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Apple iPad Air Technical Specifications

Apple iPad Air Technical Specifications
Brand: Apple
Category: Apple iPad
  • CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
  • RAM 1 GB LPDDR3
  • Camera 5MP 1080p
  • Storage 16/32/64/128 GB
  • Display 9.7" 1536x2048 pixels
  • OS iOS 7, up to iPadOS 12.5.5
  • Battery 8820mAh Li-Po

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Apple iPad Air 1st Generation Review and Features

Here are the full technical specifications, price and video review for the Apple iPad Air 1st generation device, plus links to buy the device.

The iPad Air is a tablet designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced on October 22, 2013, and was released on November 1, 2013. As part of the iPad line of tablet computers, the iPad Air features a thinner design than its predecessors, similar to the concurrent iPad Mini 2.

The iPad Air’s successor, the iPad Air 2, was announced on October 16, 2014, and released on October 22, 2014; however, the 64GB and 128GB variants were discontinued, and later the 16GB and 32GB on March 21, 2016, after the announcement of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but the iPad Mini 2 continued in production until March 21, 2017, with the announcement of the 2017 iPad.

Design

The iPad Air marked the first major design change for the iPad since the iPad 2; it has a thinner design that is 7.5 millimetres thick and has a smaller screen bezel similar to the iPad Mini. Apple reduced the overall volume of the iPad Air by using thinner components resulting in a 22% reduction in weight over the iPad 2.

It retains the same 9.7-inch screen as the previous iPad model. The new front-facing camera can video in 720p HD and includes face detection and backside illumination.

The rear camera received an upgrade as well; now called the iSight camera, in addition to the same functions as the front camera, it also contains a 5MP CMOS, hybrid IR filter and a fixed ƒ/2.4 aperture. The device was available in space grey and silver colours.

Software

The iPad Air launched with version 7 of the iOS operating system. iOS 7 introduced a major aesthetic redesign of the operating system, departing from skeuomorphic elements such as green felt in Game Center, wood in Newsstand, and leather in Calendar, in favour of a flat, colourful design.

It can act as a hotspot with some carriers, sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB, and also access the Apple App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS.

The iPad Air has several applications, including the Safari web browser, Mail, Photos, Video, Music, iTunes Store, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts.

The iPad Air can optionally sync content and other data with a Mac or Windows computer using iTunes. Although the tablet is not designed to make phone calls over a cellular network, users can use a headset or the built-in speakers and microphone to place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIP application, such as Skype.

The device has a dictation application. This enables users to speak; the iPad types what they say on the screen. An Internet connection is required, as Apple servers process the speech. Apple also began giving away its iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband) and iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) apps with the device.

iOS 9 was released in 2015. A major focus for the iPad was the introduction of three new multitasking features. The Air supported two of these features: Slide Over and Picture in Picture. Slide Over allows a user to “slide” a second app in from the side of the screen in a smaller window and have it display information alongside the initial app.

Picture in Picture allows a user to watch a video in a small, resizable, moveable window while remaining in another app. The device was not supported by the third feature, dubbed Split View (which allows the user to run two apps simultaneously in a 50/50 view).

Hardware

The iPad Air inherits the same hardware components from the iPhone 5S, such as its Apple A7 system-on-chip and Apple M7 motion processor. The A7 in the iPad Air is slightly different, however, in that it does not use a PoP design that stacks the RAM on top of the SoC.

It also features a metal heat spreader to compensate for the slightly faster clock speed and better thermal management. The Air also includes a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera (iSight), a FaceTime HD front-facing camera, support for 802.11n, and an estimated 10 hours of battery life. It boots faster than any previous iPad model.

As with all previous generations of iPhone and iPad hardware, there are four buttons and one switch on the iPad Air. With the device in its portrait orientation, there is a “home” button on the face of the device under the display that returns the user to the home screen, a wake/sleep button on the top edge of the device, and two buttons on the upper right side of the device performing volume up/down functions, under which is a switch whose function varies according to device settings, functioning either to switch the device into or out of silent mode or to lock/unlock the orientation of the screen.

It uses the same home button built into previous iPad models and does not include a fingerprint scanner.

In addition, the WiFi-only version weighs 469 grams, while the cellular model weighs 478 grams – over 25% lighter than their predecessors. The display responds to other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes.

The iPad Air was available with 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB of internal flash memory, with no expansion option. Apple also sells a “camera connection kit” with an SD card reader, which can only be used to transfer photos and videos. As of the announcement of the iPad Pro 9.7-inch on March 21, 2016, the iPad Air was discontinued.

All models can connect to a wireless LAN and offer dual-band Wi-Fi support. The tablet is also manufactured with or without the capability to communicate over a cellular network. The iPad Air (and the iPad Mini 2) cellular model comes in two variants, both of which support nano-SIMs, quad-band GSM, pentaband UMTS, and dual-band CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and B.

One variant also supports LTE bands 1–5, 7, 8, 13, 17–20, 25 and 26, while the other supports LTE bands 1–3, 5, 7, 8, 18-20 and TD-LTE bands 38, 39 and 40. Apple’s ability to handle many different bands in one device allowed it to offer, for the first time, a single iPad variant which supports all the cellular bands and technologies deployed by all the major North American wireless providers at the time of the device’s introduction.

The audio playback of the iPad Air is in stereo with two speakers on either side of the Lightning connector.

What are the specifications of the Apple iPad Air 1st Generation tablet?

