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Apple Unveils iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina Display

The iPad Air
The iPad Air

Apple has unveiled a new, lighter version of the iPad, the iPad Air, and a new iPad mini with Retina Display.

The new iPad Air sports a 9.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 and is 28 percent lighter than the fourth-generation iPad, weighing in at 1 pound. It's also 20 percent thinner, at 7.5 mm, and has a narrower bezel.

The iPad Air is powered by the 64-bit A7 chip and includes an M7 coprocessor for handling sensor data more efficiently. It also offers dual 802.11n antennas and support for MIMO, allowing for wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

Other features include:

  • Bluetooth 4.0;
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi;
  • Dual cameras, one 720p and one 1080p; and
  • iOS 7.

The iPad Air will be available Nov. 1 starting at $499 for the base WiFi model with 16 GB storage and $629 for the base cellular model with 16 GB.

The iPad mini with Retina Display offers a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. It too runs on the 64-bit A7 chip and includes the M7 coprocessor. And, like the iPad Air, it offers dual 802.11a/b/g/n antennas and support for MIMO.

The iPad mini with Retina display will be available in late November for $399 for the base 16 GB WiFi model or $529 for the base 16 GB cellular model.

Additional details can be found on Apple's site.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at [email protected]. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).

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