The first iPad Air: the air and mentally…

Lighter, thinner, more powerful. The tablet which is constantly compared with the 11-inch MacBook Air, in the end, borrowed from colleagues part of its name. Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of the company, the direction in which moving the tablets from Apple did not approve. In his opinion, it would be better to increase the power and usefulness of these devices by extending their scope. In some ways he was right. Probably it was already to attend to the creation of a super-tablet, adding to the iPad and iPad mini tablet on steroids.

Resources the company had, the market would be ecstatic, Department of microelectronics Apple would get great pleasure from creating light and economical (relatively), but uprated to maximum mobile engines. How many original ideas could be run in the new models of iPad maxi, and then, to squeeze out of them everything possible and everything you need to implement in the iPad and iPad mini – forcing competitors to catch up and make mistakes.

But the strategy of the development of the iPad and iPad mini developed and adjusted in a narrow circle of top managers of the company (classified as “Absolutely secret”), have ruled this out. But Steve was not.

Steve was the only person in the company (and possibly the entire industry) can suddenly and 180 degrees to deploy a giant company, after hearing the absurd opinion of an employee and saw something “insanely great.” Carefully examine and recheck a hundred times, loading of the initiator by working for 24 hours a day for months, without a break. Stars in California — southern. Seem similar, but they are incredibly far away.

The moment for such a turn was optimal, and rejected ideas which could go into business – “the roof”. Crazy geniuses who dream to change the world and Apple were crowding at the threshold of staff, and more recently for the potential of the craziest of them was the use – but not now. Geniuses blow up the team, because of them, conflicts arise, they interfere with a calm and methodical work. Nobody likes them, with them it is difficult to communicate. Alas…

Continuation of the series about the iPad, previous parts here:

The first part: the Tablet from Apple…;
Second part: the anticipation of the iPad;
Part three: iPad invades the planet Earth, April 2010…;
The fourth part: the Fatal iPad 2…;
Fifth part: Just iPad, March 2012;
Sixth part: Another “just the iPad”, October 2012.

The collapse of trends in especially large sizes

In 2013, it was absolutely obvious that the song 10-inch tablets is sung, and here’s this huge contraption thing of the past, as did the dinosaurs. Crushed people at the time, I moved between Moscow, Perm (have there been any other business) and a few places in Russia with Macintosh Portable under his arm – and now tablets grams 700 weight became too heavy and overwhelming.

I’d had both hands over the iPad maxi, but the market is dictating something else: the tablet class, the iPad dying. Bought them less and less, preferring the tablets are weaker, but lighter and more compact.

Several years before the events described by the candidates dinosaurs were 15-inch laptops. But Apple introduced the Retina MacBook Pro, and the minimum acceptable, from my point of view, class notebooks came from the deadly peak.

And here is the iPad Air. New name, new body (new full-size iPad was like the grown up iPad mini), the new chip. The novelty had much in common even with the iPad 2. With the latest tablet in which creation took an active and emotional participation of Steve jobs. Air like coming back to this point in history, and started from the same place…

Let me forgive those who hate numbers – without them this sensational statement is not confirmed.

The first iPad thickness of the body called the “incredibly thin”: 13,4 mm, the dimensions were 243х190 mm, and weighed “only” 680 grams.

The thickness of the iPad 2 was 8.8 mm, the size of the “EN face” 241х186 mm and a weight of 601 grams. The trend is clear? Steve achieved this by investing the last of his strength, because technically, to stay within these parameters was impossible. Missed.

In developing the third-generation iPad Steve almost didn’t participate, and he got fat: case thickness increased to 9.4 mm, the size remains the same 241х186 mm, weight up to 650 grams. With these parameters, it already came in the area of risk, but the wheels of history Mellat even true, but slowly.

The size and weight of the fourth iPad remained the same, but the details of the sales volumes were not published. You know how many were sold the iPad 4 and iPad mini together. The larger iPad is slowly left behind by the dinosaurs that can be done is a global trend.

iPad Air: case thickness 7.5 mm. Dimensions 240х170. Weight – 469 grams, the model “WiFi only”, and 474 models with cellular connectivity. Compare with iPad 2.

You’ll laugh, but it helped a great iPad to get out of the deadly dive. Not only that, but the rest just below.

From top to bottom, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad 4:

Forced Cyclone

Fanatics (and journalists) were waiting for what Apple will roll out a market Apple A7X, with two PowerVR C6430 or some 6 – or 8-cluster graphic monster – but it was even more interesting.

Inside the iPad Air was the same Apple A7, with the CPU overclocked to 1.4 GHz (instead of 1.3 GHz like the iPhone 5s). Forced Apple A7? Technocratism Humanities it seemed sufficient, but increasing the clock frequency by 0.1 GHz would increase the processor performance of slightly more than 7.5 percent, according to the test results it was above the fold in half.

And the GPU was the same, and just as well overclocked to a higher clock frequency. Plus a little magic, right?

It turned out that Cyclone is not so simple. The fact that the range of chips manufactured by Samsung at a plant in Texas was designated as S5L8960X, turned into two chips with different “Apple” mark. APL0698 (used in iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3), with a clock frequency of 1.3 GHz; and APL5698 (iPad Air) with increased clock frequencies of the Central (up to 1.4 GHz) and GPU (up to 300 MHz?).

In APL0698 and APL5698 distinguished not only by the clock frequency. List the differences won’t, but they could do without any magic. He singled out more heat, so was accompanied by a powerful cooling system.

Compared to previous models of the iPad “air” iPad was as small and light as a feather – but inside it’s shell, compared to iPhone 5s, was spacious and fresh.

But Apple A7 was still much more economical than Apple’s A6X: the iPad Air was kept in the tests with “load average” kept Apple’s promised 10 hours, exactly. I such neither to, nor after, did not see exactly 10,00 hours. In video playback – up to 13 hours.

And battery the iPad Air could accommodate a total of 32.4 Watt-hours of energy. Battery capacity in the iPad 4 was a 42 Watt-hours. If you ever decide to produce its own mobile devices, to develop processors for them yourself.

Other technical details

About the processors, see above. On a tiny motherboard iPad Air has a place for the Apple M7, but Touch ID was not supported. Or just decided that this is unnecessary.

Produced with the amount of flash memory in 16, 32, 64 and 128 Gigabytes; for 499, 599, 699 and 799 dollars respectively. The prices in the US, without taxes and fees.

For the cellular transceiver to the price added to the traditional $ 130. Small tablet competitors could cost (along with the receiver) about the same, but the top seller was the iPad Air.

Air in the name of the new iPad “as it suggests” the relationship with the MacBook Air. The iPad Air supports 802.11 ac would be more than by the way – but it was not. 802.11 n, but with double the data transfer speed compared to standard (MIMO, 300 Mbps).

To be continued

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