Apple’s New iPad Air Launches November 1, Should I Upgrade?

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When Apple announces a new product, the excitement and fervor always sends me spinning. I usually end every keynote with the thought, “I want that.” After a few hours, I usually come down off of the high and realize that I don’t need it, even if I do want it. After a few days, I might decide not to buy it at all. The iPad Air passed all of my stages and is still on my want list. If you are thinking about upgrading, read Sam’s reasons for why he isn’t and then read my reasons for why I am.

Size Consideration

iPad AirThe iPad Air weighs in at just one pound. For someone who uses their iPad all the time for all kinds of activities, a half of a pound makes a lot of difference. I’m pretty sure my biceps are a little bit bigger from all of the times I’ve held my iPad at arm’s length when writing songs, reading books, and playing games.

The new Apple tablet is also almost an inch thinner than its predecessor. While my hand is probably too small to palm the 6.6-inch wide device, its narrow body will make it easier to fit into pockets and purses that it only barely squeezed into before.

Speed Consideration

A7 ChipFaster, faster, faster. The iPad Air has twice the CPU and graphics performance of the fourth-generation iPad. The 64-bit processor chip makes Apple’s tablet the first to have such technology. For a gamer and musician like me, the added performance is the biggest selling point. As technology increases, massive explorative games will play seamlessly on the iPad. I can’t even imagine how amazing full recording apps like Pro Tools would work on the iPad.

At the moment, there isn’t much 64-bit mobile software out there. However, considering developers focus more on iOS than any other mobile operating system, it is just a matter of time before apps catch up with Apple technology. The sky is the limit with the iPad Air.

Wireless Performance

Tablet WiFiApple has finally put some extra effort into improving the iPad’s connection. Thanks to dual antennas and Mobile-In-Mobile-Out (MIMO) technology, the iPad Air is twice as fast at connecting, uploading, and downloading over Wi-Fi. Plus, the cellular models support more LTE bands than ever before. So hitting the road won’t slow you down.


iPad PriceOne great thing about Apple is that it never charges more for new technology. The first iPad launched three years ago for a starting price of $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. The new iPad Air, which is eight times faster, significantly lighter, thinner, and with a much better pixel density, is still the same price. Even with natural economical inflation, Apple has managed to keep the price of its tablet the same since it’s beginnings.

Because of the new design, the faster speeds and better wireless performance, I’ll be sitting in line with hundreds of my Apple-loving friends next Friday at the wee dark hours of the morning, waiting to get my hands on the new iPad Air.

About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik

  • Sam

    Are you really looking forward to running Pro Tools on an iPad? You wouldn’t miss having a big screen (or dual screens) and physical faders and knobs? I like having so much ‘crap’ attached to my production computer. I do, however, like the new Logic App which does so much… not a replacement but a good partnership.

    • Lory Gil

      Have you checked out Aria yet? I can only imagine Pro Tools would look similar to that. Aria is a bit busy on the iPad screen, but the pop up windows make it really easy to access features without feeling confused. Plus, with AirPlay, you could mirror Pro Tools to your T.V. Physical engineering tools are great when you have the space for them, but Pro Tools on my iPad would let me take my studio wherever I want.