iPad Air: Thinner and Lighter

Apple’s newest iPad, iPad Air is 28% lighter and 20% thinner compared to iPad 4. It’s amazing how Apple reduced the physical dimensions of the iPad while retaining its battery life and increasing its power.

Just like iPhone 5S, iPad Air uses a 64-bit A7 chip that is so efficient enabling it to take on a thinner and lighter body. But don’t worry, despite its thinness, iPad Air was dropped in a video but its retina display didn’t even blink.

iPad Air Performance

iPad Air 3DThe 64-bit chip inside iPad Air doesn’t just reduce its physical dimensions, it also increases its performance just as 64-bit chips do with desktop computers. Playing high definition 3D games is so smooth with the iPad Air that you can even make 3D models on it.

There’s also an additional M7 coprocessor which will gather data from iPad Air’s different sensors to make apps give you a better experience.

For the battery life, iPad Air still retains its 10 hours of battery life. No problem with that one.

iPad Air Retina Display and Camera

iPad Air CameraWith thinner bezels, iPad Air will give you more screen size at a lesser body size. iPad Air’s retina display measures 9.7 inches and has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels! That’s 3.1 million pixels overall or 264 pixels per inch.

Both the 1.2MP front camera and 5MP iSight camera at the back has been greatly improved with the use of next generation backside illuminated sensors.

Apple boasts the automatic adjustment that the A7 chip does to create high quality photos without the user thinking what settings to use.

iPad Air Networks and Connectivity

“iPad Air is the first iOS device to support MIMO”, Apple’s Senior VP for Hardware Engineering said in iPad Air’s video. MIMO is the use of multiple antennas to increase data transfer on wireless networks such as WiFi.

Both the WiFi only and Cellular version of iPad Air supports Bluetooth 4.0. More importantly, iPad Air also supports 14 LTE bands including the one used by Smart and Globe.

iPad Air Official Specs

  • 64-Bit A7 Processor with M7 Coprocessor
  • 9.7 Inch Retina Display at 2048 x 1536 Pixel Resolution or 264 PPI
  • iOS7 Processor
  • 5MP Autofocus f/2.4 iSight Camera with BSI Sensor
  • 1.2MP Front Camera with BSI Sensor
  • 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm
  • 469 grams
  • 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB Internal Storage
  • Dual Channel WiFi with MIMO
  • 4G LTE, 3G, EDGE, GPRS and GSM Cellular Networks
  • Single Sim (nano)
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Digital Compass
  • GPS with Assisted GPS Support
  • Video out to Apple TV
  • 32.4 Watt Li-Po Battery

iPad Air Price and Availability

iPad Air will be available in two colors: silver and space gray. Gold iPhone 5S fans, sorry. It will also have the WiFi only version and the WiFi with cellular version.
The cheapest iPad Air is the WiFi only version with 16GB of internal storage only. It sells for $499 or ₱21,500.
Of course, expect a slightly higher price when iPad Air becomes available through the different online stores in the country.