Apple's new iPad Air and mini: key facts and features

Apple unveiled its new iPad, named the iPad Air, as well as an updated iPad Mini and updated MacBook Pros, at an event in California.Apple has announced its latest slew of product updates in anticipation of the Christmas rush. Here's what you need to know.

iPad Air

• The new iPad is just 7.5mm thick and weighs 454g, making it the thinnest and lightest full-sized iPad to date. It is called the iPad Air.

• The 64-bit A7 processor in the iPad Air has double the performance of the previous generation and adds performance and security benefits, along with potential reductions in complexity of both hardware and software, which should aid reliability.

• The iPad Air will cost £399 ($499) and upwards, with the 4G version starting at £499 ($629). They will be available from 1 November.

iPad mini

• The iPad mini stays the same size as the previous generation, but receives the retina display and A7 processor of its bigger sibling.

• As a result, the new iPad mini costs more than its predecessor, from £319 ($399), with the 4G version starting at £419 ($529). They are also available in November, but an exact shipping date has not been confirmed.

• At the low end, both the iPad 2 and the original iPad mini stay in the line-up. The iPad 2 will sell for £329 ($399), and the original iPad mini gets a price cut down to £249 ($299).

MacBook Pro

• Also unveiled were new MacBook Pros. The 13-inch model now weighs 1.5kg and is 1.8cm thick, and has been fitted out with Intel's Haswell CPUs and Iris integrated graphics.

• The 15-inch MacBook Pro stays the same on the outside, but also gets a speed bump to Intel's "Crystalwell" CPU and Iris Pro graphics, as well as an Nvidia GeForce GT750M for gaming.


• Both laptops have longer-lasting batteries, with the 13in increasing from 7 hours to 9 hours, and the 15in increasing from 7 to 8 hours.

• The 13in MacBook Pro will retail from £1,099 ($1,299), and the 15in will retail from £1,699 ($1,999). They are available from today.

Mac Pro

• The Mac Pro, which was first announced in July and has been teased since 2012, was given a shipping date: December. It will retail for £2,499 ($2,999).
Mavericks, iWork and iLife

• Apple's operating system, Mavericks, is available free for anyone with a compatible Mac.


• The OS works with iMacs and MacBook Pros from 2007, with MacBook Airs, MacBooks and Mac Pros from 2008, and with the Mac Mini from 2009.

• Additionally, its iWork productivity suite and its iLife media suite are both available for free with any new Mac or iOS device.

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