Apple’s new tablets, the iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display, will be available on the UK market from November 1.
The new devices were revealed last night in San Francisco. The Wifi version of the Air will start to retail at around £399 for 16GB storage. There will also be 32GB (£479), 64GB (£559), and 128GB (£639) models. Customers who want data on the move can purchase the Wifi and cellular versions of the tablet for £100 extra for each model. The mini will arrive on the market slightly later, with late-November pencilled in for its UK release. Wi-fi models will range from £319 to £559 with cellular models £100 more expensive. EE and Vodafone have already confirmed they will be stocking the tablets.
Both devices are loaded with Apple's new software, iOS7, and A7 chipset with '64-bit desktop-class architecture'. Both models are also 4G (LTE) compatible. The Air has been designed to be thinner and lighter than previous models of the tablet. It is '20% thinner and 28% lighter' than the iPad 4 and has a 9.7 inch retina display. The mini is built with a 7.9 inch 1080p HD-resolution screen and holds the same amount of pixels (3.1 million) as the larger Air.
Phillip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president, said: ‘iPad created an entirely new mobile computing experience, and the new iPad Air is another big leap ahead. It is so thin, light and powerful, once you hold one in your hand you will understand what a tremendous advancement this is. iPad Air with its 9.7-inch Retina display weighs just one pound and packs the incredible performance of iOS 7 running on a 64-bit desktop-class Apple A7 chip, and delivers all-day battery life in the lightest full-sized tablet in the world.’
Author: Matthew Campelli