All You Need to Know About the Apple iPad Air 1st Generation
Apple released the iPad Air in November 2013 as the next iteration of the iPad. It marked a major change for the series, which included being lighter and thinner. The Apple iPad Air 1st generation is available in a number of different configurations so that users can select the options that suit them.
What's the iPad Air?
The iPad Air is a tablet computer and the fifth iteration of the iPad series, not counting the iPad mini. Apple named it the Air rather than the iPad 5 in order to draw attention to the physical design changes, which were intended to make the device more portable. You may see this model referred to as the 1st generation, which is to differentiate it from the iPad Air 2 released in 2014. In terms of aesthetics, the tablet was manufactured in both silver and space gray.
What are the device specifications?
The device shipped with iOS 7.0.3 and has continued receiving updates through iOS 11.3.1. It uses a 64-bit architecture and includes a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. The CPU is paired with 1GB of RAM. The touchscreen is an IPS display that measures 9.7 inches and supports a 2048-by-1536 resolution. These models weigh no more than 478 grams--or a little more than a pound--depending on the configuration. The size is 9.4 by 6.67 by 0.30 inches. You may also choose how much user-accessible internal storage the iPad Air has. Options include:
- 16 GB
- 32 GB
- 64 GB
- 128 GB
Which connectivity options does Apple offer?
Apple offered the iPad Air in two configurations: simply Wi-Fi capable or Wi-Fi and cellular capable. The Apple iPad Air models that support cellular have a SIM card slot. With both setups, your tablet has an integrated Wi-Fi adapter that can connect to home networks, office networks, and private and public hotspots. All other connection features are non-optional. These include:
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Headphone jack
- Dual microphones
- Lightning connector
- 3.5mm headphone mini-jack
Which cameras does the Apple iPad Air have?
For the 1st generation iPad Air, Apple has provided two cameras. A 5MP rear-facing cameras is ideal for taking high-quality photos and recording 1080p HD video. This Apple iSight camera has autofocus, backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, and many other features. The 1.2MP front-facing camera can be used for FaceTime and selfies and can record 720p HD video.
Which battery does the Apple iPad Air have?
This device has a built-in 32.4-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery that's rechargeable. You can charge it via an included power adapter or through a computer system via USB. The manufacturer estimates that a full charge can provide you 10 hours of heavy usage, such as watching video or surfing the Web.
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