Apple unveils iPad Air, starts at $499


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Apple has unveiled a new iPad today called the iPad Air at an event Tuesday in San Francisco. The iPad is the fifth generation of the tablet line. The Air name is something Apple has used before. They made an ultra-thin version of the MacBook called the MacBook Air, and like that version, the iPad Air will be thinner than its predecessors.

The iPad Air ways 0.4 pounds less than the previous iPad. Its thickness was reduced from 9.4 millimeters to 7.5 millimeters. Apple also claimed it is the lightest tablet in the world.

The pricing structure won’t be different from the previous iPads, ranging from $499 for 16 GB to $799 for 128 GB. Apple will discontinue the iPad 4, but continue to sell the iPad 2. It is available in three colors, white, black, and my favorite, “space gray.” The iPad Air will hit shelves on Nov. 1.

The iPad Air features the 64-bit processor unveiled in the iPhone 5 S, the 64-bit A7. The pixel resolution is the same as before, at 2,048 x 1,536. Apple says the performance is double that of the iPad 4, has 8X the performance and 72X better performance on graphics.

Like the iPhone 5S that released in September, it will fly off shelves. The 5S sold through the champagne colored units, I don’t know if “space gray” will be as popular.

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