A Thinner iPad

Apple Announces iPad Air and new iPad mini with Retina Display      23/10/13
A Thinner iPad


Apple has announced iPad Air, the latest generation of the device, featuring a 9.7-inch Retina display in a thinner and lighter design and weighing just one pound. Apple also announced a new iPad mini with Retina display, bringing all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering, they say, razor sharp text and detail in the same thin and light design. Apple tells us that both new iPad models feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features.

Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, had this to say, "iPad created an entirely new mobile computing experience, and the new iPad Air is another big leap ahead. It is so thin, light and powerful, once you hold one in your hand you will understand what a tremendous advancement this is."


Pricing and Availability:
iPad Air with Wi-Fi models will be available in silver or space gray starting on Friday, November 1, for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model and $799 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available starting on Friday, November 1 for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model, $829 (US) for the 64GB model and $929 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad 2 is available at $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model for either AT&T or Verizon.

iPad mini with Retina display will be available later in November in silver or space gray. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 32GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 32GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini is now offered at a more affordable price of $299 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $429 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

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RP    Said...

Besides the change in the naming scheme no real surprises I guess. For people like myself (iPad 1 owners) it's probably the time to take the leap, purely because of lack of IOS and subsequently appsupdates available for my unit (which no doubt would be able to support IOS7 but that wouldn't bring in apple revenue).

I think the most shocking thing about the anouncements yesterday was that Apple intends to keep the iPad 2 in production and make it available for $100 less than a new Air....must be clever way to make people throw in the extra cash and get a new model because that's otherwise a bit insane.

Hows everyone else feeling about the new Pad?

23-Oct-13 09:11 AM


synthmann    Said...

Same here. iPad1 owner that now sees the time right to upgrade. Although I'll most likely be getting the new mini-retina as the smaller form factor and low weight make it more comfortable for longer use, like reading articles and books. It also has the same horsepower as the ipad air now so I see no reason to carry around just a bigger screen. If i want a bigger screen I'll use my macbook air. Would be nice though if Apple would make IOS apps run on OSX as well, as I have plenty of apps that I would like to run on the macbook air from time to time.

23-Oct-13 11:21 AM


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