Apple unwrapped the new and lightweight iPad Air & iPad Mini 2 with Retina display. Aside, the new Smart Covers for both tablets also exhibited.

After tons of leaks and speculations, Apple finally announced the new iPad and iPad Mini 2 with Retina display on Tuesday. The 9.7-inch iPad is aesthetically similar to iPad Mini with a new brand name “iPad Air.”

The iPad Air will be available from November 1 on both Apple online store and its retail outlets while the iPad Mini with Retina display will have to wait until the end of next month; and there are no pre-orders yet.

The new 9.7 tablet has completely revolutionized the design — the thinnest tablet in the world. The appearance is identical to that of the iPad Mini, so much so that it looks like the iPad Air is a grown version of iPad Mini. However, it impresses with its incredible thickness of 7.5 mm for only 469 grams in weight.

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The engine of the tablet is powered by an A7 chip with M7 motion sensor — the same 64bit processor introduced with iPhone 5S – that allows the device to be 2 times more powerful than the predecessor in terms of both computing capabilities and graphics while maintaining the 10 hours of battery life.

iPad Air is 8 times faster than the very first Apple tablet.

The Wi-Fi connectivity is also renewed with support for Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) protocols and the majority of LTE 4G networks worldwide. In addition to basic features, it boasts 5-megapixel iSignt sensor, two microphones and aids support for Siri.

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The iPad Air will go on sale at the lowest prices of the previous model, starting from $499 in silver and space gray – declining the gold version, as well as the most-talked fingerprint reader, Touch ID.

Additionally, the smaller one in iPad family has also renewed hardware wise, maintaining the aesthetics that made him so famous. Finally, the 7-inch iPad has got the promotion to the Retina display; and also boasts an A7 chip with 64-bit technology now. In newness, it inherits the new Wi-Fi compatibility with MIMO standards and greater openness at all LTE frequencies from its big brother.

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The iPad Mini 2 with Retina display will be available for $399 in silver and space gray, and similar to iPad Air there’s no gold variant and support for Touch ID thus far.

Available Models and Pricing

Wi-Fi Only Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad Air 16GB $499 $629
iPad Air 32GB $599 $729
iPad Air 64GB $699 $829
iPad Air 128GB $799 $929
iPad Mini w/ Retina 16GB $399 $529
iPad Mini w/ Retina 32GB $499 $629
iPad Mini w/ Retina 64GB $599 $729
iPad Mini w/ Retina 128GB $699 $829

Apple also revealed the figures that 170 million iPads sold thus far and the tablet is the most used mobile-device in the world. Besides, those who are looking for an entry-level solution at an affordable price, Apple hasn’t retired the super-durable iPad 2 models and the first version of iPad Mini models, which are available starting $399 and $299, respectively.

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