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iPad Air

Apple announced the iPad Air, its fifth-generation iPad on October 22. Thinner, lighter, and with a more powerful processor, the 9.7-inch iPad Air with Retina Display brings some design and performance enhancements to the best-selling tablet, but not as many additions as we had hoped for, or as rumors suggested.

The 9.7-inch, one-pound, 7.5mm-thick device feels much better in one hand than it used to, though it's certainly not as portable as the iPad mini — which now has a 2048 x 1536 screen to match the Air's as well. A new A7 chip inside makes the Air eight times faster than the iPad 4, according to Apple. Like Apple's latest smartphone, the Air's A7 also comes with the M7 motion coprocessor, which promises graphics that render at twice the rate of the previous iPad. It has a 5-megapixel iSight camera on the rear that Apple says takes improved low-light shots. And last but not least, the iPad Air has Wi-Fi with MIMO that's two times faster than before and dual built-in microphones that'll help improve the audio quality.

iPad Air will hit stores on November 1st. No pre-orders this time. 16/32/64/128 GB Wi-Fi models should cost $500, $600, $700, and $800. LTE models should cost $630, $730, $830, and $930.



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