Announcements about new Apple products are big news. Yesterday’s Apple event was no different, with reveals about the new iPad Air and new iPad Mini with Retina display. Within minutes, the Internet was buzzing with thoughts on these new tablets.
The iPad Air weighs one pound and is 28% lighter and 20% thinner than the most recent iPad. The new A7 chip gives it up to two times faster CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor — without sacrificing battery life. The camera technology has been completely updated. It is available to order online now and it will be in Apple Retail Stores on November 1. Prices begin at $499. The new iPad Mini with Retina display won’t be available until later in November so I will cover that at a later date.
Since I was not at the iPad announcement event and I have not seen or held the new iPad Air live, I’ve found a few quotes from the experts at other tech blog or new sites:
“For the first time since the iPad 2, we’re seeing a brand new design for the iPad (fifth generation). The new iPad sports the same 9.7-inch display as all of its predecessors, but with an updated shape following the design language of the iPad mini. It weighs just one pound, making it the lightest full size tablet in the world.” – TechCrunch
“To bring it into line with the new iPhone 5s, the colours have changed, too, with the smart black and Space Grey now an option, in addition to white and silver. It’s certainly a more attractive design than the old iPad, but what’s most noticeable when you pick it up for the first time, is how much lighter the iPad Air is compared to its predecessor.” – PC Pro
“The 9.7-inch, one-pound, 7.5mm-thick device feels much better in one hand than it used to, though it’s certainly not as portable as the iPad mini — which now has a 2048 x 1536 screen to match the Air’s as well. Along with the new A7 processor and a handful of under-the-hood improvements, this is just about the upgrade we expected, but more than ever the iPad Air feels like you’re just holding a big screen full of the internet. That’s probably a good thing.” – The Verge
I have a feeling that the iPad Air and the new iPad Mini with Retina display will be at the top of everybody’s gift lists this year. How does the iPad Air sound to you?