Apple Event: Apple Announces iPad Air - Slimmer, Lighter, Faster

As was rumored, Apple has just announced a new 9.7-inch iPad — the fifth generation of this model. And it has a new name: iPad Air. It's the lightest full-sized tablet computer in the world. It has a form factor similar to the iPad mini, with narrower bezels left and right making the device overall a bit narrower. It's also thinner and lighter. The previous iPad was 1.4 pounds, compared to 1 pound for the iPad Air. The previous iPad was 9.4 mm thick, and the iPad Air is 7.5 mm.

Plus, it comes with the new 64-bit A7 processor, making it a real powerhouse. The 64-bit processor opens the door to much more robust software applications—even on par with desktop computers. And something unexpected: it includes the new M7 motion coprocessor. The colors are new, too: silver, and space gray.

The pricing stays the same, starting at $499 for the 16GB WiFi model and $629 for the 16GB model that can access the cellular data network. Storage upgrades add $100 to the price, as in the past.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.