iPad Air vs. iPad 4: Tech Specs

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Apple unveiled the eagerly awaited 5th generation iPad called iPad Air at the media event earlier today.

We’ve taken a look at the hardware specifications of iPad Air earlier. In this post, we compare the tech specs of iPad Air and the previous generation iPad, iPad 4.

iPad Air

iPad 4

Models Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Size
  • Height: 9.4 inches (240 mm)
  • Width: 6.6 inches (169.5 mm)
  • Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
  • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
  • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
Weight
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi): 1 pound (469 g)
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi + Cellular): 1.05 pounds (478 g)
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi): 1.44 pounds (652 g)
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi + Cellular): 1.46 pounds (662 g)
Display
  •     Retina display
  •     9.7‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
  •     2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 ppi
  •     Retina display
  •     9.7‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
  •     2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 ppi
Chip
  • A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
  • Dual-core A6X
  • with quad-core graphics
RAM 1GB? (to be confirmed) 1GB
iSight Camera
  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • HDR photos
  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-elements lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • HDR photos
FaceTime Camera
  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  •     1.2MP photos
  •     720p HD video
  •     FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
  •     Face detection
  •     Backside illumination
Video Recording
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • 3x video zoom
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
Battery Capacity 32-watt-hour 43-watt-hour
Battery Life
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
Wireless
  • Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Cellular
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
  • LTE (14 bands)
  • GPS and GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
  • LTE (5 bands)
  • GPS and GLONASS
Sensors
  •     Three-axis gyro
  •     Accelerometer
  •     Ambient light sensor
  •     Three-axis gyro
  •     Accelerometer
  •     Ambient light sensor
Connector Lightning Lightning
Colors Silver, Space Gray Black, White

Please note that there are still some unknowns about iPad Air such as the amount of RAM and capacity of the battery. We’ll probably have to wait for benchmark results and the new iPad to be disassembled to get those details. We’ll update the post as soon as we get the information.

So to summarize, the iPad Air is significantly lighter (28%), thinner (20%) and 24% lesser in volume than the previous generation iPad, which is the reason Apple has given it the “Air” moniker. It also comes with faster 64-bit A7 chip. The new iPad also supports more number of LTE bands (14 vs 5), which should mean that it work on most LTE networks around the world. It also offers 3x zoom while recording videos. The iPad Air also delivers up to twice the Wi-Fi performance of its predecessor as it uses two antennas instead of one and MIMO technology. Interestingly, one of the side effects of thinner, and narrower iPad Air is that Apple had to pack a smaller capacity battery in it, however it still offers the same battery life thanks to the power efficient A7 chip.

The lack of any improvements to the camera, should come as a disappointment to some users who use their iPad to take photos.

Let us know what you think. Do you plan to buy the new iPad Air?

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Categories: iPad 4, iPad 5, New iPad

  • Marvin a

    If you already have an iPad then this isn’t worth the upgrade unless yours is super old or beat up

    • barondebxl

      i agree. Definitely not worth it.

    • Patrick Serrano

      As an Apple fanboy (lol), it’s really isn’t worth it at all, I don’t really give a shit about the A7 processor or whatsoever, I don’t see any difference at all

  • david

    Based on the improvement on this iPad Air, I am thinking that Apple will maybe pull another iPad 3/iPad 4 stunt…that is they will announce a new iPad in 6 months or less with more substantial updates…

    • systemupdate

      maybe touch id?

      • david

        touch ID is probably the biggest disappointment for not making in for this new iPad…

        • systemupdate

          i completely agree. it has all the internals needed for it, but i dont understand the reason behind not offering it.

        • snipey36

          ahum, if they dont upgrade the ram from 1gig, then thats pretty much the bigger miss in the multitasking functionality requirements we live in today

    • Carl Smooth

      Hmm, yeah missing touch-id, ac-wifi and the 5S camera at least… My iPad3 is still due for an update anyway!

      • Duston Foster

        Agreed.

  • Eskie

    After buying ipad 4 and upgrading to iOS 7, I returned the ipad 4 for a new one to keep iOS 6. T
    here is no way I would buy Ipad Air if it comes with iOS 7. Keeping latest, greatest ipad 4 with iOS 6.

    • ZhenYew Wung

      You can do that? Returning your iPad 4 with iOS 7 and change one with iOS 6? I regret upgrading mine to iOS 7.

  • Noneya

    Why go thinner? The current iPad is just fine. What they should be doing is using that space to increase the battery as the hardware gets smaller. I would love it if it lasted longer on a single charge than to have it thinner. Its going to get to the point where they are going to start bending or breaking alot easier. it might even warp if it gets to thin.

  • hoglops

    no touch id? come on, you know this is coming in ipad air 2.
    just wait for that.

    • Joaquin

      I was disappointed that the touch id was not introduced in the new model. I’ve never owned an iPad and figured if this new version “wowed” me I would purchase it. I was not very impressed.