Apple announced its new iPad and iPad mini this week. The new iPad, called the iPad Air, is thinner than a pencil, as light as a package of butter and as fast as a desktop computer. The iPad Air goes on sale on Nov 1, according to an Oct 23 report in CNN.
The fifth generation of Apple's revolutionary tablet has once again taken the crown for the lightest tablet on the market—weighing in at just one pound. Apple's iPad Air is almost one-third lighter than its predecessor, 20 percent thinner and boosts less bezel.
On the inside, Apple has put the new, powerful A7 chip (the same chip in the iPhone 5s) and the cutting-edge M7 motion coprocessor (the same one housed in the new iPhone 5s). These chips promise desktop speed and processing power—along with console-like graphics.
In keeping with Apple's past practice, the iPad has been redesigned and re-engineered with new components, while the price remains the same: A new 16GB Wi-Fi model is just $499. This is the same price as the original iPad—but is 72 times faster! Awesome!
Apple's smaller cousin, iPad mini, is now iPad mini with Retina display because it has, well, a Retina display. It also sports the same A7 and M7 chips as iPad Air, giving the same speed and power as its bigger cousin—but at an even more convenient size and affordable price. The 16GB Wi-Fi model is only $399.
But there's even more!
Both the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display come preloaded with Apple's top-of-the-line desktop-class creativity and productivity suites, “iLife”, and “iWorks”, respectively. These updated and re-designed flagship apps, now free, include:
“iPhoto” for organizing, editing and sharing photos
“iMovie” for creating and sharing trailers or mini-films
“GarageBand” for recording, sharing or playing professional-sounding music
“Pages” for creating documents
“Number” for creating spreadsheets
“Keynote” for creating presentations
All the work that you do in these apps can be shared among all your Apple devices, and updated in any of them. Awesome!
The iPad Air and the iPad mini both come in “Space Gray” and Silver. The iPad Air goes on sale Nov 1, the iPad mini, later next month.