Apple introduced iPad Air and upgraded iPad Mini
Today, we are covering the big Apple event in San Francisco. A few minutes ago, Apple has introduced in California its new products – the iPad Air and the improved iPad Mini, both presented by Tim Cook. The fifth generation iPad is called iPad Air. The new tablet is lighter (just 1 pound) and thinner than the previous models launched in 2012. According to Apple, the iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and it’s now only 7.5 mm thick.
The tablet gets the sleeker design of its smaller brother – the iPad mini, without compromising on screen size. The iPad Air inherits the 9.7-inch high-resolution Retina display with a 1536 x 2048 pixel resolution. The tablet has an improved 5 MP iSight camera, an HD front-facing shooter and a 10 hours of battery life. iPad Air features a new 64-bit A7 processor which is said to be 8 times faster than the current. At the same time, the 64-bit CPU promises a 72 times better graphic performance for extraordinary user experience. iPad Air is available in white and silver for $499 and $629 for the Wi-Fi and the cellular version respectively. Sales start on November 1.
At the same time, iPad Mini is getting upgraded. The new version will be getting a Retina display with a 2048 x 1536p resolution. Apple has put the same 64-bit processor as in the Apple iPad Air and the iPhone 5S. Apple iPad Mini will be available in November for $399 and $529 with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, respectively. The old iPad Mini from 2012 gets a price cut to $299 becoming Apple’s entry level tablet.
Apple has also announced that the iPad 2 will be kept in the winter / spring line-up, priced at $399.