With every new product launch, Apple gets the opportunity to boast about its fan following. This time, devotion for Apple products was seen through Firoze Mistry, a Pali HIll resident, who was standing in line for many hours to be the first one from Mumbai to get hold of the new iPad Air.
Manager at a packaging company, 43-year-old Mistry is a hardcore Apple loyalist. All his personal gadgets are from Apple.
'When I heard about the iPad Air, I could not wait to get my hands on it. I am so glad that the devices have come to India this early," he said waiting patiently for the sales to begin.
Apple began sales of the new devices at 5pm. Mistry was the first one from Mumbai to own the iPad Air.
" I feel proud to be the first guy from this city to own an Apple flagship product. I have never really waited in line for anything. Feel like all my hard work has paid off," he enthused.
Mistry bought the 128 GB variant claiming he will be using it mainly for work. A long queue of similar Apple loyalists were waiting patiently at Phoenix Mills to buy the device.
The iPad Air is priced at Rs 35,900 for the 16GB variant, Rs 42,900 for the 32GB variant, Rs49,900 for the 64GB variant and Rs, 56,900 for the 128 GB variant for the Wifi only devices. For the Wifi and Cellular (4G) devices, the device is priced at Rs44,900 for 16GB variant, Rs 51,900 for the 32GB variant, Rs 58,900 for the 64GB variant and Rs 65,900 for the 128GB variant.
The iPad Air is just 7.5mm thick and weighs 454grams, making it the thinnest and lightest full-sized iPad to date. The 64-bit A7 processor in the iPad Air has double the performance of the previous generation and adds performance and security benefits, along with potential reductions in complexity of both hardware and software, which should aid reliability. The iPad Air dons a 9.7-inch screen (diagonally) display and has a 5 megapixel back and 1.2 megapixel front camera.
Where graphics are concerned, the iPad Air is 72 times faster than the original iPad in GPU performance, according to Apple.
The iPad Air was well recieved globally. During the biggest online shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, iPad Air saw the most amount of sales as compared to other Apple devices
It would be interesting to see if Apple introduces EMI and buyback schemes for these devices to boost sales in India.
Apple's new iPads have to compete with the newly launched Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 510.