Now that Apple upgraded their whole product line this autumn, one would think the Cupertino based corporation will descend into obscurity until next releasing season. One would be utterly wrong in this case as a new iPad is rumoured to launch this spring.
Back in 2010 when Steve Jobs presented the first iPad, he claimed that the “correct” size of a tablet is around 10″. He also added that 7 and 8 inch tablets are too big to act as a phone and too small to be able to replace a computer. Two years later the iPad Mini saw the light of the day.
Now, in 2014, Apple released a larger iPhone and it seems people are leaving their iPad Minis behind in favor of the smaller phones. This probably led Apple to work on a so-called 12.2″ iPad Air Plus. Leaked sizes are the following 305.31 x 220.8 x 7 mm (12 x 8.7 x .28 inches or 2.5 x 2 x .005 bananas). This product is to be, as many believe, a direct competitor against the Microsoft Surface hybrids.
The difference is that the Microsoft tablet is capable of running a fully integrated Windows 8 with all features, games and software created for Windows. It is too early to determine whether the new iPad runs OS X or iOS, however we already have the MacBook Air which has a similar size. Furthermore, the iPad Air is already large enough even for those who use it for work-related purposes. It seems that the Air Pro may have difficulties to excell at anything given the already existing models. Unless, of course Apple will discontinue the MacBook Air and replace it with the rumoured (and hopefully hybrid) iPad Air Plus. I’m saying hopefully because a larger iPad running iOS is redundant, whereas a more portable OS X with touchscreen based input is the next logical for Apple.
Source: Mac Fan
At the cost of $800 dollars you can purchase the developer edition, the so-called “dev platforms”. These devices come with the latest iteration of Google’s Android, which is optimised for the 64 bits CPUs.
The star of the show, the Snapdragon 810 chipset consists of four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, which are 20nm CPUs. These are estimated to be 50% more powerful than the 32bit CPU on Snapdragon 805.
In terms of graphics processing, the Adreno 430 GPU is 30% faster than the Adreno 420. As a result of this the terminal is capable of 4K video encoding at 30fps and 1080p at 120fps.
Despite that the CPU supports camera units of up to 55 Megapixels, the terminal “only” has a 13 Megapixels rear facing camera with dual LED flash. What is great about this camera is the optical image stabilisation. The front facing camera is a 4 Megapixel one capable of auto-focus.
When it comes to memory, the developer unit is equipped with 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM and 32 GB of storage. It also has a microSD slot located under the battery door.
The screen is enormous at 6.17″ at a 1600×2560 resolution. Like many others, it recognises multitouch of up to 10 points.
When it comes to sensors, the “dev-platform” has yet to disappoint. We are looking at a 3 axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, pressure sensor, UV sensor, humidity sensor, 8 microphones and a Mobean sensor.
More connectivy feature are the 3.0 USB, bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. It also features a 11.1 sound with Dolby and DTS. The hardware buttons of this device ar the power(upper right) and the volume buttons (upper left).
Other features on this device are a fringerprint reader located on the back and a tri-color notification LED.
The only downside found in the spec sheet is the battery, which is rather small compared to the screen. The capacity of 3020mAh could barely last a full day of heavy usage. On the other hand, this terminal is intended for development purposes and not as a main device.
I find this device very attractive at this point since it features the latest software and cutting edge hardware. It can be ordered now from Qualcomm and it should arrive by mid-December.
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Have a good one!