All-New Design: A ton of advanced technology. Less than half a kilo. You have to hold iPad Air to believe it. It's just 7.5 millimetres thin and weighs less than half a kilo. The stunning Retina display sits inside thinner bezels, so all you see is your content. And an incredible amount of power lies inside the sleek enclosure. So you can do so much more. With so much less.
A7 Chip: Desktop-class architecture. No desktop required. The new A7 chip in iPad Air was designed with 64-bit architecture. It delivers killer performance - up to two times faster CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor - without sacrificing battery life. So you get incredible power in a device you can take with you wherever you go.
Advanced Wireless: Do more in more places. iPad Air keeps you connected faster than ever. In more locations than ever. Using two antennas instead of one and MIMO technology, iPad Air delivers up to twice the Wi‑Fi performance of its predecessor. And the Wi‑Fi + Cellular model supports more networks than ever, so you can make quick, easy connections the world over.
Powerful Apps: It comes ready to work and play. iPad apps are like no other. Because they're designed just for iPad, they look amazing and use every pixel of the beautiful display. iPad Air comes with great built-in apps for the everyday things you do, like checking email and surfing the web. To help you be even more creative and productive, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote are now available for free. And over 475,000 other incredible iPad apps are just a tap away in the App Store. With apps like these, iPad Air can do just about anything - which means you can too.
iPad Air and iOS 7: Beautiful Design, Beautifully Integrated. iOS 7 was designed to take advantage of 64-bit architecture. So it's every bit as advanced as the iPad Air it runs on. And with new features like smarter multitasking, Control Centre and AirDrop, iOS 7 makes the experience of using iPad Air even more beautiful and simple. Because iOS 7 and iPad Air weren't just designed to work together, they were designed to enhance one another.
John RyanHALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 25 May 2014
This is a stunning piece of modern design. Remarkably light, thin and very fast indeed. But is it the best iPad version for you? Read on to find out…..
Why all the fuss? ----------------------- I used to own a laptop for work, and (very occasionally), it'd sit on my lap on the sofa, and I'd use it for pleasure (eMail, watching films or playing the odd game). Then I bought my first iPad, and the laptop became redundant, a boring "work device". Hard to explain, but the fact the iPad is so small and light, and you navigate around with your finger by pointing and gently swiping the screen makes the whole experience a lot easier - a lot more fun.
It's incredibly simple and easy to use (it only has one main button), and everyone from my one year old granddaughter to my 85 year old dad have taken to without problems. It's size and shape also support using it like a book (literally to read a book or web page), but you can also watch TV and films.
Personally I'm also paranoid about my password getting "hacked", and someone running up a huge Amazon bill or buying stuff with my credit card on eBay. Well one of the benefits of the iPad (and iPhone) is it's "almost impossible" to get a virus - one of the most common ways to get hacked. This doesn't mean you shouldn't use strong passwords, (both Sony and Adobe got hacked), but it's reassuring to leave the Windows world behind.
Finally, I love the way these devices (iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Apple Mac), increasingly work together. The fact you can start a Pages document on your Mac and edit it on your iPad, or take photos on the iPhone, and in seconds see them on the iPad or Mac and display them on the Apple TV.
Apple really know how to work an audience thanks to their marketing hype and by limiting supplies at launch date. Thankfully they are now readily available and prices are creeping down. I am no Apple iOS diehard fan. In fact I have several android tablets (including the Nexus 7, which I love). Yet there's no denying that the iPad has revolutionised the computer industry by triggering the tablet era.
This review focuses solely on the iPad Air.
Having owned two other iPads: iPad 1 and iPad 3, I am no novice to the iPad, and have followed the incremental upgrades since it was first introduced .... just 4 years ago! When my iPad Air finally arrived (had mine on pre-order for several months) I thought that the store had made a mistake and got me the iPad mini instead! I opened the usual premium Apple packaging and was greeted by a lovely, super slim and lightweight gem of a tablet. The side bezels are so much thinner too, no wonder it could be mistaken for a Mini. This is no incremental upgrade, but a total redesign around the existing iPad 4 screen. (albeit screen offers better viewing angles)
It really is a pity that I had to buy a protective case, which covers the beautifully crafted aluminium body. Yet it means that your investment will still look like new for years.
------------------------------------------ Case options: Skip this part if not interested.
When it comes to cases there is quite a choice. I call these necessary evils, yet one should not skimp on a quality case offering the best protection possible.
I have the original Apple, Invision and the Veo cases for the iPad Air. I cannot comment on cases I do not own which might prove to be actually better. They weigh 148.7g, 208.5g and 230.Read more ›
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