Story by Thomas Scearce
Each and every year, Apple unveils a line of thinner, faster more attractive products. This was clear in September with the release of the iPhone 5s and last year with the arrival of the highly anticipated iPad Mini.
On Friday, however, Apple released a new product that will give the iPad Mini a run for its money: the iPad Air.
This shiny, new toy boasts an advanced A7 chip for more productivity, advanced wireless capabilities to make everything run smoothly, an array of new apps and advanced retina display, all while being 28 percent lighter, 20 percent thinner and weighing just one pound.
But even with all of these fancy upgrades, are students willing to buy it, even if they already own a similar technology?
First-year International Business major Whitney Hanson said she would give up her second generation iPad for an iPad Air mostly for its convenience.
“It’s new technology, it’s lighter and faster. Why wouldn’t you want to get one?” Hanson said. “The fact that it is lighter makes it more portable, and that’s the main reason why I would get one.”
However, first-year actuarial science and finance major Krysta Thomason thinks the improvements aren’t worth an exchange, especially if you already own an iPad Mini.
“I would not get an air. I love my iPad Mini,” Thomason said. “The reason why I love it is because it’s a compact size, and it can fit almost anywhere, like my purse. And even though the Air is lighter, I feel that the lightness will make it more fragile an accident prone, which isn’t good for college students.”
Thomason said she does believe, however, that the iPad Air could be beneficial to certain people.
“I would recommend it to someone in the business world. I think it would be more convenient to take notes and give presentations on than a regular iPad,” Thomason said.
Some students see the constant release of new Apple products as boring and repetitive.
“I don’t get it. I think they are running out new, innovative ideas, so they just keep updating the old stuff,” said first-year international relations major Kerstin Donat.
On the other hand, some view it as beneficial to the technological future.
“I like that they keep updating it because I love to see all of the innovative ways they are improving technology,” Hanson said.
Thomason said she still believes some form of technology is necessary for college students and offers some advice on how to find it.
“You just need to consider what you’re looking for and how a tablet will benefit you,” Thomason said. “There’s a type of technology out there for everyone, and it will pay off in the long run for college students.”