Apple reveals iPad Air and new iPad Mini

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Fifth generation iPad will be thinnest and lightest yet, and will launch in November along with upgraded iPad Mini

Apple has officially announced the newest version of its iPad tablet, dubbed the iPad Air.

The fifth generation iPad will be 20 per cent thinner than the previous model, measuring 7.5mm (0.3in), and 28 per cent lighter, weighing 1lb (0.45kg).

It will be powered by the same 64-bit A7 chip found in Apple’s iPhone 5S.

The iPad Air will have the same screen as its predecessor – a 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution.

The manufacturer also showed off an upgraded version of its iPad Mini, which will be powered by the A7 chip and also feature a Retina display.

The iPad Air will be available in white, space grey and black from November 1, with prices starting at $499 (£307). An LTE version will also be available with prices starting at $629 (£387).

The upgraded iPad Mini will be available “in November” with prices starting at $399 (£246).

Apple will continue to offer the 2012 iPad Mini at a cut price of $299 (£184).

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