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Apple quietly changes iPad Air, Retina mini batteries

Apple’s new iPads — the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display — have quietly undergone significant battery changes from their prior incarnations, iLounge has learned. The iPad Air actually has a much smaller battery than the fourth-generation iPad — 32.4-Watt-hours compared to the previous model’s 42.5-Watt-hours; as a result, the battery should recharge faster, coming closer to the four-hour refueling times required from the iPad and iPad 2 than the five- to six-hours of the last two iPads.

Meanwhile, the Retina iPad mini is moving up to 23.8-Watt-hours from 16.3-Watt-hours in the original iPad mini—a 46% increase in battery size that will change how the new model works with external battery packs. Apple is now including a 10W charger to reduce recharging time. To read about the battery changes and more under-the-radar features in the new iPads, read our newest Ten Things You Didn’t Know article.

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“Somebody needs to look into what kind of display tech is in these iPads as well as how much aluminum and other things.  How exactly did they do this with so little battery and so little weight?”

I think the difference is in the improved power efficiency of the A7 chip.

Posted by John on October 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM (CDT)

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