Apple Unveils iPad Air and New iPad Mini

Apple has revealed its latest tablets, the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display.

The Air is a thinner, lighter upgrade for the iPad – 20 per cent thinner and 28 per cent lighter than the previous model, to be precise. The 9.7” device is powered by the 64-bit A7 chip Apple revealed at its iPhone event last month, which should offer double the processor and graphics performance of the last generation.

The new iPad Mini – Apple seems intent on avoiding ever-increasing numbers to name its devices, and probably wisely so – builds on its predecessor with the introduction of a 7.9” high-resolution Retina display and the A7 chip.

Both iPads are available in two versions: grey, which signifies the device is wi-fi only, and silver, for those with a mobile data connection. All devices feature twin antennae, which Apple says should double their wi-fi performance, and in the case of data-enabled models, expanded LTE coverage.

Pricing

The iPad Air will be available from Friday 1 November, with the basic model priced at £399 ($499 in the US). 

The iPad Mini with Retina display will be available later in November starting at £319 ($399).

Apple is also dropping the base price of the original iPad mini to £249 ($299), making it the cheapest iPad currently available.