The 5th generation iPad Air with 9.7 inch Retina Display and new iPad Mini upgraded with Retina Display, announced by Apple in late October, will be available in India from 7th December, Ingram Micro, the authorized distribution partner of Apple in India has announced today.
iPad Air will be available in silver or space grey at an MRP of Rs. 35,900/- for 16 GB Wi-Fi version, and the iPad mini with retina display will also be available at an MRP of Rs 28,900/- for 16 GB Wi-Fi variant from 7th December onwards.
According to Apple, iPad Air is thinner than a pencil, and the lightest full-sized tablet in the market. The Apple iPad Air is just 7.5mm thin , and is 20 per cent thinner than the outgoing model – the iPad 4, which was 9.4 mm in thickness. The weight of iPad Air is 1 pound (450 grams) down from 1.4 pounds. The bezel on the side of this tablet has been reduced to make it 43 percent narrower than the previous version.
To make iPad Air faster, Apple has employed the same processors, which was introduced on its latest iPhone 5S iPhone. The iPad Air is also powered by new A7 chip like the iPhone 5s, which Apple claims will make this tablet eight times faster than before. The chip is 64-bit which allows for faster processing. Similarly, the iPad Air comes with the M7 motion co-processor, like the iPhone 5S, and this will make graphics processing 72 times faster than the original iPad . The iPad is equipped with 5 megapixels iSight camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera.
For Wi-Fi, iPad Air uses two antennas instead of one and with MIMO( multiple-input and multiple-output) technology, iPad Air delivers up to twice the Wi-Fi performance of its predecessor.
The new iPad Mini with 7.9-inch has been upgraded with Retina Display and features 2,048-by-1,568-pixel resolution, which is the same as the resolution on the full-size iPad. Like iPad Air, this tablet is also powered by the new A7 chip, M7 co-processor . It has the same camera specifications and Wi-Fi features, which are available on iPad Air. The major difference is the size of the screen only.