You know you want one. Some ultra-thin, ultra-light, retina hotness.
Apple released a new Mini and a fifth generation device they are calling the Air. Should you get one? Will you get one? Let me help you out.
Leaner, Meaner, Slicker
Apple put the iPad on a diet and made it work out producing a thinner, more powerful 5th generation tablet. According to Apple the iPad Air is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the iPad 4. The iPad was already and attractive and svelte device. The iPad Air makes it even more desirable with sharper corners and a thinner profile. Apple performed a complete refresh of it’s lineup shipping the A7 and M7 motion coprocessor in the Mini and Air.
The Mini Gets Retina
The Mini’s compact screen already looked great compared to it’s older, Retina-enabled cousin. I’m really interested to see how a pixel packed, Mini looks with a Retina display. Honestly, since using my wife’s iPad Mini, I think the Mini has the optimum screen size vs. ease of handling balance compared to the larger display. I’ll be getting a new Retain-enabled iPad regardless, right now, I’m torn between a Mini and the Air.
The Same Damned Shooter is Installed
I’ve been writing about Apple’s lack of movement in the camera department for some time. I’m extremely disappointed that they failed to upgrade the cameras for the iPad refresh. Both devices will ship using the same cameras. A 1.2 mega pixel front facing camera and a 5 megapixel shooter in the back. The rear camera has an f/2.4 f-stop in 5 element groups and that’s really it. Seriously, Apple really needs to step up their camera game in the next generation devices. People aren’t being Ansel Adams with these devices, but I went to a MoDev meetup last week in which an iPad outfitted with an Ollo clip was used for the webcast.
Updated Connecterization, Plus Disappointment
Both devices utilize Apple’s lightning cable connector and ship with iOS 7.0.3. Another omission that’s disappointing is that Apple didn’t included the fingerprint sensor on these devices. It’s seems that engineering had the designs for the new Air in place before getting the new finger technology. Both devices ship with Silver and Space Gray coloring and unfortunately no iBling model in that classy Champagne color.
Pricing is a little wonky with the Air and Mini starting at 499 and 399 respectively with the previous model iPads starting at 100 dollars less. When can you get it? All of this light hotness is available on November 1st. Just in time for pay day, but no pre-order. Not having a pre-order shows that we’ve entered a mature phase in the iPads life and either Apple isn’t anticipating a mad rush on release day or that they believe they’ll hit their numbers regardless.
Should You Get One
If you have a Nexus 7 absolutely. If you have the Mini or iPad 3, again, absolutely.
If you have the iPad 4. Uhhhhhhh. It’s hard for me to make the case on size and weight alone. But that 64-bit processor keeps calling my name. Your games, video editing, photo editing, and AutoCadding will be a lot snappier, and if you’re using your iPad to truly be productive in these applications, then upgrading to 64-bits makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, if you have the A6 powered 4, with the same damned camera, the same Retina-resolution, and iOS 7 advantaged hardware, then sure, get the new one just so you can have the latest and greatest But, otherwise, I’d wait for the camera upgrade.
Am I getting one. Yep. I have an iPad 3 and I’m itching to write some new fractal applications.
I’d love to know if you’re trading up for one of the new iPads. Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for reading, and listening.
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