With Apple recently selling its 170 millionth iPad (cripes) and a whopping 475,000 tailored apps on the App Store (take note, Google Play developers), Tim Cook took to the stage tonight to reveal “the biggest step yet” for the ultra-successful tablet.
The fifth generation iPad has officially been unveiled as the iPad Air, and it’s every bit as thin and light as we’d come to expect.
The rumour mill told us to brace for a fairly radical overhaul of the iPad 4’s design, specifically a significant reduction in weight (652g), thickness (9.4mm) and bezel. It’s fair to say the iPad 4 was a bit of a bruiser.
The iPad Air, on the other hand, takes its cue from the iPad mini, ultimately yielding 43% less bezel with a 20% reduction in thickness (now 7.5mm) and almost 30% less weight (now circa 453g).
As for the iPad Air display size, it’s the same old 9.7in we’ve come to know and love, and taking the above dimensions into account, you’re looking at the lightest full-size tablet on the market.
As predicted, the iPad Air rocks the same 64-bit Apple A7 processor as the recently launched iPhone 5s, making the iPad Air 8x faster than the original iPad, with 72x faster graphics.
Apple promises up to 10 hours battery life on the iPad Air, and the colours are silver/white and space grey/black.
When can you get one? The iPad Air release date falls on November 1, a week on Friday.
EDIT: The Apple site has now been updated, so we can confirm that iPad Air price starts at £399 in the UK, going all the way up to - wait for it - £639 for the 128GB model. Yeah, I should probably have one of those for work. As always, the cellular models are an extra £100.
Meanwhile, the 16GB iPad 2 will stick around at £329 (£429 cellular).