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. 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.
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.
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.