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Apple launches the new iPad Air with A7 processor

The fifth-generation iPad mini features a completely overhauled design, new A7 chip, improved battery and camera specs and more. Here's what you need to know.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, announced a completely redesigned, fifth-generation iPad at a media event today — the iPad Air.

The device features a completely overhauled design and a new A7 chip, in two new colours.

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The new iPad Air will go on sale in a number of countries on 1st November.

Specs – Redesigned casing, A7 chip, upgraded cameras

Most notably, the iPad Air has a completely redesigned casing, giving it a look and feel more akin to that of the iPad mini. Bezels around the edges of the display are far smaller and the result is a device that’s far thinner and lighter. The iPad Air weighs in at just 1.4 pounds (compared to the iPad 4’s 1.4 pounds) and measures 7.5mm thick (an 9.4mm improvement on the previous model).

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Internally, many of the specs have remained the same, save for a new processor. Apple have added a new A7 chip, sporting a 64-bit architecture, to drive the iPad Air.

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Colours, capacity and pricing

The iPad Air comes in new silver and space gray casing colours (with a notably absent gold option seen with the iPhone 5s) as a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB Wi-Fi model from $499. The Wi-Fi+3G models come in a little pricier from $629. All go on sale on 1st November.

There’s also a new range of Smart Covers designed for the device for $39 and Smart Cases for $69.

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