If you are wondering how Apple made the iPad Air so thin and light at the same time, then this article is for you. When the iPad 3 and iPad 4 were released a few years ago, both of them were quite heavy because of the Retina display that Apple had to incorporate. We knew from experience that the company will try and fix that problem but we did not expect that they would be so successful and at only a short period of time. Here is how the Apple iPad Air became an awesome 1-pound tablet.
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To be specific, the iPad 4 was 1.44 pounds which is .44 pounds heavier than the Apple iPad Air. According to an analyst who tried to explain what the company did, it all started to make a difference with the tablet’s battery. There was a demonstration on Friday courtesy of iFixit and it showed us that the iPad Air’s 33WHr and two-cell battery capacity is relatively smaller compared to the iPad 4’s 43 WHr and a three-cell component. CNET even attached an image in their report and showed that it was the battery that dominated iPad 4’s entire handset. This means that when Apple made it smaller for their latest product, it was such a big factor that everybody noticed it. Now, the iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than its predecessor.
Wayne Lam, who is one of the analysts at IHS iSuppli, is saying that Apple not only cut back the battery capacity of the iPad Air but it also got rid of the aluminum material. Lam calls it a “holistic approach” which meant to discard some parts of the material that Apple usually uses to craft its device’s chassis. In a statement, Lam said that the unibody of the Apple iPad Air has a reduced amount of aluminum which is one of the reasons why it is so lightweight. Aside from this, Apple also only incorporated a “lighter display module” which they did not do when they manufactured the previous models of iPads.
In addition, Apple iPad Air’s 64-bit and A7 processor is also a crucial element that made the device lose weight. Since it has a proficient power technology, it can deliver a pretty respectable performance without requiring an increased consumption of power. Plus, according to the model number, Apple actually used a different A7 processor. The new one has a faster central processing unit frequency. Apple’s iPhone 5S has only 1.3 GHz while the iPad Air has 1.4 GHz. Apparently, this makes the smaller battery capacity just enough to power the entire tablet.