As we expected, Apple brought in iPad Mini’s design into the larger tablet by making it thinner and lighter – named it iPad Air instead of traditional numbered name – iPad 5. Along with the iPad Air, the company also introduced the upgraded iPad Mini with Retina Display.
There are many smaller improvements in hardware of both the new iPads with Retina Display released at an event held in California, US on Tuesday. The company also released improved MacBook Pro laptops as well as OS X Mavericks as a free operating system.
By learning from the mistake made by releasing namesake-cheap iPhone 5c smartphone for the first time, Apple didn’t want to move into the non-premium tablets market.
Apple said that the 9.7-inch iPad Air is 28% lighter, 20% thinner and has 43% smaller bezels than its predecessor – iPad 4, which is now stopped by the company and the curiosity is Apple still selling the earlier version of the iPads (retained 2 years old iPad 2). Apple claimed that the iPad Air is the thinnest full-sized tablet in the world as it weighs just 1 pound and with 7.5mm thickness. The tablet comes with the same 64-bit A7 processor as well as M7 motion co-processor for camera, which were first introduced in latest iPhone 5s. The opening of files and graphics performance is said to be twice as fast as previous iPad 4 model, while retaining the same 10-hours battery performance.
Although analysts and experts expected an 8-megapixel camera, the company introduced a 5-megapixel iSight camera in rear with 1.2-megapixel HD front camera for Facetime with backside illumination sensors for low-light capturing. Operating system is iOS 7 with redesigned search, notifications and control centre, which has got mixed response from iPhone users.
Apple iPad Air Price and Availability:
Apple iPad Air will be in stores from November 1st onwards and available in 2 color options – Space Grey and Silver. The iPad Air WiFi variants are priced at $499, $599, $699 and $799 for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage space respectively. Any of these tablets with Wi-Fi + 4G option will fetch another $130 from each tablet. New iPad Air cover showcased is priced at $69.
Retina iPad Mini:
Apple also introduced the new Retina display’d iPad Mini with few more internal upgrade ad more features. The 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution has improved almost twice from its previous model within the same 7.9-inc display screen. Previous model’s A5 Processor also upgraded to 64-bit A7 chipset. Similar to iPad Air, the new Retina iPad Mini also comes with the same 5MP rear iSight camera with 1.2MP front camera.
Retina iPad Mini Price and Availability:
The 16GB Retina iPad Mini with Wi-Fi is priced at $399, whereas the WiFi + 4G model costs $529. Similarly Retina iPad Mini with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage space is priced at $499, $599 and $699 respectively and additional $130 for Wi-Fi + 4G models. New iPad Mini cover is priced at $79. The company has slashed the last year’s iPad Mini’s price by $30 – from $329 to $299.
Check the iPad Air video below to know more about the new tablet: