I don’t often get up early specifically to get an Apple device on launch day, but today I couldn’t resist. Waking up at 4am, I drove with a friend across to our nearest Apple store around an hour’s drive East. Thankfully, hype was nothing compared to an iPhone launch and I managed to be 7th in line. We were fed free donuts and coffee to get us through the couple of hours waiting. I have to say, there’s something about the experience of being there on launch day. Sure, I’d love to have just been able to pre-order and have it delivered for convenience. But, I was there, I had fun and I picked up an iPad Air having gone through the traditional Apple Store initiation of High-Fives from every store employee.
Having got it home, I unboxed it, and had my first look at the brand new Retina-equipped iPad Air. I have to say, it’s a hugely different experience to the one I remember from the 3rd generation iPad. The Air is noticeably thinner and lighter, and from just the first few minutes playing, it seems more zippy too. What’s surprising is just how thin it is. It’s 7.5mm, that’s thinner than an iPhone 5/5s, and the same thickness as the iPad mini. For a device that holds a much larger display and needs more power to keep it going, that’s no mean feat. I’ll have much more coverage for you as time goes on here on TiP. Early signs, however, are very good indeed.