Apple iPad Air clears the FCC
1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I still don't get why they call it the iPad Air. Isn't iPad 5 clear enough?
Also no 802.11ac, I expected more now that the Macbook Air has got it as well.
2. Finalflash (Posts: 2134; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
It is a marketing attempt to make people focus on the thinness and lightness because usually people do not care about it that much. Put Air in the name, and you make people think why it is called that. It literally made me laugh out loud during the announcement, but the average consumer will likely not have that reaction.
As for why it isn't called the 5, it is because people will then compare it to the "4" which technically didn't exist and the "3" didn't either. So the comparison will be to the previous iPad models and people will realize it isn't much different in terms of them "needing" it. To avoid that comparison they make it sound like its own product line by calling it air just like you wouldn't now compare a macbook pro to a macbook air even though they are very close.
Finally, the lack of AC over the 2 year old dual band N is tragic but classic Apple. Whatever saves money, they will do and that is why they rake in the highest profits in the industry usually. The AC addition next year will probably be touted as "twice as fast" and a major feature next time.