GADGET DESIGNER Apple has launched its rumoured iPad 5 as the iPad Air, claiming it's the "thinnest and lightest full-sized tablet on the market".
Unveiled alongside the iPad Mini with Retina display, the iPad Air follows in the footsteps of Apple's skinny Macbook Air line, and looks to rival Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet and Nokia's Lumia 2520.
We've rounded up everything you need to know about Apple's iPad Air tablet. Keep this page bookmarked to keep on top of all of the latest iPad Air release date, price and specification details.
Apple's iPad Air, rumoured to launch as the iPad 5, showcases a new design from the firm. It is 28 percent lighter than Apple's fourth generation iPad tablet, and has a 48 percent narrower bezel, making the device look more like Apple's iPad Mini. The device also measures just 7.5mm thick.
The iPad Air's display remains unchanged, with the tablet featuring the same 9.7in 2048x1536 resolution Retina display as its predecessor. However, this display comes powered by Apple's new iOS 7 mobile operating system, and the device has the firm's A7 chip, also found in the iPhone 5S, under the bonnet, giving the tablet 64-bit desktop class chip architecture. Despite speculation, the iPad Air doesn't feature Apple's built-in fingerprint scanner.
Beyond its radical redesign and boosted internals, the specifications of the iPad Air remain fairly unchanged, aside from the addition of a Facetime HD camera. Buyers will find the same 5MP rear-facing camera, 16/32/64/128GB internal storage options and optional 4G LTE support.
The iPad Air will be available in white and space grey, with Apple deciding against a gold coloured model.
Apple's iPad Air is now on sale and available to buy in the UK, with the tablet launching on 1 November. In terms of availability, an Apple representative told The INQUIRER that it does not expect to experience a shortage of stock.
For those after the WiFi-only model, the iPad Air in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options will be available for £399, £479, £599 and £639, respectively.
The 4G enabled models are a bit more expensive, with Apple pricing the tablet at £499, £579, £659 and £739, respectively.
Three became the first operator to spill details about the iPad Air's pricing. The 16GB model will cost £499 upfront, with either 1GB of data for £7.50 or 10GB for £15. Those after the iPad Air on contract can pay a lower upfront cost of £119 or £179, depending on whether it is picked up with a £29 or £25 contract, both which come with 15GB data.
EE followed, revealing that the iPad Air will cost £99 on a 24 month £36 4GEE price plan, which comes complete with 8GB data. Customers can also add an iPad Air to an existing 4GEE tariff, for a one of payment of £99 and then £26 a month on a shared plan.
Vodafone is asking for £129 upfront for the iPad Air, with tariffs for the tablet starting from £28 per month with 1GB data included. For those who want the iPad Air to work on the network's 4G service, you'll have to hand over either £37 or £42 per month, tariffs which come with 4GB or 10GB data, respectively.
Not sure whether you fancy Apple's iPad Air or the iPad Mini with Retina display? Check out our iPad Mini 2 release date, rumours, price and features roundup. µ
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