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Apple iPad Air clears the FCC

Apple iPad Air clears the FCC
While only hours have passed since the iPad Air was officially presented to the world, the FCC has already given it the green light. Apple's tablet is now listed in the commission's database, having a model number A1475 attached to it, meaning that there's one less obstacle in its way prior to its global rollout. 

Sadly, the iPad Air filing doesn't mention any bits of information that we weren't aware of already, but that's common for most gadgets we spot at the FCC. What it does confirm, however, is the presence of a 2x2 MIMO antenna setup for more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11ac is still unsupported), the presence of an Apple-made 12W charger (model A1401) in the set, and that the slate is still being assembled in China. 

The iPad Air is scheduled to launch on November 1 across 40 countries worldwide, including China, Canada, the US, and most European markets. In the States, its Wi-Fi + Cellular variant will be available through AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

source: FCC

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posted on 23 Oct 2013, 03:26

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.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 06:38

2. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; 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.

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