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Posted October 22nd, 2013
This Tuesday, Apple had many exciting announcements. We'll start with the star attraction, the iPad Air - the 5th generation iPad. This iPad is the first major redesign since Steve Jobs announced the iPad 2 in 2011. It has the same 9.7-inch screen, but a thinner bezel, so the iPad is thinner overall. It is thinner as well, and it also weighs nearly half as much as the previous generation, at exactly one pound, hence "Air."
Overall, the exterior of the iPad Air borrow elements from its cousin, the iPad mini. As far as the inside, it has the same 64-bit A7 processor as the iPhone 5S, introduced last month. Having a 64-bit processor opens up so many possibilities for intensive, sophisticated apps. Speaking of the iPad mini, the 2nd generation iPad mini was also announced. This iPad now has a Retina display - 2048x1536 resolution, a huge step up from the previous generation. The difference is quite noticeable, as you know if you have upgraded from an iPad 2 to a 3rd or 4th generation iPad.
Onto the lineup, pricing, and availability. The 1st generation iPad mini will still be sold at $299, down from $329. The 2nd generation iPad mini will be $399. With $399, you can also buy an iPad 2, an older version of the larger, 9.7-inch iPad (with no Retina display). The all-new, redesigned, ultra-thin iPad Air starts at $499, the same is the 4th generation iPad it replaces. The iPad Air will be available November 1st. The iPad mini with Retina display will be available later in November.
According to Apple's website, the iPad mini with Retina display is now available in a 128GB version to accompany the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. The larger iPad was available in a 128GB version as of this past January. In June 2012, Apple introduced the Smart Case, which was similar to the Smart Cover introduced along side the iPad 2 a year prior, except it...
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