Since its launch in 2010, Apple iPads have evolved even more than the apes did. It sometimes is confusing to determine what, or rather, which generation iPad it is just by looking at it. There are now iPads of varied screen sizes; starting from the 7.9-inch minis to 9.7-inch iPads, and even 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. Check iPad Air 3 features below.
However, iPad with the 9.7-inch screen was the favorite of most buyers. Especially after the release of its Air series of 9.7-inch iPad with a fingerprint scanner and sleek metallic design. The initial iPad Air was launched on the 1st of November 2013. It boasted a 64-bit Apple A7 with Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor and had 1GB RAM.
The next-gen iPad was called the iPad Air 2; came with first of its kind Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X with Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor. And dramatically increased the RAM from 1GB to 2GB. Since then, there hasn’t been any official launch of iPad Air 3. Or maybe they did but not necessarily with the intention to name it iPad Air 3.
iPad Air 3 or the iPad 2017:
Technically, there are many other iPads launched after the iPad Air 2. And Apple even unveiled new series of iPads called the iPad Pro, but there was no mention of iPad Air 3.
However, keeping the iPad Pros aside and judging by the specs and looks; the iPad 2017 can be considered as the iPad Air 3. It was launched on the 24th of March 2017. So, let’s see about the new iPad in detail.
Features and Design:
The new iPad 2017 is built from metal and glass and is available in three different colors – silver, space grey, and gold; all of which look stunning. At the front, the iPad packs a 4:3 Retina-class 2048 x 1536, 264 ppi display with a FaceTime HD 720p webcam above it and a fingerprint scanner/home button in the center below the screen.
The top edge has a 3.5mm audio jack and also houses the power button, the volume rockers are on the right edge towards the top, and there’s the Lightning port in the center at the bottom edge. There is no smart keyboard connector on the left edge like how the iPad Pro has.
The new display isn’t as good as the iPad Air 2 or the iPad Pros. It doesn’t have the same anti-reflective coating, however, it does a decent job for a tablet of this price bracket.
The maximum brightness reaches an impressive 520cd/m2 and the contrast ratio an 861:1. Also, the display lags TrueTone; a technology introduced by Apple that adapts the color temperature of the display to match ambient conditions.
Performance and Battery Life:
Performance wise the iPad 2017 outperforms the previous generation iPads. It uses the Apple A9 processor, which is the same as used in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets. This isn’t as powerful as the iPad Air 2’s A8X processor but is more accomplished than the first-gen Air’s dual-core 1.3GHz A7 processor. And it packs a 2GB RAM for like in the case of iPad Air 2.
The iPad 2017 stands tall above all other iPads when it comes to battery backup. It can last more than four hours longer than the iPad Air 2 and over two hours longer than the original iPad Air.
Price and Final Verdict:
The iPad 2017 is available in four variants. The price (in the UK) for each variant is detailed below:
- 32GB Wi-Fi Only – £339
- 32GB Wi-Fi and 4G – £469
- 128GB Wi-Fi Only – £429
- 128GB Wi-Fi and 4G – £559
The iPad 2017 is a great choice without making a big hole in your pocket. It outshines all features as compared to other tablets in the same price range and with the same screen size. However, if you are looking for a more performance-centric tablet with a better screen then iPad Pros are the better choice.
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