iPad Air adoption five times higher than previous generation during opening weekend
Apple’s new wave of iPads might be missing some anticipated features like Touch ID but that isn’t doing much to deter customer interest. According to mobile analytics outfit Fiksu, the iPad Air’s adoption rate is five times higher than of the previous generation tablet, three times the adoption rate of last year’s iPad mini and twice as high as the two devices combined.
The firm found the Air accounted for 0.75 percent of all iPads in the wild as of Sunday night. During their own respective launch weekends, the fourth generation iPad accounted for 0.34 percent of all iPads while the mini was responsible for 0.35 percent.
Even still, the second generation iPad is the most used Apple tablet among consumers at 37.1 percent. The previous generation slate sits in second place at 22.5 percent with the iPad mini coming in a close third at 20.8 percent. Rounding out the top five is the iPad 3 at 18.5 percent and the new Air at 0.8 percent. Interestingly enough, only 0.4 percent of iPad users still work with the first generation device launched in 2010.
The second generation iPad mini with Retina display is expected to launch sometime later this month. It’s priced starting at $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model which is a pretty steep price compared to other similarly-sized tablets like the Nexus 7. It’ll be available in the same silver / white and black / space gray color options as the Air.
The iPad Air is the fifth generation of Apple's highly remarkable tablet. It features a 9.7 inch Retina display and is powered by a 64 bit, A7 chip running iOS 7. Other features includes a 5MP camera that shoots HD video, an improved front facing FaceTime camera, Siri and dual microphones. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of storage. Last but not least, the iPad Air weighs only 1 pound.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
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