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Apple’s iPad Air : Blows the Competition away

By Surajkumar Harikumar on Wednesday 23rd of Oct 2013

Live at the Frisco event, Apple has just announced its latest game changing tablet, the iPad air. Over the past 3 years, over 170 million iPads have sold, and Apple claims an 81% market share. One point we can agree on, is that nearly all the 475,000 apps for the iPad are stunning, and tablet-optimized. After 3 generations of iPads, it’s ready for a facelift, paving way to the iPad Air.

The iPad Air is quite literally the Ultrabook of tablets

The iPad Air is quite literally the Ultrabook of tablets. It weighs in at an unbelievable 1 pound ( 450 grams ), and is just 7.5 mm thin. It packs a 9.7-inch retina display, quite standard for the iPads, but a drastic difference is the near non-existent bezels on the sides of the device.

ipad air

The iPad Air comes with the A7 chip that made its way onto the iPhone 5S, and was the first 64-bit mobile processor. Featuring over 1 billion transistors ( with a ‘b’), and an M7 motion co-processor, it is certainly a speed demon. The iPad Air is 8x faster than the original iPad, and has 72x the Graphics performance, and its WiFi 802.11n ( with MIMO ) is 2x faster than its predecessors. The A7 64-bit processor carries with it promises of better battery, improved performance, and is half-the reason Apple were able to make the device so small and yet so powerful.

The iPad Air comes with the A7 chip, WiFi 802.11n and starts at $499.

Other specs include a 5 MP iSight camer, 1080p HD video for all your FaceTime requirements, retina display, and dual-microphones which is quite new. The folks at Apple claim a 10-hour battery life.  The iPad Air comes in Silver White, Space Grey, and Black. The iPad Air is priced at a cool $499 for the 16 GB WiFi version, and $629 for the cellular version, which is about the same as the previous iPad ( iPad 2 is still retailing at $399 ) . This parallel iPad Air line bears great promise in terms of development and shows Apple is treating the mobile segment as seriously as the Laptops.

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