iPad Air: Your Newest Reason to Camp Outside
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, to the Modern Nerd blog. I was adventuring around the streets of Philadelphia this morning, and came across a throng of people outside the Apple store. Usually the store is always packed, but its not often that there is a line around the block. It turns out that this Friday, November 1, is the launch date of the Apple iPad Air, the newest version of the popular tablet. I have not had the opportunity to beta-test one of these, but my curiosity led me to more research on it (without standing in line), and I have a list of reasons why you should be interested if you are in the market for a tablet. Read on!
Thinner, Lighter, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger?
As Moore’s Law would indicate, our computing technology is getting smaller and more powerful at a very predictable rate. The latest iPad is one pound, 7.5 millimeters thin, and features the new A7 chip, which is built to take advantage of the new operating system. More on that in a minute. The latest version of Apple’s HD Retina display sits under the thinnest bezels ever, so your touchscreen never gets in the way of what you are trying to see. It is 9.7 inches, which is right in line with its older brothers. It is a seriously thin and light package, and is available with storage space from 16 GB to 128 GB, and all storage is on a super-fast solid state drive.
iOS7 and Air
If you are a computer guy, you will know the difference between a 32-bit architecture and a 64-bit one. If not, here’s what you need to know. On 32-bit systems there is a limit to the active memory that is smaller than the memory that we can use up with our latest apps, with videos and music, downloading and networking. iOS7 was made to be a 64-bit system, which all of the iPhones and iPads are now upgraded to. The difference is that with the A7 chipset, the 64-bit system is run to its fullest potential. Here is the biggest thing that you need to know: It’s faster. And faster is better.
The iPad is a great system to run all of your every-day internet needs, like email and videos, but it also has a bunch of apps that are included too. iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, and Numbers are all included to help you be more productive. There is also a reason why the Apple App Store is regarded as the best one, they are up to 470,000 apps to download through the Store.
The Air will run you somewhere between $475 and $800 depending on your storage space. There are some great deals that you can find online to get free shipping and coupons, with many different retailers trying to take advantage of the launch, so shop around.
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