IPad mini and iPad Air - what is new in Apple's tablets

iPad mini and iPad Air: Let's find out what is new in Apple's tablets. Let's take a glance at how the recently launched iPad Mini and iPad Air are different from their predecessors.

Let's take a glance at how the recently launched iPad Mini and iPad Air are different from their predecessors. This is the very first time that Apple has redesigned the iPad since the launch of the iPad 2. The new design is something that has been steered in various leaks and rumours that were circulating all over the web. It's nice to see the iPad in not only a brand new style however a brand new name as well. Now let's take a glance and see if you ought to upgrade from the iPad 4 to iPad Air.

Starting with the specifications and features, you continue to get the beautiful 9.7-inch Retina display, that we've seen since the 3rd generation iPad. What's spectacular about it is that it runs on the Apple A7 chipset, similar to what is present within the iPhone 5S. In the past, Apple would have upgraded the chipset on the iPad. However this time, the chipset is the same that there's on the iPhone 5S. The A7 chipset makes the iPad Air quicker than the iPad 4.

The rest of the specifications mentioned are the same on paper, be it the camera or the storage capability. The battery power on the iPad Air is smaller, however Apple claims the same 10-hour battery life.

Coming to the body, the tablet has been revamped and it's quite spectacular. The bezel on the perimeters of the display unit (when held in the portrait mode) is slimmer which implies that you simply get a lot of display area. The build of the tablet is a lot similar to the iPod bit 5th gen. The device is significantly slimmer and lighter in comparison to the iPad 4. The lighter weight of the new iPad is perhaps the reason for naming it the iPad Air.

The only app that may profit the 64-bit design is the native Apple apps such as iLife and iWork. If you own an iPad 3 or iPad 4, you can probably hold off this upgrade. However if you're someone who is still running the iPad 2, we expect it's time for you to upgrade.

iPad Mini with Retina Display

When the iPad mini was launched last year, everybody hoped that it might accompany a Retina display, but alas, we have been fooled. What Apple launched then was the iPad 2 in a much smaller package. Few days back, Apple updated the iPad mini. The tablet currently comes with a retina display and also the same internals as the iPad Air.

The iPad mini with the retina display has the same form factor as iPad mini, however it's slightly thicker and heavier. But that is ok since it has to house the larger battery. Apple claims that the iPad mini with retina display can deliver up to 10 hours of battery life, which is quite similar to its predecessor.

The look and feel of the tablet is same however it's the performance of iPad mini with retina display that makes it a beast. The higher resolution on the display is what makes the content look extremely sharp. The jump within the hardware too is from the A5 to the A7 (i.e. skipping the A5X, A6 and also the A6X). This implies that if you're an iPad mini user, you may see a remarkable difference on the display and within the overall performance of the tablet.

We think that upgrading from the iPad mini to iPad mini with retina display is completely worthwhile if you're searching for a major bump in performance and also the quality of the show.

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