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Apple iPad Air announced with new processor and $499 price tag

Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 22, 2013.

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The Apple iPad Air will debut shortly with quite a few enhancements, many of which have appeared in recent leaks for the device. As previously expected, the fifth-generation iPad changes the design of Apple's premiere tablet in order to more closely resemble the iPad Mini in terms of proportions. The bezel is now 43 percent slimmer slimmer, the depth is just 7.9 millimeters thick, and it weighs just 1 pound. The iPad 5 maintains its 9.7-inch display, but the device is able to reduce its size and weight.

Inside the Apple iPad Air, the fifth generation full-size iPad, is an Apple A7 processor, which provides the massive upgrade in speed - twice as fast at processing, twice as fast connecting to Wi-Fi, and featuring enhanced LTE - that we saw with the iPhone 5S. Apple also upgrades other areas of the device to include a 5-megapixel iSight camera, an HD FaceTime front camera, and 10 hours of battery life. It also has the motion-based M7 processor for taking action based on movement or tracking other data picked up from on-device sensors.

Apple plans to begin selling the iPad Air for $499 with Wi-Fi or $629 for the cellular-enabled model. Both devices will go on sale beginning November 1 in dozens of countries.

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