Here’s a summary of the technical specifications for the Apple iPad Air 1st Generation tablet:

  • Processor/CPU: Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) Apple A7
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Display/Resolution: 9.7″ 1536×2048 pixels
  • GPU/Graphics: PowerVR G6430
  • Camera: 5MP 1080p
  • Battery: 8820mAh Li-Po
  • Colours: Space Gray, Silver

Full Technical Specifications

General

Device Type Tablet Computer
Models A1474, A1475, A1476, iPad4,1, iPad4,2, iPad4,3
Versions: Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular (3G/LTE); Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi, w/o GPS)
Announced 22 October, 2013
Released 01 November, 2013
Status Discontinued
Successor iPad Air 2
Generation 1st

Design

Type <strong>Design Type</strong> called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones. Bar
Width 240 mm (millimeters)
24 cm (centimeters)
0.787 ft (feet)
9.449 in (inches)
Height 169.5 mm (millimeters)
16.95 cm (centimeters)
0.556 ft (feet)
6.673 in (inches)
Thickness 7.5 mm (millimeters)
0.75 cm (centimeters)
0.025 ft (feet)
0.295 in (inches)
Weight 469 g (Wi-Fi)
478 g (3G/LTE) (1.03 lb)
Protection Glass front
Aluminum back
Aluminum frame
Colors Space Gray
Silver

Network

SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Nano SIM
Number of SIM cards 1
GSM GSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
CDMA CDMA 800 MHz
CDMA 1900 MHz
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A
1xEV-DO Rev. B
UMTS (3G) UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
LTE (4G) LTE 700 MHz Class 13
LTE 700 MHz Class 17
LTE 800 MHz
LTE 850 MHz
LTE 900 MHz
LTE 1700/2100 MHz
LTE 1800 MHz
LTE 1900 MHz
LTE 2100 MHz
LTE 2600 MHz
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Display

Display Type <strong>Display Technology => </strong> A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) IPS LCD
Size 9.7 inch
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Display Colors <strong>Display Colors</strong> is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others. 24 bit, 16777216 colors
Aspect Ratio 4:3 ratio
Display area (~71.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Pixel Density <strong>Pixel Density (PPI)</strong> is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 264 PPI density
Display Protection <strong>Display Protection => </strong> Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind. Scratch-resistant glass
Oleophobic coating
Features Capacitive
Multi-touch
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
LED-backlit
Retina display

Media

Audio File Formats AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
eAAC+ / aacPlus v2 / HE-AAC v2
M4A (MPEG-4 Audio, .m4a)
MP3 (MPEG-2 Audio Layer II, .mp3)
WAV (Waveform Audio File Format, .wav, .wave)
Video File Formats AVI (Audio Video Interleaved, .avi)
H.263
H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC video
QuickTime (.mov, .qt)
MPEG-4
FM Radio No
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm Audio jack Yes
Audio Features Loudspeaker

Rear Camera

Number of cameras 1
Sensor type CMOS BSI (backside illumination)
Main cameras 5 MP, f/2.4, 33mm (standard), AF
Aperture f/2.4
Focal length and 35mm equivalent 4.3 mm (millimeters)
Image Resolution 2592 x 1936 pixels
5.02 MP (megapixels)
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
2.07 MP (megapixels)
Video FPS 30 fps (frames per second)
Other features Autofocus
Digital zoom
Digital image stabilization
Geotagging
Panorama
HDR
Touch focus
Face detection

Front/Selfie Camera

Number of cameras 1
Main cameras OmniVision OV2E0BNN
1.2 MP
Sensor type CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)
Aperture f/2.4
Focal length and 35mm equivalent 2.18 mm (millimeters)
Video Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
0.92 MP (megapixels)
Video FPS 30 fps (frames per second)

Software

Operating System <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. iOS 7, upgradable to iPadOS 12.5.5
User Interface <strong>UI</strong> or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface. Apple iPad OS

Hardware

Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong> is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Apple A7 APL5698
CPU <strong>CPU</strong> (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
CPU bits 64 bit
CPU cores 2
Level 1 cache memory (L1) 64 KB + 64 KB (kilobytes)
Level 2 cache memory (L2) 1024 KB (kilobytes)
1 MB (megabytes)
Level 3 cache memory (L3) 1024 KB (kilobytes)
1 MB (megabytes)
GPU <strong>GPU</strong> (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
GPU cores 4
RAM (Memory) <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1 GB
RAM Type LPDDR3 SDRAM
Internal Storage <strong>Internal Storage</strong> is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16/32/64/128 GB
Card Slot <strong>Memory Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No
Sensors <strong>Sensors</strong> are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Light
Accelerometer
Compass
Gyroscope

Connectivity

Bluetooth Version 4.0
Bluetooth Features <strong>Bluetooth</strong> is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Infrared <strong>Infrared</strong> connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range. No
Wi-Fi <strong>Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11a (IEEE 802.11a-1999)
802.11b (IEEE 802.11b-1999)
802.11g (IEEE 802.11g-2003)
802.11n (IEEE 802.11n-2009)
802.11n 5GHz
Dual band
Wi-Fi Hotspot
USB Lightning, USB 2.0
GPS <strong>GPS</strong> The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. GPS
A-GPS
GLONASS
Wi-Fi
Cell ID
NFC <strong>NFC</strong> (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inch.
HDMI <strong>HDMI</strong> (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. No

Battery

Battery Type <strong>Battery Type => </strong> Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
Capacity <strong>Battery Capacity</strong> is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 8600 mAh (32.4 Wh)
Placement Non-removable

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