What better way to celebrate the launch of the new and slim iPad 5th generation than with a new name; meet the iPad Air.
iPad Air design and features
On first look, the new design of the iPad Air looks great, and there are clear similarities to what we have seen with the iPad Mini in terms of the treatment of the edges etc. Visually, that might be what you first notice, but the main design differences lies in the size of the iPad Air itself. Somehow they have been able to trim off almost 2mm, reducing the thickness to a mere 7.5mm. Apple has also reduced the weight down to less than 0.5kg, which is significantly lighter than the iPad 4, making the iPad Air even easier to hold in your hand. The bezel on the iPad Air has also been reduced by 43%, which is clearly a visible change when comparing it with the iPad 4. If you are worried about holding it with the thinner bezel, a clever touch-rejection algorithm ensures that even if your thumb rests on the screen when holding it, the iPad Air does not recognize it as any command. New smartcovers also helps bring out the color side of the device that is naturally available in either white/silver or black/space grey.
Some of the design features would not have been achievable if it was not for the technical specifications and updates of the iPad Air, such as the new A7 chip, that brings 64-bit desktop grade architecture to the iPad Air. Twice the CPU speed and GPU performance means that you are handling a very fast device with an impressive graphic performance. This also ensures that you can get the same 10-hour or so battery operating time out of the iPad Air.
Wireless performance has also been improved with dual antennas and MIMO (multiple-input-multiple-output) technology, allowing for up to 300Mbps download speeds over WiFi. The iPad Air also supports more LTE networks, making it a truly global iPad.
At the back of the iPad Air you will find a 5MP iSight camera that supports 1080P HD video, while at the front is the Facetime HD camera. Dual microphones ensures better quality sound, both for video recording as well as for Facetime calls.
Another great feature is the fact that with a new purchase you now get iWork for free, including Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. All these apps have been updated to go along with these latest devices, including some great new features that we will come back with more information on.
iPad Air price and release date
The iPad Air goes on sale in both the UK and USA, as well as a lot of other countries around the world, on the 1st November. It’s available in both White/Silver or Black/Space Grey finish, and the following models:
- iPad Air 16GB WiFi – £399 / $499
- iPad Air 16GB WiFi + Cellular – £499 / $629
- iPad Air 32GB WiFi – £479 / $599
- iPad Air 32GB WiFi + Cellular – £579 / $729
- iPad Air 64GB WiFi – £559 / $699
- iPad Air 64GB WiFi + Cellular – £659 / $829
- iPad Air 128GB WiFi – £639 / $799
- iPad Air 128GB WiFi + Cellular – £739 / $929
We will be updating this page with any deals and where to buy the new iPad Air in the coming weeks.
About a month after Apple announced their iPad trade-in program for retail stores in the US and Canada it looks like the program has found its way across the pond to Europe, including us here in the UK. According to the information you should now be able to trade in your iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Mini at Apple stores in exchange for a newer model iOS device.
While I’m yet to test some of the biggest rivals for the Belkin QODE Ultimate, I’m very happy with this one. As someone that does a lot of typing, having a physical keyboard with the iPad Air just allows me to travel a lot lighter, not having to bring both a macbook and the iPad when out and about. Good functionality, splim profile, responsive keyboard, and great battery life (used for a month and yet to charge) makes the Belkin QODE Ultimate for iPad Air a winner in my book.
Somehow it does not come as a surprise that Apple might be working on a Pro version of the iPad, just like they have done with the MacBook range. The latest rumours are that Apple is testing different screen technologies to go with the IPad Pro, including so a called 4k screens with a resolution around 3840×2160.
The fireworks might have been left for later, but this morning Apple started selling the new iPad Mini Retina through their stores and online here in the UK. It is expected that the iPad Mini Retina will be a big seller this Christmas, so it could be a good idea to get your orders in early.
Apple has concluded quite the busy keynote tonight, an event that included plenty of information about the latest Maverick OS update, new iLife and iWork apps, new Macbook Pros, and the impressive Mac Pro. But stealing the show was the new iPad Air (5th generation iPad), followed by the new Retina iPad Mini.