHz faster than the 5S. The A7 chip has the iPad Air clocking speeds that are twice as fast as the iPad 4, and five times faster than the iPad 2

Equipped with dual microphones for enhanced audio capture for videos and Siri, the iPad Air has also been stuffed with 4G LTE-compatible antennas, capable of supporting wifi speeds of 300 mbps.


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