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Being lighter would make it easier to hold over a long period of time, especially if, like me, you like to lie on your back in bed and hold your tablet in the air over your face while watching Netflix and reading. It might not hurt as much when you drop it on your face, which would be nice.
Beyond the lessened threat to my face, most of the hardware improvements will become more evident over time, as developers utilize the new 64-bit architecture of the A7 processor.
Nice Six Million Dollar Man reference by the way (although it is "Steve Ausin").