Apple unveiled what’s next for their tablet devices at the tech company’s fall event in San Francisco on Tuesday – an iPad Air and the much-anticipated iPad Mini with Retina display.

The iPad Air, Apple’s latest model of their full-sized tablet, maintains its screen size (9.7-inch Retina display with 2048×1536 pixel resolution) while trimming the device’s overall size and weight. At 7.5mm thick, the iPad Air is 20% thinner than the previous model, reported The Verge. It’s also 28% lighter, weighing in at just 1.0 pound. The new iPad retains its screen size via a smaller bezel.

As far an interior specs, the iPad air features the iPhone 5s’ 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion coprocessor. The software upgrade will make the iPad 8 times faster and equipped with 72 times better graphic performances, according to Apple. Boasting 10 hours of battery life, the iPad Air also has a 5-mexapixel iSight Camera and FaceTime HD front-facing camera.

The upgraded iPad Mini, as expected, will come with the Retina display and the new A7 Apple Chip, according to Apple executive Phil Shiller.


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The iPad Air, which will be available Nov. 1, will cost $499 for the 16GB version. The new iPad mini, due out later in November, will cost $399 for the 16 GB version.

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