Apple unveiled its new line of iPads today at a conference in San Francisco. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the iPad Air.
The company unveiled the iPad Air and a second generation iPad Mini featuring the dazzling retina display.
According to CBS, the iPad Air is just 7.5 mm thin, 43% thinner than the previous generation, and weighs 1 pound. The new generation will also include a 5 megapixel camera, 1080 pHD video, and a 9.7 inch Retina Display.
The iPad Air will also feature the A7 chip. The latest generation will be 72 times faster than the original iPad.
Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller said: “This is our biggest leap forward ever with a full-size iPad.”
As expected, the iPad Air will go on sale in time for the Holiday shopping season. The NY Times reports that the latest generation will hit stores on November 1 for $499. The new iPad Mini with Retina Display will be available for $399 while the old version of the mini will go on sale for $299. The iPad 2 will also be available this holiday season for $399.
New iPad Air and iPad Mini pricing. Lowest models from $299 to $499. pic.twitter.com/9OaNqulOv3
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) October 22, 2013
New name for iPad: iPad Air. I predicted incorrectly that this would happen last year.
— Brian X. Chen (@bxchen) October 22, 2013
CNN reports that the iPad Air will start at $499 and will go up to $629 for the 16 GB with 4G LTE connectivity version.
Schiller said that the iPad Air is Apple’s biggest step forward for a full-sized iPad but the company should also be proud of the new mini. With Retina Display, 10 hours of battery life, and the A7 chip, the new mini is a huge step above the previous generation.
In addition to the new iPads, Apple also announced the released date for the new Mavericks operating system.