It’s all change on the iPad front, with Apple releasing a new thinner and smaller iPad Air. But what do the new specifications actually mean for the practicalities of using them in the classroom (and the battery life!)? We get hands-on for a first look…
New form factor
iPad Air is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the 4th gen iPad. It weighs in at around just half a kilo, and you can really feel that difference when you hold the two together. That means it’s a tad more portable, and isn’t going to weigh down school bags as much.
The Retina display on iPad Air packs in an incredible 326 pixels per inch. At 2048×1536, the resolution is higher than that of an HD TV, but in a device that fits in the palm of your hand. Photos are noticeably more vibrant and text is really crisp and clear, so reading iBooks and other course materials will be a much better experience.
More powerful performance
Internally, iPad Air boasts the latest A7 processor and 64-bit architecture. Without getting too spec-heavy, Apple claim that will make response times twice as fast on iPad Air compared to the previous model. This means multitasking with various different apps running in iOS 7 is going to be a lot smoother.
iPad Air has doubled up on wireless capabilities too. With two antennas and MIMO technology for connecting to the school’s wireless network, you should get stronger, faster WiFi connectivity. WiFi + Cellular models also apparently support even more networks for better connections on the move.
This is the killer – how long does the battery on the new iPad Air actually last? Even with more powerful performance and improved visuals, Apple claim the battery will keep going for up to ten hours from a single full charge. We’re yet to benchmark the figures, but that should definitely cover a school day!
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