Apple iPad Air and new Retina iPad mini unveiled

Written by Edward Chester

October 22, 2013 // 6:30 p.m.

Tags: #apple #ipad #ipad-air

Apple has announced the iPad Air, a new thinner, lighter variation on its full-size iPad, as well as a new Retina Display-touting iPad mini.

Frustrating many a tech site by not calling it the iPad 5, or new iPad 5 even, Apple has otherwise revealed what many were expecting and indeed hoping for with its new full-size tablet.

The new model sports a similar design to the iPad mini, with a much slimmer bezel and squarer sides, and is only 450g in weight. Overall thickness has also dropped to just 7.5mm. This isn't quite as slim as the Sony Xperia Z tablet but is still impressive.

Inside is an Apple A7 processor with M7 motion co-processor, the former of which Apple claims is 8x faster than previous models and with 72x faster graphics. Battery life hasn't changed, though, with it remaining at 10hours.

WiFi AC is included as well as dual microphones, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1080p video recording.

Pricing for the new model, which replaces the existing one, starts at $499 for $16GB, and $629 for the 4G version. The iPad 2 will again remain, though at rather high price of $399.

Apple iPad Air and new Retina iPad mini unveiled

As for the iPad mini, the new model has the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as its bigger brother, as well as the same internal specs, with an A7 processor, AC WiFi, and 10 hours battery life.

Pricing will start at $399 with Wi-Fi, $529 with mobile data, while the existing iPad mini will remain, at a price of $299.

Apple has also revealed new MacBook Pro with Retina Display and Mac Pro models.

Image Credit: The Verge

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