Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s latest tablet – the iPad Air is now available for sale, and the reviews are already in. As per the reviews, this is the best iPad yet, as it’s thinner, lighter and yet more powerful than its predecessors. So how has Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) managed to do this? Don’t worry, there’s no sorcery involved in this. Let’s first see what the experts at iFixit have to say about the gadget in their teardown.

iFixit teardown if iPad Air

iFixit found in their teardown of the iPad Air that the device features two cells rated at 32.9 WHr capacity, while the last generation iPad had the three cell battery rated at 43 WHr. This ultimately means that the battery is “decidedly less monstrous” than the previous generation of the iPad.


As you can see in the image above, the battery dominates a big area on the internal side, this means if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has found a way to make this battery smaller and lighter, then it would cut down the size and weight of the iPad Air. For sure, one of the area where iPad Air gets improvement is in the battery area.

iPad Air Design

According to iPad Air’s design page, Apple says that they’ve managed to do a 24 percent reduction in overall volume. “We shaved fractions of millimeters off many components. By reducing their thickness, we were able to make iPad Air far thinner and lighter.”

Apart from the battery, the new aluminum unibody construction and smaller bezel means reduction in overall aluminum content, thereby resulting in reduced weight.


The A7 Chip

Also the new A7 chip delivers a power-efficient performance, without compromising on performance. In fact, the A7 processor, as per Apple, is the “most powerful chip we’ve built to date.” It brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to iPad, and is up to 2x faster than the previous generation in both CPU and graphics performance.

If we look closely at the innards, it comprises of the changes that make the iPad lighter, thinner and that too, without compromising on the performance.