Say what you will about Apple, but the company definitely sets standards.
With hardware systems that have earned design awards, and software platforms — iOS and OS X — that are posed to exceed Windows’ market share, Apple has earned a reputation for innovation, simplicity, and performance. In fact, Apple’s most recent product, the iPad Air, continues its winning ways.

Sleek design

The first iPad models changed the way people work. Most
manufacturers had given up on the tablet market. Don’t forget, Microsoft
canceled its own Courier tablet initiative. Netbooks were all the rage. But
the iPad changed all that, transforming the manner in which users interact with
electronic devices. Developers designed applications to take advantage of the
iPad’s strengths and didn’t just port existing applications to the tablet. The
result was a revolutionary new product that re-ignited the category.

Apple’s design influence on the newest iPad model is immediately
apparent. The iPad Air is trim. At just 7.5 mm thin, the tablet weighs
only one pound. That’s 28% lighter and 20% thinner than previous

Despite the reduction, the unit feels hardy. Thanks to unibody
construction and incredibly tight tolerances, the tablet computer is light yet

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Impressive performance

Manufacturing such a slim, lightweight device frequently requires
compromise. Often times, battery life must be sacrificed in favor of weight, or
processing power and display features are trimmed to improve battery life.

Apple’s iPad Air makes no compromises. The 9.7-in screen powers
2048×1536 resolution. The Retina display’s 3.1 million pixels produce
stunning videos and razor sharp images.

An A7 chip, meanwhile, delivers 64-bit desktop-class architecture
to the tablet. OpenGL ES version 3.0 graphics power visual effects, rendering
applications, videos, and even games quickly and efficiently. True to the mobile
device’s nature, offloading accelerometer and gyro operations to an M7
coprocessor helps fuel smooth app operations on the go.

Thanks to intelligent architecture and engineering, battery life also remains impressive. Although the iPad Air is twice as fast as previous models,
plus thinner and lighter, mobile users can still work for 10
hours between charges.

Connectivity is stellar on the iPad Air, which boast two antennas and
multiple-input / multiple-output design, with Wi-Fi performance approaching 300
Mbps. Even mobile business users requiring connectivity on-the-go are in luck, because Wi-Fi + Cellular models support a growing number of LTE networks, plus GSM/UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA systems. These devices can also serve as
mobile hotspots, where supported by local cellular data network providers.

The iPad Air ships with iOS 7, which sweeten the deal. AirPlay simplifies giving
presentations, AirPrint technology makes it easy to print on wireless networks,
and iCloud makes it easier to share documents, spreadsheets, and
presentations. When you add in the fact that almost a half a million applications are now
available within the App Store, it becomes clear that business users will be
hard pressed to find a better tablet that’s capable of meeting mobile performance
computing needs.

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