iPad Air is Apple’s new tablet

Newest iPad gets a new name, ships on November 1 across the world, starting at $499 – iPad mini gets Retina display also for $399

At its press event today, Apple has just unveiled its new iPad, the iPad Air. It’s the lightest full-size tablet to hit the market, weighing in at just one pound. It’s also a good deal thinner, at just 7.5mm, which is 43 percent slimmer. It has the Apple A7 chip, also found in the iPhone 5S, yielding CPU and graphics performance that is doubled (8x faster than the original iPad from years ago).

Other important features include a 2X increase for game rendering, faster Wi-Fi with Mimo technology, a 5-megapixel camera, dual microphones, and a new FaceTime HD camera. Overall, the iPad Air will still offer 10-hour battery life. It’ll come in sliver/white and grey/black configurations. Shipments start on November 1 around the world, including China right at launch. iPad Air will start at $499, while iPad 2 will be sold for $399.

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