Apple has just released Tuesday, 10/11/13, a new iPad to the family of iPads – the iPad Air. Why is it called the iPad Air? The iPad Air is only 7.5 mm (millimeters) thin and only weighs 1 pound (16 oz.), being the “thinnest, lightest, and also the most advanced iPad we’ve (Apple Inc.) ever built" (Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design). The new iPad Air also comes with a 9.7 inch (24.638 cm) Retina display. It may be light on weight, but not on features.
As with any of the new devices Apple comes out with, it has to be better than its successor. iPad Air definitely does that with the new A7 chip. The new A7 chip is the fastest processor that Apple has to offer in any of its iOS devices. Apple has also put in the smallest battery of any iPad – without taking away from the battery life – up to 10 hours.
The new iPad Air also has improved cameras on both the front and back of the device. With a 5MP camera on the back and a 1.2MP camera on the front, you’ll have clear, crisp images you can keep a lifetime – or more! Along with all of these hardware changes to the new iPad Air, there are software changes as well. Along with iOS 7, Apple has released some of their apps that are usually pay-for apps, for free. With iMovie, you can create and edit your own movies. With iPhoto, you can arrange your photos into collections, edit them, share them, and print all of your favorite family photos. With GarageBand, you can do many things such as learn how to play an instrument, make music, and mix music to make that one-of-a-kind song.
The new iPad Air isn't available quite yet, unfortunately. The new iPad is available from Apple Retail Stores starting November 1, 2013 for $499.