The curtain has recently been drawn back to reveal Apple’s brand new iPad Air. It’s the thinnest, fastest and sleekest-looking tablet yet to be released by the tech giant from Cupertino.
The new iPad has undergone some major surgery and gives the user plenty to do. It’s a whopping 20% thinner than the previous generation and Apple have cut down the bezel (the rim of the screen) by 43% to give it that sexier look compared the old generations.
The best thing about the new iPad Air is that you forget you’re holding it, according to Apple. It’s been put on a serious diet, somehow weighing only a staggering 469 grams. That’s the weight of a small bag of sugar, but it’s got all of the usual goodness inside to keep users occupied for hours on end.
The Daily Star had its priorities right, cheerfully describing the iPad Air as “thinner, faster and weighing less than a bottle of beer”, although we’re not sure about the processing speed of lager.
In my opinion the groundbreaking design, as well as its ability to comfortably fit into the palm of a user’s hand, means that Apple have taken one step closer to their goal of shrinking tablets down without compromising usability.
Now, you might be thinking that, with nearly 50% of the bezel gone compared to the older generation iPad, the screen would be smaller and wouldn’t give you the great resolution you’re looking for, but hold on. The iPad Air retains its crisp 9.7 inch display, and they’ve managed to pack in more pixels so you can rely on getting the best possible picture. Whether it’s watching a film, playing a game or flicking through old pictures, I’m astonished at how something so small can pack such a punch.
Everyone wants to move faster, and Apple’s new A7 chip provides the Air with twice the 3D-rendering power and 72 times the graphic performance of the original iPad. Now that’s a lot of power in the palm of your hand.
One of the more controversial things Apple have done while changing the old to the new is introducing TouchID. This is a fingerprint sensor on the home button that allows users to log in to their iPad with just the touch of a finger. Not everyone loved it on the iPhone 5, but if you’re one of those people who find it difficult to input a 4-digit code, you might find that the Air is perfect for you.
The new dual WIMO antenna promises twice the data speed over Wi-Fi channels than the past generation, so if you’re tired of waiting for the episode of Game of Thrones to buffer, the Air will do it faster.
Everyone’s been in one of those situations where their device is on low battery with no power point in sight. Fortunately, Apple have packed an impressive 10-hour lifespan into the new, smaller and lighter batteries, so it’s easier to get the most out of your new iPad.
The iPad Air came out on the 1st November in UK stores. It comes in 2 different colours and different memory sizes ranging from petty 16GB to the substantial 128GB.
Essentially, the iPad Air represents a huge transformation from the old generation to the new one. Pretty much everything has been overhauled inside and out, from a thinner casing to a faster chip. To be honest, you’d wonder what Apple can pull out of the bag for their next trick.