iPad Air Announced, Released Date Set for November 1
Apple has announced the all new iPad, and rather than naming it iPad 5, it has been renamed to iPad Air. Featuring a thinner screen bezel, a 20% thinner unibody aluminum enclosure, and as the iPad Air name suggests, it’s quite a bit lighter in weight tipping in at barely one pound.
iPad Air Specs
- 9.7″ Retina display
- A7 64 bit CPU
- M7 motion processor
- 5MP iSight camera
- 1080p HD video
- FaceTime HD camera
- Dual microphones
- 10 hour battery life
- 802.11n MIMO Wi-Fi, optional LTE model
- 1lbs weight
iPad Air is available in two different color options, a silver and white option, or a space grey and black model.
iPad Air Pricing
iPad Air pricing is consistent with prior iPad models:
- 16GB Wi-Fi model – $499
- 16GB LTE model – $629
- 32GB – $599
- 64GB – $699
All models will be available in an optional LTE version for an additional $129.
iPad Air Release Date Set for November 1
The iPad Air will be released on November 1 in a wide variety of countries, including the USA, much of Europe, and China.
Also still in the line up is the iPad 2, available at $399, but it would be hard to recommend for most uses. The difference in performance specs is so considerable between the older iPad 2 model and the iPad Air that just about everyone should opt for the iPad Air model, which will not only have a much longer shelf life, but also significantly improved performance. Also available starting at $399 is the all new iPad Mini Retina, which features much of the same hardware as the full sized iPad Air, but with a smaller display and enclosure.
What will happen to this thin and weak iPad if you drop it onto the floor? Did anyone test that?