Apple has just announced the biggest iPad update to date, one they felt deserved a whole new name. While Apple ditched the number convention with previous release, they are adding a new suffix to the name this time around. This is the iPad Air.
The iPad Air is redesigned to be thinner and lighter than ever before, borrowing the same screen technology to get things as slim as possible. The tablet retains the 9.7-inch Retina display of previous models, but internally gets updated with Apple’s new A7 processor. The 64-bit chip means nearly twice the performance in terms of graphics and processing power over the previous generation.
Other specs include a 5MP iSight camera, front-facing FaceTime HD camera, 1080p HD video playback, dual-microphones, and dual-antenna MIMO WiFi. It touts a battery life of 10 hours.
The iPad Air will be available in silver/white and Space Gray/black on November 1st for $499. The iPad 2 will continue to be available for $399.