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November Apple Releases 2013: iPad Air and iPad Mini With Retina Display

At the live media event in San Francisco on October 22, 2013, Apple announced the upcoming release of the iPad Air, the fifth generation of the popular tablet. Although the iPad Air is the iPad 5, the number refers only to its generation as it pertains to upgrades to the model. Apple also announced that it would replace the iPad 4, but the full-size version of the device, the iPad 2, will still be available.

The newest tablet was released on Friday, November 1st, in time to generate enough buzz to drive sales up over the Christmas holiday season.

What's New in the iPad Air?


The new iPad Air features a 9.7-inch display, a sleek, thin design, an updated processor chip, and improved pixel quality on both the front and rear cameras. It is 20% thinner than the older iPad 4, and weighs only 1lb.

The 64-bit processor will have an A7 chip, the same chip that Apple put in the iPhone 5. There will be Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular versions available, and the cellular versions will be multi-LTE band reception.

Benefits from Previous iPad Versions

Apple is boasting that by replacing the old processor with the new one, the tablet will be 8x faster than the first model. The graphics processor will be 72x faster than the original. The 32-watt rechargeable lithium battery should power the device for 10 hours. The new iPad Air is 7.5 mm thick, 240 mm high, and 169 mm wide, and the 1lb weight makes it the lightest tablet on the market.

As with previous iPad models, several versions will be sold, with different hard drive capacities. The cheapest model is a 16 GB, followed by 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB versions.

iPad Mini With Retina Display

In another big announcement, Apple revealed that a new version of the iPad Mini with Retina Display would be available by the end of November. The new, updated version of the iPad Mini is a 7.9-inch device with screen resolution of 2,048 x 1536. It will contain the same 64-bit A7 processor used in the iPad Air, and a M7 motion coprocessor. Another difference is that the retina display results in a heavier device than the previous version. Like the iPad Air, the new mini will come in 16 GB to 120 GB versions with both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+ cell capability.

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