Apple has just unveiled the 5th generation iPad here at the Apple Event today and it comes with a brand new name, iPad Air. Apple claims the iPad Air to be the most advanced iPad till date which is pretty obvious considering its the latest iPad, heh.
All the rumors surrounding the latest gen iPad were mostly true and as rumored the new iPad Air comes with the first major redesign of the iPad since the Tablet was first unveiled in 2010. The new iPad Air looks similar in design to the new iPad with narrower bezels which are now shrunk by 40 % compared to the last gen iPad. The waistline and heft has been decreased as well. The iPad Air measures just 7.5 mm thick and weighs just 469 grams making it the lightest Tablet at this screen size.
Coming to the specs, the iPad Air features the same 9.7-inch Retina Display (2048×1536) which is not a bad thing, it still looks gorgeous. the specs bump comes with the new iPad having the same 64-bit A7 chip the iPhone 5s had and it is backed by the M7 co-processor. The new iPad is twice faster than its predecessor, be it processing power or graphics. The battery remain seems unaffected and remains at the same 10 hours. Sadly there’s no TouchID.
The rear of the Tablet features the same 5 MP iSight camera although the front facing Facetime HD camera has been improved with better Backside Illumination and larger pixels for more light in your selfies and video chats. The iPad Air features dual microphones as well.
The iPad Air comes with the latest iOS version, iOS 7 which brings quite some good and some bad as well and the best thing about getting an iPad is there are almost 4,75,000 apps optimized for the bigger screen at the App Store.
The iPad Air starts at $499 for the base WiFi model and 16GB storage. The 32, 64 and 128GB models cost $599, $699, and $799 respectively. The 4G LTE model starts at $629. It comes in the space gray and black options, no Gold here. We can expect the iPad Air to hit stores starting November in the US while we have to wait for Apple to tell us about the roll out in other parts of the world.