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The first glance at Apple’s latest additions to the iPad tablet line
The Air up there
Apple’s hotly anticipated updates for the iPad family were rolled out today at the company’s usual stage show in San Francisco, grafting the newest-generation hardware that debuted with the iPhone 5S last month onto the larger form factor. Here’s a brief look at the two brand-new tablet models.
The iPad Air
The star of the show was the new 1-pound iPad Air, Apple’s latest high-end tablet. Packing the same new 64-bit processor as the iPhone 5S, the Air looks to be the kind of elegant powerhouse Apple aims for in its flagship devices.
The Air features a 2048x1536 Retina display that measures 9.7 inches on the diagonal. The thinner bezel means that the outsized display can be contained in a smaller package.
As mentioned, the Air uses the same A7 chipset as the recently released iPhone 5S, which features a 64-bit architecture, as well as the M7 motion coprocessor, which is designed to improve battery life and motion-based controls.
The Air will be available (in either space gray or silver finish) on Nov. 1. Wi-Fi-only models with 16GB of storage will go for $500, while adding more storage and 4G/LTE wireless can take the price as high as $930.
The Retina iPad Mini
What do you get the small-format tablet that has everything? That’s right, a Retina display! Boasting the same resolution as the Air in a sub-8 inch screen, the newest iPad mini packs an impressive 326 pixels per inch.
That’s not the only place in which the new Retina Mini features the same specs as the Air – it also has the same A7/M7 chip combination, specialized MIMO Wi-Fi adapter for faster connectivity, and camera hardware.
The good news is that the mini with the Retina display is cheaper than its larger counterpart - $400 gets you the Wi-Fi, 16GB model, and the price ranges up to $830 for cellular data and 128GB of storage. The bad news is that Apple didn’t confirm an exact availability date, saying merely that the mini would go on sale “later in November.”
New MacBook Pro
Along with the iPads and some new software – including a brand new version of OS X, called Mavericks – Apple debuted a new model MacBook Pro at the San Francisco event, featuring upgraded hardware and a slightly lower entry level price.
New Mac Pro
What’s more, the company released further information about the intriguing new Mac Pro – a powerful workstation boasting multiple AMD FirePro GPUs and an Intel Xeon processor. Better start saving now, however – when the Mac Pro is released this December, prices will start at $3,000.
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