“Until now, size wasn’t the deciding factor between the full-size Apple iPad and the iPad mini,” Clayton Morris reports for Fox News. “There were marked differences between the two such as size, weight, speed and quality of display.”
“But the latest generation of tablets from Apple — the iPad Air goes on sale this Friday, the Mini shortly thereafter — are both best in class: same speed, same camera same ultrahigh definition Retina display,” Morris reports. “So when you’re deciding between the two … size makes all the difference.”
“It’s hard to believe Apple managed to shave nearly a half-pound off last year’s fourth-generation iPad while still maintaining exceptional battery life, which in my all-day usage rarely dropped below 30 percent,” Morris reports. “Yet the Air is now a lot thinner — 20 percent thinner than the previous generation, to be exact. It’s great for travel in my own backpack, as well as in the diaper bag. You barely notice it’s there… Taking aim at both Google and Microsoft, Apple’s throwing in a bunch of free software when you buy the new iPad. iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote are all now free.”
Morris reports, “My biggest disappointment with the Pad Air is the lack of Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor. Once you use it you’ll never want to peck out a passcode again. I see Touch ID as one of the most important technological breakthroughs of 2013. It’s both a testament to how well it works on the iPhone 5s and how difficult the technology was to pull off for one product, let alone two different iPad sizes… Existing iPad owners can upgrade to iOS 7, the latest mobile operating system that the iPad Air runs. And this is a great operating system! It makes older iPads and iPhones seem new. But if you’ve been itching for a Retina display or find your older iPad really breaking your back, this is the upgrade for you.”
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The Independent reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPad Air: Super-light and most powerful – October 29, 2013