Apple's iPad Air Reviews Are In
Posted: October 30, 2013 by Alex Chan
It's true Apple's iPad Air, which was unveiled at a special event in San Francisco on October 22, won't come out until November 1, but marked reviewers have already gotten their hands on the new tablet.
The very select group of journalists who reviewed Apple's newest product unanimously loved the iPad Air, be it for being lighter, thinner, faster or more powerful. Often dubbed the best tablet ever, here's exactly how the latest addition to the iPad family won the critical minds of the evaluators.
Noticeably lighter and thinner than its predecessors, it only weighs 1 pound and is just 7.5 mm thick. Although it has the same screen size (9.7 inches), the device's inside includes Apple's new A7 processor, the same chip used in the iPhone 5S which is almost twice as fast as the chip Apple used in last year's iPad. Plus, a battery life that is far exceeding Apple's 10-hour claim.
Now, the reviews go as follows:
CNET: "The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, introduced on the iPhone 5S, is sadly absent here, meaning you'll still have to type in a passcode with every unlock and a password with every purchase."
TechCrunch: "When using the new iLife and iWork suites, performance is considerably bolstered by the 64-bit retrofits they got with their recent redesigns – everything feels faster and more responsive."
The Telegraph: "Its light weight and thin form mean it gets out of the way – you don't notice it, but you notice what you're doing on it. That, potentially, unleashes a new generation of tablet-based productivity."
Fox New: "It's hard to believe Apple managed to shave nearly a half-pound off last year's fourth-generation iPad while still maintaining exceptional battery life, which in my all-day usage rarely dropped below 30 percent."
Engadget: "Aside from a couple animation glitches (freeze frames) related to iOS 7, the Air runs smoothly. Apps load a little quicker than they did before, but again, the areas where you'll notice the biggest improvement involve more-intense, processor-heavy activities."
New York Times: "Those 6.4 ounces make all the difference when, as you recline while reading or watching a movie, you conk out and the iPad falls forward to bonk you on the nose. The Air won't hurt you the way the old iPad did."
All Things Digital: "This new iPad isn't a radical rethinking of what a tablet can be, but it's a major improvement on a successful product. It is the best tablet I've ever reviewed."
Let us remind you once again that you'll be able to lay your hands on the game-changing device this Friday, when it could be found both in stores and on virtual shelves.