iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What's the difference?
Apple unveiled its latest cutting edge tablet and the first evolution of its iPad Air last week, bringing with it Touch ID technology.
In what seems like no time at all since the iPad Air hit the technology world, the iPad Air 2 brings with it yet more advances which firmly cements Apple at the highest end of luxury tablet.
But how different is this newest version? In short, there are two key changes which will be differentiating the iPad Air 2 from its predecessor.
The first is purely from a visual perspective, in that the iPad Air 2 is available in gold just like the iPhone, with Apple not hiding the fact it has been an extremely popular option amongst consumers.
Alongside the gold finish the newer model is also, somewhat remarkably, thinner than the iPad Air by 18 percent. Whether this in fact turns out to be a positive step is to be seen, an intriguing thought given the recent ‘bendgate’ episode with the new iPhone 6.
The iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick, thinner than the newest conventional tablet, the newly-released iPad Mini 3, by 1.4mm thanks to a newly designed Retina display which Apple claims will deliver brighter, richer colours with a better contrast. The iPad Air, like the Mini 3, is 7.5mm thick. The other dimensions remain the same (240mm x 169.5mm).
The new Air 2 is also lighter, weighing in at 437 grams compared with 469 grams for the original iPad Air.
However, the major headline is the advent of Touch ID. Not only will users be able to unlock their iPad Air 2s via their fingerprint, they will also be able to unlock apps and even do their shopping with online retailers that are equipped with Apple Pay. Touch ID is also available in the iPad Mini 3.
Other features and upgrades to the iPad Air 2 include:
- An anti-reflective coating which could reduce reflections by more than 50 percent.
- Faster touch tracking systems with more responsive swiping.
- An A8X chip which speeds up performance by 40 percent compared to the previous generation A7 chip models. This is great news for gamers and Apple claims it will not reduce the 10 hour battery life seen in the original iPad Air.
- Improved FaceTime camera, now in HD and 81 percent more light than the original iPad Air.
- Improved WiFi connectivity thanks to 802.11ac technology.
Prices range from £399 to £659 depending on memory size (16-128GB) and cellular connectivity. The cheapest iPad Air is still on sale for £319.
NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation
NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.
NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks.
“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.
The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.
“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.
“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.
Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.
Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.
“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.
Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:
- Expertise - NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
- Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
- Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
- Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
- Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.
NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA
“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region.
“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services.
“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings.
“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture. We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”
Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.