iPad & Tablets: Apple iPad Air
News & Reviews: Apple iPad Air
Oct 29, 2014
Another year, another new Apple iPad mini tablet. However, this year's Apple iPad mini 3 does not really bring much innovation or change to the table, unlike the previous Apple iPad mini 2 which was basically a smaller Apple iPad Air. Updating our previous comparison article on which Apple iPad mini to buy we are now doing a comparison article between the Apple iPad mini 3, Apple iPad mini 2 and Apple iPad mini. If you've been wanting one and wondering which Apple iPad mini tablet to buy then read on and find out.
Oct 27, 2014
It seems inevitable that other Apple products will get a bend test as well, especially after how easily the Apple iPhone 6 Plus bent due to bare hand force. This time around the 6.1mm thin Apple iPad Air 2 goes through the bend test and rather predictably, breaks. While we're not surprised at such a thin and big device bending or snapping in half, it appears that you do need a good deal of strength to bend it. If you've got pencils for arms then you probably won't have to worry too much about it. In the meantime, do check out the iPad Air 2 bend test video in this article.
Oct 17, 2014
The Apple iPad Air 2 was officially announced yesterday. At first glance, the overall design may look the same but the tablet is now 18% thinner at 6.1mm thin and 435g. Other notable design changes include removing the mute button and slanting the volume rocker diagonally, allowing the tablet to achieve it's 6.1mm thinness. Apple also laminated it's 9.7-inch screen, combining the cover glass, touch sensor and LCD into one thinner optically fused layer. However, resolution remains the same at 2048 x 1536 pixels, but at least Apple have included an anti-reflective coating as well.
Oct 16, 2014
While we've yet to see any news on Malaysia release dates or pricing for the Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the Apple Malaysia Store has already revealed the updated pricing for the previous Apple iPad tablets. This includes a price drop for all of the tablets including the iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini 2 of about RM150 to RM300 or so for each. The iPad mini now only has 16GB versions, while the iPad mini 2 has 16GB and 32GB versions. The previous iPad 4 has also been removed from listings, leaving the iPad Air with 16GB and 32GB versions. Check out the updated pricing for the Apple iPad tablets below:
- Apple iPad mini (WiFi, 16GB) ~ RM799
- Apple iPad mini (WiFi + Cellular, 16GB) ~ RM1299
- Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi, 16GB) ~ RM969
- Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi + Cellular, 16GB) ~ RM1399
- Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi, 32GB) ~ RM1139
- Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi + Cellular, 32GB) ~ RM1569
- Apple iPad Air (WiFi, 16GB) ~ RM1279
- Apple iPad Air (WiFi + Cellular, 16GB) ~ RM1699
- Apple iPad Air (WiFi, 32GB) ~ RM1449
- Apple iPad Air (WiFi + Cellular, 32GB) ~ RM1869
Oct 16, 2014
A user manual containing stats and images of the upcoming Apple iPad Air 2 and Apple iPad mini 3 recently appeared on Apple's own site. It was quickly taken down but not before leaking stats and images of the upcoming tablets set to be announced tonight. The leak doesn't reveal much in terms of tech specs but does reveal some features such as a Touch ID fingerprint sensor for both tablets and a Burst mode for the camera on the Apple iPad Air 2. The manual also confirms the names as Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 which could mean an expanded inventory at the Apple store rather than an outright replacement. No Malaysia release dates or pricing just yet but we expect it to arrive in Malaysia sometime in November or December of 2014.
Sep 24, 2014
Reports from Taiwan say that the next Apple iPad Air which probably won't be called the iPad Air 2 may be coming next month in October. While there isn't any Malaysia release date, the report was very specific, pointing to 21 October 2014 as the reveal date for the tablet. Tech specs and features about the upcoming tablet have not been many with some saying that it could pack in a new A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, a redesigned speaker and possibly a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. While we're quite certain about the A8 processor and Touch ID scanner, we'd advise you to take a pinch of salt regarding the other rumoured tech specs. Unfortunately, the reports go on to say that the next Apple iPad mini or iPad mini 3 will only be coming in early 2015. Granted, it was a bit late last year but it could also be late this year as well so take this rumour with a pinch of salt too. The 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro is expected to be announced as well, but again there are no specific Malaysia release dates or pricing details yet.
Sep 18, 2014
With the Apple iPhone 6 and Watch officially announced, the next device in the Apple stable will likely be the Apple iPads with a rumoured announcement set for 21 October 2014. This rumour comes from insiders supposedly, so do take it with a good pinch of salt. However, the previous iPad announcements did come in October around this time as well, so it could be possible. For now, there is no definite news on what will be available for the iPad. We are expecting an A8 chip refresh for both the Apple iPad Air and iPad mini along with a TouchID fingerprint sensor, but apart from that nothing else is definite. There are rumours about a 12.2-inch iPad Pro tablet but again, this is still very much a rumour.
Jun 25, 2014
The recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablets have been tested by DisplayMate as the best displays on a tablet yet. For those who don't know, DisplayMate produces display calibration, evaluation and diagnostic products so they are experts when it comes to displays. For the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets, tests included the screen performance, highest colour accuracy, lower screen reflectance and smallest brightness variation with viewing angles with the tablets getting the best in all these tests. While the tablets did score the best in the aforementioned tests, it didn't offer the same in terms of brightness but at 546 nits, this is still an impressive number. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are the first to pack in Super AMOLED screens of this size since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and should mark wider usage of Super AMOLED screens in other devices as well. For the record, the Apple iPad Air is rated as third best according to DisplayMate, but for a full tech spec comparison do check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Apple iPad Air comparison tool.
Jun 18, 2014
Mockups or dummy versions of the Apple iPad Air 2 have appeared, this time showing that the next generation iPad tablet will have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the Home button. The new tablet weighs in at 484g, compared to the 469g of the WiFi version for the current Apple iPad Air. In terms of design, nothing else seems to be different. Unfortunately, there are no details on other tech specs or features but the iPad Air 2 is expected to come with the Apple A8 processor, picking up from the Apple A7 processor from last year. As always with such rumours, do take this with a pinch of salt, as these could be dummies or mockups for an entirely different tablet (which has happened before).
Apr 23, 2014
The next Apple iPhone isn't the only device rumours are swirling about as the front panel for the what could be the next Apple iPad has leaked. This has happened before apparently as the previous leak showed that the Apple iPad Air would follow the iPad mini's design. This new leak doesn't differ that much from the current front panel but it does show that it will be glued to the rear of the frame, making it both thinner and a lot harder to take apart or put back together for repairs. Tech specs and features for the next Apple iPad have yet to be confirmed but rumours say that it will be powered by a 64-bit A8 processor and have an Apple Touch ID along with an 8MP rear camera upgrade. As always with such leaks and rumours, it could very well be the front panel for a different tablet altogether, so take this rumour with a healthy dose of salt.