Apple on Tuesday introduced the first major redesign of its popular full-sized iPad media tablet. The new iPad Air with 9.7” display is smaller, lighter, thinner, but at the same time considerably more powerful than the fourth-generation iPad thanks to the latest Apple A7 application processor.
“iPad created an entirely new mobile computing experience, and the new iPad Air is another big leap ahead. It is so thin, light and powerful, once you hold one in your hand you will understand what a tremendous advancement this is. iPad Air with its 9.7” retina display weighs just one pound and packs the incredible performance of iOS 7 running on a 64-bit desktop-class Apple A7 chip, and delivers all-day battery life in the lightest full-sized tablet in the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20% thinner (at 7.5mm) and 28% lighter (469 grams – 478 grams) than the fourth generation iPad, and with a 43% narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner. The new Apple iPad Air is based on A7, the same system-on-chip found in the latest iPhone 5s smartphones. Just like the previous-gen iPad, the iPad Air features 9.7” retina-class display with 2048*1536 resolution.
Apple iPad Air is based on Apple A7 system-on-chip that features two custom-designed 64-bit general-purpose processing cores called Cyclone compatible with ARMv8 architecture, powerful Imagination PowerVR series 6 “Rogue” graphics engine with OpenGL ES 3.0 support, 1MB of L2 cache and so on. The chip contains over a billion of transistors and is believed to be made by Samsung Semiconductor using 28nm process technology. The new iPad Air also features the M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency.
The new iPad Air features 802.11a/b/g/n/ Wi-Fi with two antennas to support multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) technology, bringing twice the Wi-Fi performance at data rate up to 300Mb/s. Cellular models also come with expanded 4G/LTE coverage to accommodate even more LTE networks worldwide, while continuing to deliver comprehensive support for other fast cellular technology around the world (DC-HSDPA, HSPA+).
The iPad Air have a new generation 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera with improved backside illumination sensors featuring larger pixels for better low-light performance. The iSight camera with 5MP sensor and advanced optics, combined with iOS 7 and the image signal processing of A7, further improves still image and video capture on iPad. The fifth-generation full-size iPad also sports proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital
Apple iPad Air with Wi-Fi models will be available in silver or space gray starting on Friday, November 1, for a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model and $799 for the 128GB model. iPad Air with Wi-Fi + 4G/LTE Cellular will be available starting on Friday, November 1 for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model, $829 for the 64GB model and $929 for the 128GB model.