Apple’s products seem to be getting lighter and thinner with each release.
Weighing in at 453 grams, and just 7.5 millimetres thick, the new iPad Air is 28 per cent lighter and 20 per cent thinner than its predecessors. Apple’s neat new slogan for the iPad Air reflects this: “… you can do so much more. With so much less.”
The question though, is does it justify upgrading from your old iPad?
The new model is twice as fast, has twice the graphics performance and the WiFi is likewise said to be twice as fast as the iPad 4, all for less drain on the battery. (Apple says the battery will last up to 10 hours even though it too has been shrunk to fit into the petite iPad Air.) The new model is eight times faster and has 72 times the graphics performance of the original. That’s all great news for web surfers.
The retina display has been upgraded and FaceTime HD added. The camera sensor has been improved and dual microphones built in.
Fans of Apple will pay for the privilege though. The iPad Air increases in price by $50, to a starting point of $598. The older model, still available, will also cost $20 more.
Touch ID has not been included in this release. Cynics suggest that’s Apple’s way of leaving customers with a reason to upgrade next time. – Alana Scott