Apple Reveals The Lightest Full-Sized Tablet, Built More Resourcefully

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Apple revealed the iPad Air, touting environmental benefits, and also that it is the lightest full-sized tablet in the world, weighing in at a measly pound!

iPad Air.  Image obtained with thanks from Apple.
iPad Air.
Image obtained with thanks from Apple.

They said it is 20% thinner, and 28% lighter than the iPad 4. The environmental benefits are primarily the reduced quantity of materials to manufacture it. For example, it requires 86 grams of aluminium, which is 49 grams less than the 135 grams that the iPad 3 required. They also said that its standby power consumption is 20% less than that of  its predecessor.

The world could certainly benefit from the conservation of aluminium in the long run.

“iPad created an entirely new mobile computing experience, and the new iPad Air is another big leap ahead. It is so thin, light and powerful, once you hold one in your hand you will understand what a tremendous advancement this is,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad Air with its 9.7-inch Retina display weighs just one pound and packs the incredible performance of iOS 7 running on a 64-bit desktop-class Apple A7 chip, and delivers all-day battery life in the lightest full-sized tablet in the world.”

The reduced aluminium content may be to thank for about 10% of the iPad Air’s weight reduction.

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Source: Apple