New iPad Air is all about thin: here is how Apple achieved this

New iPad Air is all about thin: here is how Apple achieved this
Apple had no “one more thing moment” or a surprise, but instead it had solid upgrades and a new name: iPad mini for its 9.7-inch tablet. Air is a great name as it carries all the positiveness from the Macbook Air success and the allusion of thinness, and the iPad Air is indeed very thin and light. Just how did Apple manage to reduce even more of its thickness?

A breakthrough of the little cuts the company made across different components is a nerdgasm and a neat little explanation for everyone else. 

The breakdown of all the iPad Air components below show how much each component has been reduced in size to arrive at the Air’s impressive 7.5mm thin profile.

New iPad Air is all about thin: here is how Apple achieved this
The biggest cut has come in the touch sensor that has now 70% down in size and the unibody construction and battery contribute another 23% and 25%, respectively. Apple also made cuts to the actual Retina display (20% thinner) and the glass (17% less fat).

All of this contributes to a 24% cut in overall volume and once again, a thickness of just 7.5mm.

source: Apple

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iPad Air
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh

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39 Comments

1. funchumm1206

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

With same specs as the new ipad mini, ipad air will be cannibalized by the new ipad mini for sure.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well there goes the higher priced iPad, you can get about 1 more inch of screen for 50% higher cost. No touch ID either, guess they are really trying to push that iPhone 5s.

17. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Sony Tablet Z slaps the thinness out of this iPad... iPad has resolution going for itself, other than that I see the Z being better...

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Don't even bother mentioning the Tablet Z as the iPad Air is far more superior.

24. funchumm1206

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Just because its waterproof or blah blah blah, doesnt mean it will sell well. It's how you sales pitch the product and the product supply. Those two are where Sony is having a hard time. And where Samsung and Apple is Good at.

26. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And just because it does not sell well does not mean it sucks... Actually the waterproofing in a tablet is not what I care the most (it is important in a Phone for me)... but Tablet Z is actually thinner and almost as light as the iPad Air and that is very useful for a tablet... It has enough horsepower, a good display, Ok cameras... in which way is the alternative "far superior"? honestly would like to know, Im not trolling...

36. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Love my Z, it's a great tablet that impresses me all the time. What surprises me is how smooth it is and how long the battery lasts for a tablet as thin as it is. Is it on par with the iPad Air? Who cares. If I wanted an iOS tablet, I'd get the Air and Mini 2, but I wanted an Android tablet and I'm more than happy with that purchase of the Z.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30781; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mannnn shutup and stop hating.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Hey! There you are!

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 30781; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Whatup Commentator.

10. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Hey dark im loving the new iPads, what about you??

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30781; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think they're pretty sweet WH. I like the mini the most, the specs have really risen. Looking forward to using one.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yep, especially at $100 cheaper.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Absolutely. I can't imagine why anyone would pay $100 more for the 1.9" extra in display size.

8. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Maybe thats because it's nearly two times bigger as the mini one. The "inch" system is stupid. You can't say my 15" laptop is only three times bigger as my 4" Galaxy Beam

13. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I understand how squaring things works, I passed third-grade math. The Mini still provides more than sufficient real-estate when compared to the full-sized iPad, and the number of original Minis sold compared to iPad 4's proves that customers are totally fine with a slight drop in size. The difference here is that, while the original Mini was just a resized iPad 2 (i.e. 1.5 years out of date), and thus inferior spec-wise in every way to its full-sized brother, the new Mini goes tit-for-tat with the Air, at $100 less to boot. If customers were clamoring for the original Mini when it was released, I can only imagine what this round will bring.

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Its so thin because they were able to get the megapixels down to 5.

39. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

still some people will opt the bigger display

7. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Probably because some people like it bigger (no sexual pun intended).

9. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It's not the size of the screen, it's the motion of the user-interface.

12. ilia1986 unregistered

-17% glass -70% touch sensor -20% display -25% battery -23% unibody -100% functionality Oh wait - there was none to begin with.

15. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Told ya trolls were coming...

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I told you they'd flood articles later on the day lol.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Q4 results will tell leave you speechless. Troll.

25. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Not really. They will sell more of the lesser priced, supposedly supply-constrained mini than the more expensive air. Needless to say. I will pre order one. Then I will mark it up by at least 100 to sell to the nearest iDiot who will be foaming at the mouth for it.

28. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Haha, Darkk will be first in that line

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 30781; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You love me lol. Awww I wuv you too little buddy.

22. funchumm1206

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Meh..

14. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

One word : Sony.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Four words: has nothing on Apple.

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