Posted: 23 October, 2013
by News Team
Apple Introduces The iPad Air
Here they are. The main talking point? We all thought it would be dubbed the iPad 5; instead they followed the MacBook trend and called it the iPad Air.
The most likely reason for the name is the fact that the 5th generation tablet now weighs just 1 pound and is just 7.5mm in thickness. The bezel around the screen has also reduced in size. In so many aspects, the iPad Air is sharper, cleaner and more refined. It’s streamlined.
That, however, was the most surprising aspect of the whole event.
NO TOUCH ID IN EITHER THE AIR OR THE MINI
Much like the iPhone 5S that launched early last month and as many in the industry predicted, it comes packed with a 64-bit A7 processor, an M7 co-processor, a CPU that works 8 times as fast as the 4th gen, a 5-megapixel iSight camera, dual microphones, and a new ‘FaceTime HD’ forward-facing camera. The real surprise, though, is that Touch ID isn’t incorporated into the Air as many have assumed since September 10th.
We’ll also get some more colours on the iPad, with Apple launching Silver and Space Grey versions alongside the traditional black & white. No gold though.
Moving onto the 2nd-generation iPad Mini. There wasn’t a great deal more to talk about here either; it’s simply putting it in line with the rest of its products. It does, however, come with a magnificent retina display for the first time. Like the Air, no Touch ID here, oddly enough.
iPad Air prices start at $598 (almost $100 more than in the US) for a 16GB Wi-Fi model and while go on sale on November 1st while the Mini starts at $498 for the same specs and comes “later in November” according to Apple.