In a bid to reinforce its control of the tablet industry, Apple Inc. released the iPad Air on November 2013. This was by far the best release Apple had ever made in comparison to the previous generations of the iPad series. This may seem an obvious notion considering iPad Air came after its predecessors, but a further read will shed light into the context that brought about this statement. Apple Inc. got a round of applause from its fan base and the market in general for the effort it put into the development of the iPad, considering this device came with groundbreaking features within its design.
The iPad Air is ultra-thin, to the point that technical review analysts often compared it to the average mini notebook. As if this is not enough, it is also ultra-light in weight, which is an aspect that leaves one in awe considering the extent of the tasks it is designed to support and accomplish. However, the biggest milestones that Apple made into the development of the iPad Air was the inclusion of the A7 processor based on 64-bit architecture and the complete transformation in design from the previous versions. These will be the criteria of judgment upon which the evaluation will be based.
What is this 64-bit Architecture A7 Processor?
64-bit processors are considered the next generation of processing when it comes to grading computation gadgets. The inclusion of this architecture into any portable device is said to be a strategy consideration towards future-proofing the device. This is because the global trend of computation equipment is evolving to this architecture from the previous household commoner that was the 32-bit architecture. All the portable devices before the iPad Air implemented 32-bit chipsets, as there was no foreseen situation whereby the devices were envisioned to require more power and capabilities. When compared to the 64-bit version, the 32-bit architecture is slower in terms of data input, transmission, processing, and output. This core structure determines a device’s performance speed during its use. This means that by integrating the A7 unified mobile chipset platform into the iPad Air, Apple just ventured into a completely new arena in terms of making technological advancements in the portable device industry. It allows for faster data input, processing, and transmission, which is what every computer user always has in his or her wish list.
Why the iPad Air is better with the 64-Bit A7 Processor
- Speed: The A7 has literally doubled the speed it took its predecessor, the iPad 4, to process commands sent through its system. This means that users will now enjoy less waiting time whenever they are working on the iPad Air. Applications are also expected to run more smoothly over this platform, though they are yet to be developed towards taking advantage of this opportunity that just presented itself (Egan). Currently, there is no application developed to take advantage of this design since it is new, and was not expected by the market, until its launch. To this respect, it is expected that existing apps will improve their apps towards taking advantage of its capabilities, and it is only after this is achieved that the chipset’s limitations will be defined.
- Content Creation: Content creation is one of the most widely used services when it comes to the utilization of computers and computation devices in general. It involves the design and development of projects and documents in these devices towards accomplishing certain targets the user has that are related to the content. Content here refers to documents, presentations, publications, articles, 3D modeling, programming tasks and gaming design among others. Such content as game design, 3D modeling and photo and video editing require heavy use of resources in order to accomplish them with the satisfaction they deserve. Thus, the inclusion of the 64-bit A7 chipset into the iPad Air is a plus to a huge population of content creators. This is because it means they proceed with their tasks at ease while traveling or away from their workstations without worry, only to come polish them up when they get back.
This capability of developing content is one of the reasons that make people hold on to their personal computers. It therefore, edges the iPad Air closer to the view reviewers have that it will progressively replace the desktop computer in due course.
- Multitasking: One of the features that the iPad 4 lacked was the fact that it could not multitask. This made users reluctant towards giving the product a 5-star rating, most of whom mentioned that it needed improvement. This improvement seems to have been realized with the iPad Air. With the inclusion of the 64-bit A7, the iPad Air attained the capability of being able to handle multiple tasks at a time. This is handy because it enables users to interact with different tasks at the same time, as opposed to killing them whenever one wants to switch to another (Lendino).
The Design Transformation
The design has been the talk of the Apple fan base as well as other reviewers from competing platforms, the most notable of them being those using the Android OS and the Windows OS. It weighs significantly less and has a compact feel upon review of the placement of its features. The speakers have been brought to the bottom of the device, a migration from the backside, which was the case for its predecessor, the iPad 4. In addition to this, the button placement has been made in such a way that they are convenient with the size of the tablet in terms of reach during use. The volume rockers are now metallic, a stylish migration from the plastic ones on the iPad 4.
The iPad Air’s sleek narrowness and a pound’s reduction in weight when compared to the iPad 4 make it easier to handle during use. One does not easily tire even after holding it in hand for a while, which was the case for its predecessor. This coupled with its 264ppi (pixel per inch) IPS LED display makes the user experience formidable. One can spend a whole day using it without getting bored, in appreciation to the level of attention it gives as it does everything it is supposed to do
Upon a review of the technology by many individuals in the online world, their view is that the A7 might be a good idea, but this is an idea that has come earlier than it was supposed to for the best experience during implementation and optimal utilization. The tablet does not run many apps, and when it does, it has been reported to have some serious lags and crashes.
“So instead of the iPad Air becoming my first 5-star tablet, it becomes my first 5-star tablet not to receive 5 stars.” (Nations)
Therefore, with the above-mentioned statement, it is clear to say that though the iPad Air has all the best features on a tablet right now, it still needs some time as its environment works towards realizing its full potential.
Egan, Mark. IPad Air review – latest iPad is great, but is the iPad still the best tablet? PC Advisor. Web. 2014.
Lendino, Jamie. Why Apple’s A7 Chip Will Really Shine in the iPad Air. PCMag Digital Group. Web. 2013.
Nations, Daniel. IPad Air Review: Apple’s Best Tablet Yet. About.com. Web. 2013.