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iPad 5 unveiled as iPad Air with slimmer design

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iPad 5 unveiled as iPad Air with slimmer design

The iPad Air has been officially unveiled, alongside the iPad mini 2, with the fifth-generation Apple tablet landing with an all new, slimmer and lighter design.

The new tablet retains the same 9.7-inch Retina display as its predecessor, just wrapped within a considerably smaller and lighter body, without any loss of battery life.

iPad Air Features

Having been given a range of visual and performance based improvements, the newly unveiled iPad Air's slimmer design has been achieved by cutting the tablet's bezel considerably, while the new innards make it "screaming fast".

Making the tablet more friendly towards one-handed use, the iPad Air lines up at 20 per cent thinner than last year's iPad 4 offering. It is also the lightest full-size tablet in the world, at just 1lb. "When you hold it, it will be a dramatically different experience", said Apple.

It contains the 64-bit desktop class Apple A7 chip found in the iPhone 5S and the Apple M7 co-processor.

The iPad Air offers 8 times better performance and 72 times the graphics performance of the iPad 4 and has MIMO Wi-Fi technology for 802.11n connectivity that's twice as fast.

It has a 5-megapixel rear iSight camera and dual stereo microphones too. It retains the 10-hour battery.

Taking further design hints from both the iPad mini and iPhone 5S, the iPad Air features a new flat backed form factor and will be made available in a Space Grey or black colour scheme as well as the silver and white option.

iPad 5 Release Date and Price

Although the tablet has been officially unveiled, the iPad Air release date is still a few days away. Apple has confirmed that its latest flagship tablet will hit retailers in just 10 days’ time on Friday November 1.

The iPad Air won't have a bigger effect on your wallet. The iPad Air will have the same pricing as the existing iPad 4 with the 16GB Wi-Fi only model starting at just £399.

The Wi-Fi only iPad Air will set wannabe owners back £479, £559 and £639 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options respectively. The cellular friendly model pricing starts from £499, rising to a whopping £739 via £579 and £659 stopping points.


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October 22, 2013, 6:49 pm

<p>no touchid with ipads....update subject please</p>


October 22, 2013, 7:23 pm

<p>No touch ID! No 8 megapixel camera, and no gold coloured version! What a disappointment. This new iPad is to be the first one I will ever buy - yes, I'm still going to buy it - but looks like I'm going to have to put up with the traditional pass code lock ):</p><p>I bet Tim Cook was dreading this presentation. He must have known the whole world was expecting touch ID! At least the audience were polite enough not to express their disappointment at this anti-climax!</p><p>I hope Apple gives an explanation as to the omission of the fingerprint sensor! I hope they're not planning to release a touch ID version of the iPad in about four months time!</p>


October 23, 2013, 5:59 am

<p>I saw the omission of TouchID as inevitable - Apple currently can't make the iPhone 5S in sufficient quantities to satisfy demand, and it seems supply of the TouchID sensors is a major reason for this. I would be surprised if the next generation of iPads DIDN'T have TouchID, assuming production issues are resolved soon, but they aren't likely to be released for around a year, at which point I'll look to upgrade my iPad 3.</p>


October 23, 2013, 1:00 pm

<p>I'm afraid of the answer, but to those 'disappointed' that this doesn't have 'touch id', if I put a touch id into a cardboard box, would you buy that for the same price?</p><p>While I am completely underwhelmed at this ipad and changing its naming scheme to air, if I were in the market for a table I would not be concerned whether I can unlock it by my finger print. It is one of the last items I'd consider when purchasing a tablet and if you get that far to considering an ipad, especially considering its price, you aren't going to turn away for that reason.</p><p>Am I the only sane one left?</p>

Nate Ebner

October 24, 2013, 10:51 am

<p>Why buy something that is 'such a disappointment'?<br>And more pertinently, why the love for the gold Apple stuff? I struggle to think of a more ostentatious look. The Silver and Grey colours seem much nicer and classier.</p>

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