Apple unveils new thinner, lighter and faster iPad Air
Apple today unveiled iPad Air – the latest generation of iPad that’s thinner, lighter and yet even more powerful than ever.
The new model, which will be available on November 1, still boasts the same 9.7-inch screen but is 43 per cent thinner at just 7.5mm and 72 per cent faster than the original iPad.
iPad Air, which will be priced from $598, has adopted a similar look as the iPad Mini with narrower frames that are 43 per cent thinner on either side of the screen than last year’s model.
Even from the previous iPad model, the latest iPad Air is 20 per cent thinner and has 24 per cent less volume.
iPad Air is also lighter, weighing in at just 469g which is 28 per cent lighter than the fourth generation model.
It is powered by the same A7 64-bit processor which was first introduced with the iPhone 5S for even faster operation and smoother graphics performance.
iPad Air still sports the same dazzling Retina Display and now includes a new touch-rejection algorithm which can recognise if your thumb is touching the screen while you’re holding it or if your intentionally interacting with it.
Under the hood Apple has also made a few changes including two antennas to support MIMO (multiple-input, multiple output) for up to twice the wi-fi performance with 802.11n.
Apple has also added even more 4G/LTE (long-term evolution) bands to support even more networks around the world.
Apple today also introduced updates to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with the latest fourth generation Intel quad core processors and faster 802.11ac wireless connectivity.
One thing Apple has NOT added to the new iPad Air is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that is now seen with iPhone 5S.
The iPad Air goes on sale on November 1 and is priced at $598 (16GB wi-fi), $749 (16GB wi-fi + cellular) $699 (32GB wi-fi), $849 (32GB wi-fi + cellular), $799 (64GB), $949 (64GB wi-fi + cellular), $899 (128GB) and $1049 (128GB wi-fi + cellular).