Apple unveiled the iPad Air, its thinnest and lightest full-size iPad yet

Apple has officially announced the latest version of its iPad tablet. The newly named iPad Air features a design that’s reminiscent of the iPad mini released last year. It’s thinner and lighter than prior versions, and features a smaller bezel, which shrinks the footprint of the tablet down without compromising on screen size. Apple says it’s 20 percent thinner at only 7.5mm thick, and weighs just 1.0 pound (28 percent less than the previous iPad). The screen remains the same; it’s a 9.7-inch Retina Display with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. This is the first major redesign of Apple’s flagship tablet since the iPad 2 was released in March 2011.

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The new iPad Air is unbelievably thin and light. It dropped almost a quarter of the volume of the previous-generation iPad. So it weighs just one gravity-defying pound. But what makes iPad Air truly remarkable is that it packs so much more power and capability into its sleek enclosure. So you can do even more with it, while carrying even less with you. And yet it’s so much more powerful and capable. With the A7 chip, advanced wireless, and great apps for productivity and creativity — all beautifully integrated with iOS 7 — iPad Air lets you do more than you ever imagined.

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The iPad Air is 43 percent thinner than the previous generation at 7.5 mm thin and weighs 1 pound. Inside the iPad Air runs on Apple’s A7 chip, has a 64-bit desktop architecture, includes the M7 chip that was introduced with the iPhone 5S. Apple’s new iPad will have a 5 megapixel camera, 1080p HD video and keep the 9.7-inch Retina display. The iPad Air will replace the full-sized iPad, but Apple will still make the iPad 2 available for $399. The iPad Air goes on sale Nov. 1, starting at $499 for a 16 GB model.

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