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Apple's New iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 Pack iPhone 5s' A7 Chip

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Apple's next generation of iPad is the iPad Air.

Aside from OS X Mavericks, new MacBooks Pros, a fresh look at the upcoming cylindrical Mac Pro, Apple also updated its line of iPads. This update has been rumored since before the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C, so it was the number one rumor for today's event. As predicted, the new iPad packs Apple's A7 processor, as well as a new thinner design.

 

In fact, it's down to this design that Apple is renaming this iPad the iPad Air. The iPad Air is 20 percent thinner than the iPad 2 (7.5 mm vs. 8.6 mm) and has a bezel that is 43 percent thinner. It's also significantly lighter than the iPad 2, weighing in at just one pound (the iPad 2 weighs 1.4 pounds). Under the hood, you've got the same 64-bit A7 chip that powers the iPhone 5S, as well as a 9.7-inch Retina display (2048 x 1536 resolution), a 5-megapixel iSight camera, and a 10 hour battery life. Pricing for the iPad Air starts at $499 for the WiFi-only version while the LTE+WiFi version will start at $629. Apple is still selling the iPad 2 at $399.

Now, on to the iPad Mini, which finally has the Retina display we all longed for last year. It also runs on Apple's 64-bit A7 processor, quite a bump from the A5 chipset powering the original iPad Mini. It also boasts a 5-megapixel iSight camera, and 10 hours of battery. Pricing starts at $399 (16 GB model) while the last generation iPad Mini will be dropped down to $299.

As far as availability is concerned, the new iPad Air will hit November 1, while the iPad Mini 2 is scheduled later in November (Apple didn't give a release date on that one).

Check out the lands on with the iPad Air and iPad Mini from our sister site LAPTOP:

iPad Air Hands On

iPad Mini Hands On

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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , October 22, 2013 1:08 PM
    Not too bad of price, still not sold on the A7 though.
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    the1kingbob , October 22, 2013 1:16 PM
    Not sure about the first post, but I think the price is too high. $300 for the old iPad Mini??? What a joke. I am surprised they gave the mini the new processor, I expected them to shove in the A6 (or some flavor of) and stick a plastic cover on it, with colors, to help their margins. I am really confused about comparing to the iPad 2, does that mean the second one released or the one that was just replaced?
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    thdarkshadow , October 22, 2013 1:18 PM
    400 for the mini!!!! Wow sure wasnt expecting that
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    Geddoff Myazz , October 22, 2013 1:19 PM
    Apple's newest 7 inch tablet for just over the price of TWO of Google's or Amazon's. Ditto for the last year's models except Amazon and Google are too proud to put much (or any) effort into those.
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    Geddoff Myazz , October 22, 2013 1:21 PM
    Ooops, just UNDER!
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    Geddoff Myazz , October 22, 2013 1:28 PM
    $400, your choice. iPad Mini Air OR Fire HDX for you and a Fire HD for the kids. Great Ad potential.
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    tipoo , October 22, 2013 1:28 PM
    Hm, but the A7 doubled the GPU performance of the A6, not A6X, yet in this keynote they said double the iPad 4/A6X. I wonder if they just meant the few specific tests that's true in, or if it's clocked higher than the iPhone version?

    Given how many more pixels it has to push in the iPads, it would actually perform far worse at native than the 5S if the performance is the same.
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    Nada190 , October 22, 2013 1:40 PM
    SWEET, its even lighter than the previous one!
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    TeKEffect , October 22, 2013 2:08 PM
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    Apple's newest 7 inch tablet for just over the price of TWO of Google's or Amazon's. Ditto for the last year's models except Amazon and Google are too proud to put much (or any) effort into those.

    It's 7.9 inch so it's half way between the Kindle 7 and 8.9. Better internals. No "special offers" ie targeted ads being pushed to your tablet. It may be a little pricey but it's not that bad. I was surprised it got the retina and A7. At $330 it would have been a steal and that's not apples style.
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    DarkSideOfTheEarth , October 22, 2013 2:10 PM
    Really? 400$ for the mini? That is robbery plain and simple.
    Get a nexus tablet for 250$ and save your money!
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    DarkSideOfTheEarth , October 22, 2013 2:16 PM
    These things come with IOS...no thank you!!!!!!
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    m32 , October 22, 2013 2:19 PM
    IPad 2? I thought there was an IPad 3 or an new IPad they never put a number to.....
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    DarkSideOfTheEarth , October 22, 2013 2:20 PM
    These things come with IOS...no thank you!!!!!!
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    house70 , October 22, 2013 2:26 PM
    They copied the asymmetrical bezel from Nexus 7.
    Still doesn't hold a candle to the Nexus.
    Way to go, Apple. When you can't litigate, imitate (forget about innovate, that one has sailed long time ago).
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    catswold , October 22, 2013 2:27 PM
    I keep seeing Kindle Fire detractors mentioning the "special offers" as though they were somehow different than what you see on every webpage to which you surf.

    I have been using my Kindle Fire for quite some time now and yes, it's start-up page--instead of being some pretty picture of my own choice--is a full-page advertisement . . . Oh, the humanity . . . I don't even read it, I just swipe once and away I go.

    Oh yeah, and when I am looking at my list of books or apps, at the very bottom of the page is a single row carousel of similar books, movies, apps, or songs to those I am choosing from.

    The ads, for this user are pretty much unnoticeable.

    This new iPad is a very nice piece of kit . . . pretty much the same as the Kindle Fire HDX with lower resolution . . .

    Apps are where Apple has it all over it's competitors and then it's relevant only if you use those apps.

    I have thought long and hard about the iPad, but I just can't justify paying more for it than a Kindle Fire. I can get equal productivity from either.
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    chfireball , October 22, 2013 2:29 PM
    wow even more people with a inferiority complex!!
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    game junky , October 22, 2013 2:43 PM
    I think this was a good call - it gives current ipad users a thinner/lighter form factor to make it even easier to use on the go without sacrificing performance, it gives ipad mini users the option to upgrade for a high res display and better processor, and it gives people an inexpensive option at both size classes by continuing to offer the previous generation models. I personally don't have a need for a tablet because I have a Surface Pro from work but if I didn't, the iPad Air would be on my splurge list. Kinda expected them to add another device like an iPad Color using the old internal hardware from the iPad Mini but putting it in a plastic chassis a la the iPhone 5C but if they're going to keep manufacturing the old device or if they have a large enough supply to keep offering the original iPad Mini it wasn't really necessary.

    Nothing earthshaking but I think they're both good devices
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    game junky , October 22, 2013 2:44 PM
    I think this was a good call - it gives current ipad users a thinner/lighter form factor to make it even easier to use on the go without sacrificing performance, it gives ipad mini users the option to upgrade for a high res display and better processor, and it gives people an inexpensive option at both size classes by continuing to offer the previous generation models. I personally don't have a need for a tablet because I have a Surface Pro from work but if I didn't, the iPad Air would be on my splurge list. Kinda expected them to add another device like an iPad Color using the old internal hardware from the iPad Mini but putting it in a plastic chassis a la the iPhone 5C but if they're going to keep manufacturing the old device or if they have a large enough supply to keep offering the original iPad Mini it wasn't really necessary.

    Nothing earthshaking but I think they're both good devices
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , October 22, 2013 3:09 PM
    Not too bad of price, still not sold on the A7 though.
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    house70 , October 22, 2013 4:05 PM
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    wow even more people with a inferiority complex!!


    You got that right. They can't feel like they belong unless they enroll under Apple's flag. lol
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