If you wondered how many iPads must have Apple sold so far? Apple’s Phil Schiller had the answer on stage at the company’s media event at San Francisco today. 170 millions. Having neatly sold this phenomenal numbers in just over three years, Apple today unveiled its fourth generation iPad with a new moniker, iPad Air and the air got thinner and lighter than ever.
The new iPad Air is 28% lighter than the previous generation and is just around 1 pound now weighing 469 grams (WiFi only) and 478 gms for WiFi and cellular model. Sporting a svelte look, the iPad Air is only 7.5 mm in thickness and also boasts of a 43-percent thinner bezel.
As expected after the iPhone 5S launch, the 9.7 inch tablet is now powered by A7 chip along with an M7 motion chip along with 64-bit architecture making use of more than 1 billion transistors. It will also be backed with iOS7.
The 5-megapixel iSight camera is capable of shooting fullHD video, and the FaceTime camera on the front includes “larger pixels” and better backside-illuminated sensor. Also finding place is dual mic. The battery can run for 10 hours.
Available in silver/white and gray/black colors, the new iPad Air is priced at $499 for 16GB and $629 for 16GB and cellular connectivity and will begin shipping on November 1.
Apple has let go the finger-sensor for this generation, though it recently announced it with iPhone 5S.
iPad Air SmartCover and SmartCase
To add a dash of color, Apple has introduced new colorful smart covers in six different colors. When opened, the smart covers wakes the tablet and puts it to sleep when closed. The folds can be used to position the tablet for reading/viewing mode. The cover is priced at $80.
iPad Air pricing
- iPad Air (WiFi only + 16GB) $499
- iPad Air (WiFi only + 32GB) $599
- iPad Air (WiFi only + 64GB) $699
- iPad Air (WiFi only + 126GB) $799
- iPad Air (WiFi + data + 16GB) $629
- iPad Air (WiFi + data + 32GB) $729
- iPad Air (WiFi + data + 64GB) $829
- iPad Air (WiFi + data + 128GB) $929