What Made the iPad Air Thinner and Lighter


Just recently, the most-awaited launch of iPad Air made a buzz in the mobile market. The fifth-generation tablet of Apple surprised the world with its brand new look breaking rumors and expectations of mobile consumers. It’s thinner, lighter and so much faster. Various reviews and feedbacks have spoken regarding this latest device and hundreds are coming. So let’s take an essential scrutiny how iPad achieved this slender and lightweight construction yet delivering faster performance.

A scaled-up version of its predecessors

Considering its fresh new design, you could think of iPad Air as an upgraded version of last year’s Mini. Both tablets have features that are nearly identical, about 20 percent, primarily in terms of styling details except for the number and size of speaker holes – Mini has 56 vs. 80 on Air. Remarkably, at its 7.55mm thickness, Air is only a substantial 1.9mm thinner than the earlier full-sized iPad. But the tablet remains unyielding and sturdy as before, not bending a bit even under aggressive attempts at twisting.

In terms of weight, iPad Air weighs of only a pound but comes with a Wi-Fi that’s two-times faster than the previous generation. To compute, that’s exactly 0.4 pound lighter than the former generation and 0.3 heavier than the Mini. Therefore, the weight of iPad Air is essentially more similar to the Mini than its fourth-generation model. In fact, when you pick up an iPad Air it’s like your holding a Mini for the first time – definitely a “wow” moment.

A lot of reviews have told us positive remarks as to how this awesome device looks and feels now. It has come up with a modern presence through its chambered edges and more rounded profile. In addition, the brand new shape gives its users an easier way to find the toggle switch and buttons which is located just around the upper-right portion.

A subtle change yet a dramatic difference

What attracts the public eye with iPad Air is its stunning Retina display. Overall, the tablet has narrower width and thinner bezels on the sides of the display. But the display size remained the as is. It’s a sort of clever change, but poses a dramatic difference. It’s noticeable the time the screen comes to life. Impressively, the display is more eye-catching than ever. And your attention is focused on the content – a thing that really matters.

The software also works smartly with the beautiful display. Applying a touch-rejection algorithm, Air detects if your thumb is simply leaning on the display while you’re holding it or if you’re deliberately interacting with the Multi-Touch screen. This is a great innovation that shows how Apple came up with a design where hardware and software works together to provide the best user experience. What we don’t see is just as important as what we can do.

Tracing the teardown and the thinner form factor

Apple’s official analyst confirmed that iPad Air’s thinner guise is partly owed to reductions being made in the touch panel subsystems and the display’s thickness.

Air’s touchscreen utilizes a cyclo olephin polymer film sensor instead of the previously used glass sensor which is thicker and cheaper. Display thickness of the model is only 1.88mm. As a result, Air’s display bears a cost of $90, a little higher than third-generation iPad’s cost of $87. Meanwhile the estimated cost of touchscreen module is $43 compared to $37.50 for the previous iPad.

IHS also remarked that Apple has trimmed down the battery capacity of iPad Air compared to its predecessor. The latest version now has the capacity of 32.9 Wh, a difference of 23 percent from the third-generation’s 42.5 Wh. Probably, the drop is down to decreased power use in the display backlight, IHS added. From 84 LEDs in the previous iPad, Air utilizes only 36 LEDs to light up the liquid-crystal display. Thus, fewer LEDs mean lower electricity requirement, allowing the reduction in batter power.

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