he original iPad Air models have the same 9.7″ Retina display as the earlier iPad 3rd Gen and iPad 4th Gen lines, but are “20 percent thinner and 28% lighter” and have a much narrower “bezel” around the display, which makes the iPad Air “feel” quite a bit smaller than its predecessors.
All iPad Air devices — including this Wi-Fi only model (A1474) — are packed in thin white and silver or black and medium colored gunmetal “Space Gray” cases and feature a 9.7″ 2048×1536 (264 ppi) LED-backlit IPS touch-sensitive display, a dual core 1.4 GHz Apple A7 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of flash memory storage (64 GB and 128 GB options discontinued October 16, 2014).
Other notable features include dual cameras — a rear-mounted 5 megapixel “iSight” camera capable of shooting stills and 1080p video and a front-mounted 1.2 megapixel “FaceTime HD” camera capable of shooting stills and 720p video — dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with MIMO capability, and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as dual microphones and speakers. Connectivity to computers, if desired, and power is provided by the Lightning port.
The battery life of this iPad Air model is reportedly 10 hours “surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.”
This Wi-Fi Only model (A1474) does not support 4G LTE connectivity or A-GPS.
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||October 22, 2013*
||March 21, 2016**
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||*Apple releases no official information regarding the amount of onboard RAM although software and hardware analysis has determined it has 1 GB of RAM.
Also see: Is it possible to add external storage to the iPad? How?
||Sync & Charge (Lightning)
||Black or White*
||2048×1536 (264 ppi)
||*The iPad Air models have a 9.7″ IPS LED-backlit 2048 by 1536 display (264 ppi) with an “oleophobic” (oil repellent) coating. They also provide video mirroring and video out support up to 1080p using the “Lightning Digital AV Adapter” and the “Lightning to VGA Adapter.”
Also see: Can the iPad models be used as an external display for a Mac or PC? How?
In Spain, site sponsor iRepairs provides affordable repair and data recovery services. In-person and by mail repair services include displays, batteries, buttons, speakers, antennas, and more for this iPad.
||*All iPad Air configurations support 802.11a/b/g/n on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies (dual band) as well as MIMO.
||Lithium Polymer (32.4 Whr)
||Battery Life (Music):
||*Apple estimates that this iPad Air provides “up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music”.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells replacement batteries for this iPad.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells replacement batteries — as well as glass covers, displays, and other parts and repair tools — for this iPad.
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||iPad Air (Wi-Fi)
||MD785LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black and “Space Gray.” With 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB of storage, also in Space Gray, the order numbers are MD786LL/A, MD787LL/A, and MD898LL/A, respectively. In white and silver, the 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations are MD788LL/A, MD789LL/A, MD790LL/A, and ME906LL/A, respectively.
|Apple Model No:
||A1474 (EMC 2646*)
||The Model Number (external) is unique to this model.
*Please note that the EMC number is not externally listed on this model.
Also see: All iPhones with the A1474 Model Number, the 2646* EMC Number, and the iPad4,1 Model Identifier.
||*With the exception of a couple of minor photography features, this model is fully supported by the last version of iOS 7. It is fully supported by iOS 8 with the notable exception of “Health” functionality. It is supported by iOS 9, but lacks support for the “Split View” interface feature. It is supported by iOS 10, although it does not support the Raise to Wake or Ride-Booking features. It is supported by iOS 11, but it does not support person-to-person payments or Apple Pay Cash nor does it support the minor “Appointment confirmation” feature. It is supported by the last version of iOS 12, as well, with the exception of the Memoji, Camera Effects, ARKit 2, and Siri Suggestions features. It is not supported by iOS 13 or subsequent versions of the iOS.
Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models support iOS 12? Do some models “partially” support iOS 12? Which ones?
||9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29
||1.0 lbs. (469 g)
||Mac OS X 10.6.8
||Windows XP SP2/Vista/7/8
||Apple reports that the iPad Air models support “AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.”
||Apple reports that the iPad Air models support “H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.”
||The iPad Air also includes a Lightning to USB cable and USB power adapter.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells accessories like cases, stands, keyboards, speakers and more for this iPad.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells cases, stands, chargers, docks and even parts for this iPad.
Also see: What is the best external keyboard for the full-size iPad models?
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||*Originally, there were four different price points for this model based on capacity. Regardless of color, 16 GB was US$499, 32 GB was US$599, 64 GB was US$699, and 128 GB was US$799. The final 16 GB and 32 GB configurations were sold for US$399 and US$449, respectively. This model was discontinued altogether on March 21, 2016.
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