Apple has launched iPad 5, but the new tablet is named iPad Air because of its lighter weight and smaller size compared to the iPad 4. Fans have been keeping their fingers crossed for a long time, but the new iPad is out and here are its main specifications.
Design is considered the USP of the new iPad. It is a surprise how Apple has been able to slim things down. The bezel size has been reduced, and the tablet now measures 9.7 inches, and the overall dimensions are 169.5 mm x 240 mm. The iPad Air is 1.5mm slimmer than the iPad 4, at just 7.5mm.
When it comes to weight, the device has been trimmed down to 469g against the 652g of its predecessor. One of the main reasons for this massive weight cut of 183g is because of the use of a smaller battery.
The screen size and resolution has been retained as in the case of iPad 4. The 9.7-inch multi-touch, LED-backlit IPS display in iPad 4 was considered one of the best in its class, and Apple has been the wiser in not making any changes to it. The resolution specs are 2048 x 1536 pixels with 264 ppi which makes it a Retina Display.
The Touch ID fingerprint scanner was introduced in the iPhone 5S. Apple has carried forward the innovative feature in the iPad Air. It’s currently limited to unlocking purchases on the iTunes and iPhone, it’s expected to be extended to more apps and purchases.
Processor and Storage
The iPad Air has the same processor from the iPhone 5S – the A7 SoC. The dual-core CPU is the first 64-bit mobile processor in the industry and one of the fastest too. Apple continues to offer iPad 4’s legacy when it comes to memory configurations. The iPad Air is available in four storage specifications – 16/32/64/128GB.
Apple has retained the same camera as in the iPad 4, a 5-MP sensor. Fans would have at least expected an 8-MP sensor as in the case of the iPhone 5. There may be some sense in the point that while smart phones are used for photography, tablets are not that prolifically used for this purpose.