Apple has announced the new iPad, which they’re calling iPad Air, to bring the naming convention in line with their Macbook Air laptops. No real surprises-it’s thinner, lighter (1 lb.), and faster than the iPad 4. Apple has opted to not include the TouchID found in the iPhone 5s, presumably because the context for it doesn’t make as much sense for an iPad as it does for an iPhone, at least not yet. iPads are considered mobile devices of course, but not to the extent that an iPhone is. So personally, this isn’t a big deal and may have lowered supply anyway. In any case, price point and battery life remain the same, which is great. The iPad mini 2 was also announced, and despite some doubters, it does indeed have that glorious Retina display.
What was disappointing is that Apple did not mention iOS 7.1 at all, or even 7.0.3, as many were hoping it would, as there have been a number of bugs that need to be fixed ASAP. That being said, it’s still likely the new iPads will ship with 7.1 out of the box, and given that the iPad Air ships Nov. 1st, the 7.1 OTA update could very well be coming soon. At the very least, we should absolutely see 7.0.3 released in the next week or so. Also a little bit of a bummer is the fact that there was no mention of an Apple TV update, either software or hardware, which Apple has done during past fall events. That type of announcement would have fit in nicely with a Steve Jobs-type “one more thing” encore.
Once I manage to grab one of those shiny new Airs, I’ll post my thoughts on it as compared to the iPad 2, since that’s my only real frame of reference.