Apple launched two new versions of its iPads: The iPad Air, which replaces the fourth generation iPad, is a thinner and lighter tablet. The iPad mini also got an upgrade and now comes with a Retina Display screen. iPad Air and the new iPad mini with Retina Display, will come in Space Grey, White, Black, Silver colours.
Here’s a look at key specs of both the tablets:
The iPad Air: The iPad Air still has the 9.7-inch screen (diagonally) but is considerably thinner and lighter than the iPad 4. In fact, if Apple’s ad is to be believed it is thinner than a pencil. The iPad Air weighs only one pound (which is 0.45 kg), and according to Apple, this is the lightest full-sized tablet in the market. The screen resolution is still the same at 264 pixels per inch.
Apple has also reduced the bezel on the side (it’s apparently 43 percent narrower than the previous version), the iPad Air is only 7.5 mm thin, much less than the iPad 4 which was 9.4 mm in thickness.
The iPad Air also comes with the new A7 chip like the iPhone 5s, and Apple says that the tablet is eight times faster than before. The chip is 64-bit which allows for faster processing. The chip, while faster will only make a significant difference when developers make more 64-bit apps.
Like the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air has the M7 motion co-processor. Where graphics are concerned, the iPad Air is 72 times faster than the original iPad in GPU performance, according to Apple. Apple has kept the camera at 5 megapixels and a 1.2 megapixel front camera.
As far as Wi-Fi is concerned, the iPad Air has MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) wireless technology which uses multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver for better connectivity. However the iPad Air is still using the 802.11n standard, and not the latest Wi-Fi 802.11n ac version.
The iPad Air will begin shipping on 1 November. India is not on the list of countries where the iPad will roll out in the first phase. The iPad starts at $499 for 16 GB Wi-Fi only model and $629 for the Wi-Fi plus cellular model.
The iPad mini with Retina Display: A year after the launch of the iPad mini, Apple has upgraded the 7.9-inch tablet’s screen to Retina Display quality. The screen resolution is now 2048×1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi) which is way better than the previous version which had a 163 ppi screen resolution.
The iPad mini with Retina Display also has the A7 chip, M7 co-processor. The camera is still the same at 5 megapixels but the mini now has an improved 1.2 megapixel camera for FaceTime on the front. The iPad Mini with Retina will sell for $399 for the 16GB WiFi model. Wi-Fi plus cellular connectivity is $529. iPad mini with Retina display goes on sale in November end.