Apple announces iPad Air

Apple has announced the iPad Air. As expected, the iPad 5 features a design similar to the iPad mini, with a bezel 43% thinner than the iPad 4. Apple says that the new iPad is 20% thinner than the iPad 4 at 7.5mm thin, as well as lighter, at 1 lbs, compared to the iPad 4's 1.4 lbs. The iPad Air is powered by the A7 chip, though it does not appear to support Touch ID. The M7 coprocessor is included. Apple says that graphics on the iPad Air features graphics 72x faster than the original iPad. The iPad Air also supports MIMO.

The iPad Air has a 5MP iSight camera that shoots 1080p HD video. The new FaceTime HD camera has larger pixels, and the screen features improved backside illumination. There are dual microphones for better audio quality. The 10-hour battery life that the iPad is known for is remains. The iPad Air will be available in Silver and Space Gray, with the Wi-Fi models starting at $499, and Wi-Fi + cellular starting at $629.