Apple iPad Air is 20% thinner and 28% lighter

The iPad Air is only 7.5 millimeters thick, which is 20 percent thinner than the previous full-size iPad. The bezel around the display is 43 percent thinner. The new iPad is also extremely light — it weighs only 1 pound, which is a significant reduction compared to the 1.4-pound weight of the previous version. The iPad Air will be available on November 1 around the world, starting at starts at $499 (or $629 with cellular data).

The fifth-generation iPad houses a 64-bit A7 processor, the same chip found in the new iPhone 5s. It’s a 64-bit chip with one billion transistors, and users should see twice the performance of the previous generation iPads. The tablet is designed specifically to run iOS 7, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Another first on this iPad: dual Wi-Fi antennas and MIMO technology, which should see significant wireless data improvements. Apple claims the iPad Air gets the same 10-hour battery life as previous generations.

* up to 2X the CPU power
* up to 2X the graphics power
* 10 hour battery
* up to twice the wifi performance and more LTE bands

On the front is the FaceTime camera, which can shoot in HD quality, and on the rear, the 5-megapixel shooter that features all the same bells and whistles as the one found in previous versions.

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