The wait gets over today. Apple's iPad Air will finally be available in India from today onwards. The tablets will be launched just like the iPhone 5s and 5c with lots of fanfare. We will be covering part of the Mumbai launch from the venue. So watch out for that coverage later on.
Coming down to the brass tacks, Apple's iPad Air and Retina iPad mini will take up the mantle from the 4th-gen iPad and the first-gen iPad mini. With a price tag of Rs 35,900 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, the new iPad Air is the king of tablets as far as Apple is concerned. This will be available in silver and space grey variants. The iPad mini with Retina (16GB Wi-Fi model) has a price tag of Rs 28,900. With the launch of these two, Apple will have a total of five iPad SKUs in India.
Retina iPad mini running iOS 7
The newest iteration of Apple’s tablets packs the new A7 chip, which is the same as the one in the iPhone 5s. It will run iOS 7 out of the box. The iPad Air features a 9.7-inch Retina display with its thinner design. The iPad Air looks more or less like a bigger version of the iPad mini now, with thick bezels of the older iPad gone now. The new iPad Air is supposed to be 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth-generation iPad.
A 5-megapixel iSight camera fit onto the iPad Air will allow users to record HD videos at 1080p. The front has an HD FaceTime camera with larger pixels and the camera sensors also have an improved backside illumination. There are also dual microphones for sound recording and noise cancellation. Apple says that the iPad Air can give ten hours worth of battery too.
The iPad mini with Retina, which will compete against Google's Nexus 7, features a 7.9-inch display and a bumped up resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi. It will also house the A7 64-bit desktop-class architecture.