Apple today announced what we thought was going to be the 5th generation iPad. For most of the time we’ve known it as iPad 5. Or iPad with Retina. Instead, Apple went with its MacBook naming scheme and scrapped the confusion by calling it ‘iPad Air’. So, now we have iPad 2, iPad Air and iPad mini.
Air took me aback for a while, until I saw why. It’s so much thinner and lighter than the last iPad that it’s going to provide a radically different experience. The bezels are 43% thinner than any other iPad before it. It’s the “lightest full-size tablet in the world”. It weighs only 1 pound. It’ll be available in white/silver and black/space gray.
Specs-wise, we’re looking at a device hosting a64-bit A7 chip which should make it twice as fast as the iPad 4 in every way. Wether your gaming, or creating media content, you’ll notice the speed jump. It’s not just the processor that makes it faster, it’s faster in terms of Wi-Fi too having been equipped with the new multi-band MiMo wireless technology. Like the iPhone 5s, it has a co-processor for motion dubbed the M7.
It has a 5MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video capture, and you’ll be able to make better quality FaceTime calls too. And, it has the same 10 hour battery life that’s been the mainstay feature of iPad since 2010.
iPad Air will hit store shelves on November 1st and cost $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model. Cellular models start at $529 as always. All the storage options and prices remain the same as the last generation.