The iPad Air (the fifth generation iPad) was announced at Apple’s October 22 Event. In addition to a brand new design for the full-sized iPad (mostly taken from the iPad mini), Apple updated its internal components. This iPad will be available for purchase starting November 1. Here’s a breakdown of the new iPad Air with features, tech specs and what’s included along with rumors for future iPads.
- Retina Display: 9.7 inch display, 2048 x 1536 resolution, 3.1 million pixels (same display as iPad 4 and 3)
- Processors: A7 chip (64-bit architecture, twice as responsive, enables detailed graphics and visual effects that are usually seen on desktop computers and game consoles), M7 coprocessor (measures motion efficiently from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass)
- Battery: 10 hour battery life (same as previous generation iPads)
- Wireless: up to 300 Mbps (megabytes per second) download speed because of 2 antennas (dual band 802.11n WiFi) and MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) technology, more LTE bands to connect in more places
- Camera: front camera (1.2MP camera, 720p HD video), back camera (5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video)
- Sound: dual microphone, dual speakers
- Other Features: iOS 7, iCloud, AirPlay, AirPrint, AirDrop (most of which can be accessed on previous iPad generations)
- Colors: Space Gray/Black and Silver/White
- HxWxD, weight: 9.4″ x 6.6″ x 0.29″, 1lb (WiFi only) and 1.05lb (WiFi + Cellular)
What is in the box?
- iPad Air
- Lightning to USB cable
- USB power adapter
The Future of iPads
Tim Cook has revealed recently that 2014 will be the year that Apple releases new products. They will explore new products categories and be more innovative than ever. Since Apple introduced the iPad 5 as the “iPad Air”, this relates to their Macbook strategy. I believe Apple will introduce a larger iPad and here is three reasons why. First and foremost, as I already mentioned, Tim Cook has already announced that there will be new products next year. Many people are hoping for an iWatch or iCar, but I think Apple is going to design a larger iPad. Second, the iPad “Air”, where “Air” is the keyword, is like the Macbook Air. It is a lighter version of the product. We are also entering a post-PC era and the iPad is currently too small, per se, to replace a laptop. A larger iPad would allow for a customer to easily switch between their Macbook and tablet. Ideally, the customer would have an iMac at home, a portable MacBook Pro for use at work or in a coffee shop (which is limited to places with WiFi), an iPad Pro (my code name for the larger iPad for use virtually anywhere with cellular so they can work anywhere), an iPad Air (for playing games, etc.) and an iPad mini (for reading books). Although customers do not need three iPads, the concept is the same. There’s a desktop computer, laptop and larger tablet for increased portability and accessibility. Finally, rumors have been circulating recently for a larger iPad next year (12.9″ display) and it just makes sense for Apple to release a larger version.