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Apple launches iPad Air & iPad Mini with Retina Display

Thinner, lighter, faster

by Mark Hodgkinson Oct 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM


  • Apple took to the stage last night to launch their latest tablets and managed to surprise onlookers with the reveals.
    iPad Air

    The new iPad Air is much smaller and lighter than most expected but should sacrifice nothing in performance terms. At just 7.5mm thick, the iPad Air is 20 percent thinner than its predecessor and it weighs in at only 0.45Kg, compared to 0.65Kg. Whilst 20g might not sound much, we think it will make a big difference when held over long periods.
    Whilst 200g might not sound much, we think it will make a big difference when held over long periods.
    Apple iPad Air

    The 9.7-inch screen remains, as does the 2,048 × 1,536 resolution. Internally, the new A7 system chip doubles the iPad Air's graphics and processing performance, according to Apple.

    Available colours will be silver and space grey when it goes on sale on November 1, priced from £399.

    iPad Mini 2

    Everyone was expecting Apple to ramp up the screen resolution in the new iPad Mini, and they duly obliged, giving the iPad Mini 2 the Retina Display treatment and a resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 326ppi - which is identical to the bigger versions.

    In fact, the iPad Mini 2 is now all but just a shrunken down iPad Air, boasting the same A7 processor and computational performance.

    Apple iPad Air

    Design wise, it's a doppelganger for the original iPad Mini and will also be available in Space Grey and Silver. The Wi-Fi only 16B model starts at £319, with prices going all the way up to £659 for the 64GB, 4G ready version, so it aint cheap.
    the iPad Mini 2 is now all but just a shrunken down iPad Air, boasting the same A7 processor and computational performance.

    Like the iPad Air, the iPad Mini 2 launches on November 1st.

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