iPad Air vs iPad 4: specs comparison

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    The iPad Air is a serious improvement over the forth-generation iPad, as the fifth-gen iPad is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the iPad 4 and has a iPad Mini-like design. It also comes with the A7 chip, that provides a blazing fast performance with the 64-bit desktop-class chip architecture. Just like the iPhone 5s, Apple's fifth-gen iOS tablet also comes with M7 motion co-processor which will do wonders in fitness-related applications. iPad Air also has improved ultrafast wireless connectivity and faster built-in Wi-Fi.

    But besides these major differences, there are other tech specs that you need to take a close loook at. To help you decide whether you need to upgrade to iPad Air or not, have a look at the detailed specs comparison table above. After having compared closely the two iPad models, are you going to get the iPad Air or wait for the next year model?

    Source: Digital Trends
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    Thanks for that! I bought the iPad 4 a few months ago, but the iPad Air looks quite interesting.
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    There doesn't seem to be much of a difference looking at those specs :-()

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    It is a difference for those who have only an IPad 2. This is a big update to what I currently have, however, pleased to say that my iPad 2 continues to do what I need it to do without issue!:)
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    Thanks for that, that's awesome!

    Doesn't seem to be a huge difference though. Not what I thought. Doesn't mean I don't still want it!!
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    There is a huuuugggggeeeeeee difference between the old mini and the mini retina new one! Huuuugggeee! :)
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    i was talking about the iPad 4 and the iPad air...
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    I'm not to knowledgeable about CPU-related things, but I have a feeling the processor difference is a bit difference.
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    Yes, I saw that....the difference between those two is not as big as that between the two minis....
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    I thought the iPad air had 2GB of RAM? If not, that's kind of lame!
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    Do keep in mind that all talk about RAM is from 3d party sources - Apple has never stated the RAM capacity in any device; not even the first generation iPad. It's been tear downs after release that have told us the measured RAM.

    So, that chart is not entirely accurate.

    And, even if it ends up being "only" 1GB of RAM - Apple is very good at making the RAM amount work with the rest of the iPad's system. I'm pretty sure this iPad Air is going to be smoking fast, even with "only" 1GB of RAM expected.

    For sure, I'm going to find out for myself on November 1st (!). :D

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    Are you buying new iPads for your family again? ;) Can you adopt me and Miles and get us one? An iPad is essential to his doggie cognitive development and Mommy needs to ensure that he's developing by remotely checking his progress on my own iPad. This will make iPad #3 for me and Miles' first iPad.

    HELL, I bet people have already bought iPads for their pets. LMAO.



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    I'm not at all worried about ram on iPad because iOS is a very efficient operating system. 1gb of ram will be plenty.

    Now, on android that is not the case. In fact, both of my android tabs have 2gb of ram and they can get all laggy and draggy. It is kind of sad. In those devices they throw ram in as a means to win a spec war but the underlying OS is NOT making efficient use of it and seems to require it to ensure smooth operation.
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    Not a whole lot of difference from 4, mine still feels brand new even though a bought it last year during Black Friday. It hasn't left the house since it was delivered to my home. I take my 2 to work and travel, as it has work email pushed to it.


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    TLB...you're too funny--cognitive development for Miles--love that! To answer your question, yes...I have been meaning to get one for my husband as a combo birthday/Christmas gift! :) ...just don't know which to get him--so we'll be heading to the Apple store to play with them so he can decide! :)
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    Well... Whatever you decide on purchasing I am sure he's going to like so don't spend too much time on it lol. I bet he would like the new iPad Air.


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    The weight of the iPad Air has gotten my attention. Some time ago I switched to the mini because I developed inflammation in the hand I carried the full size iPad with. I haven't had any problems with carrying the mini. There are no spec differences between the iPad Air and the retina display mini except the size. The weight is 1 lb vs 3/4 lb. I am thinking of switching back to the larger iPad.
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    1GB of RAM is quite sufficient if you're only doing one thing at a time.
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    In comparing iOS and Android side by side, iOS has much more efficient RAM management compared to Android. On Android-based devices, having more free RAM is a good thing. On iOS-based devices however, the less RAM you have, the better it is. If you have a large amount of unused RAM, then there's an issue as the RAM reading should be around the 5%-25% of the capacity on paper. Even at that stage, iOS will automatically (and with great fluency and efficiency) reallocate RAM where they need to be. RAM that's unused is considered wasted RAM on iOS devices.

    1GB is more than sufficient on iOS devices at the current standpoint of iOS. Unless the resource demand from the iOS itself is doubled (tripled even), you won't need 2GB of RAM as the current RAM is the DDR3 (LPDDR3 for the 5S), and has a higher density than the previous DDR2/LPDDR2. The current RAM capabilities is as efficient as it can get right now. The high-end average usage/demand on RAM is roughly 800MB from the perspective of a jailbroken iPhone 5 and iPad 4, and that's with all the excess scripts running in the background constantly on a heavily themed device. If a jailbroken device can have an excess of 100+ MB of RAM, then there's certainly no issue with RAM.

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