The Philippines will be getting the Apple iPad Air almost on the same day as the Cupertino company's key markets including the US and UK -- thanks to Kimstore, the most trusted online store in the country.

Apple iPad Air, iPad Air Philippines, iPad 5th Generation

Running on a new, more powerful processor and flaunting a completely redesigned anodized aluminum shell, the fifth generation iPad is the thinnest and lightest full-sized tablet Apple has released to date.

Apple iPad Air, iPad Air Philippines, iPad 5th Generation

Trading the fourth generation iPad's tapered sides for an even slimmer, more feather-weight case, the Apple iPad Air is simply the larger version of the iPad Mini with Retina Display (which, with its screen turned off, looks exactly like last year's iPad Mini) even having similar innards.

Apple iPad Air, iPad Air Philippines, iPad 5th Generation

Inside its shell, Apple iPad Air runs iOS 7 operating system with the all new Apple A7 processor - that also powers iPhone 5S (albeit there are reports saying iPad Air's A7 chip is slightly different from that on the new iPhone) - bringing the 64-bit desktop-class architecture to company's tablet category. This chipset makes the overall Apple slate experience faster and better than ever, from launching apps and retouching photos to playing graphic-intensive games and editing videos - previously only possible on Macs, PCs and gaming consoles - all while delivering great battery life. Note that last year's iPad with Retina Display merely had an Apple A6X processor.

Apple iPad Air, iPad Air Philippines, iPad 5th Generation

Aside from the A7 processor, the fifth-gen iPad also features the new M7 motion co-processor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the Apple A7 chipset for improved power efficiency -- helping the tablet's built-in 32.4-watt-hour rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery to provide a long, 10-hour uptime. The M7 motion coprocessor continuously measures your motion data, even when the device is asleep, and saves battery life for the pedometer and other apps that regularly use the accelerometer.

Apple iPad Air, iPad Air Philippines, iPad 5th Generation

So should you upgrade to Apple iPad Air from your iPad4 or iPad with Retina Display? If you do a side-by-side comparison, you will see that the new iPad has exactly same Retina Display (same screen size, same resolution, same pixel density) and the same imaging and video recording capabilities as your current device. And if you're not really fond of playing specs-intensive games on your slate, you most likely won't even notice any significant improvement in performance on the fifth-gen release. Also, I don't think the 2012 slate will have any problems whatsoever running iOS7 and all the updated apps by Apple that comes with it.

Apple iPad Air, iPad Air Philippines, iPad 5th Generation
Compared to last year's iPad, the iPad Air is 1.2 millimeters thinner, 16.2 millimeters slimmer, and 183 grams lighter; The difference in thickness is not much but you'll definitely notice the difference in width and weight.

In terms of technical specifications and the actual software performance, clearly, you won't find too many reasons to purchase the new release. However, if you want a lighter full-sized iPad and you don't want to be caught carrying an Apple product with an outdated design, then - by all means - upgrade to the iPad Air.

TP Friends, Kimstore is now taking pre-orders for the Apple iPad Air (brand new and complete with 1 Year Apple Warranty); If you place your order today, you will get your unit on Monday, November 4, 2013. Stocks are very limited so you might want to give Kimstore a ring at +63905-320-1818, +63922-885-9799, +63908-886-9799 or (02) 904-2966 as soon as possible. Kindly check our Apple iPad Air complete technical specifications table below to see Kim's full price schedule for the slate as of today, November 2, 2013.

So you'd rather wait for the official launch of iPad Air in the Philippines before making a purchase? Looking back at the extremely late sanctioned iPhone and iPad releases in Pinas for the past 3 years, it's obvious that our country is hardly one of Apple's key or priority markets for its products. Frankly, despite the fact that the Philippines is the fastest growing market for smartphones (and I'm sure for other electronic devices as well) in the whole of Asia Pacific, we're still one of the last countries to get fresh releases from the Cupertino company, which is very sad. That said, I'm personally expecting the company's official carriers to bring the slate here sometime in Q1 2014. If you're willing to wait that long, good for you.

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Apple iPad Air (5th Generation iPad)
Type Tablet
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions and Weight WiFi Only Version
Height: 9.4 inches (240 mm)
Width: 6.6 inches (169.5 mm)
Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Weight: 1 pound (469 g)

WiFi + Cellular (Nano SIM)
Height: 9.4 inches (240 mm)
Width: 6.6 inches (169.5 mm)
Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Weight: 1.05 pounds (478 g)
Available Colors Space Gray, Silver
Operating System iOS 7
Display Retina display
9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Processor Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
RAM 1GB of RAM
Memory 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB options
Camera Front-Facing FaceTime HD Camera:
1.2MP photos
720p HD video
FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
Face detection
Backside illumination
Tap to control exposure for video or still images
Photo and video geotagging

Main iSight Camera at the Back:
5MP photos
Autofocus
Face detection
Backside illumination
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
ƒ/2.4 aperture
Tap to focus video or still images
Tap to control exposure for video or still images
Photo and video geotagging
HDR photos
Video Capture 1080p HD
video recording
Video stabilization
Face detection
Tap to focus
while recording
Backside illumination
3x video zoom
Audio and Video Playback Audio: Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: 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
User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video: AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) at 720p
AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 720p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter; video playback up to 1080p (sold separately)
Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 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
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, 9-pin Lightning dock connector port
Connectivity For WiFi Only:
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology,

For WiFi+Cellular model:
additional UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
Data only
Sensors Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Battery Built-in 32.4-watt-hour, non-removable, rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery
Uptime Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on watching video, Wi-Fi, or listening to music
Announcement October 22, 2013
Availability Philippines: Kimstore, November 2013
Price Kimstore (As of November 2, 2013):
WiFi Only
16GB - Php 23,580
32GB - Php 27,880
64GB - Php 32,680
128GB - Php 35,880

WiFi + Cellular (4G)
16GB - Php 29,380
32GB - Php 33,780
64GB - Php 39,780
128GB - Php 43,440