Apple dubs new iPad the iPad Air

Calling it "the lightest full-size tablet in the world", Apple updates and renames the 9.7-inch iPad to become the iPad Air.

Calling it "the lightest full-size tablet in the world", Apple updates and renames the 9.7-inch iPad to become the iPad Air.

The new iPad Air. Thinner, lighter, faster. (Credit: Apple)

iPad Air is the name of the latest full-size iPad from Apple, the fifth generation of the world's most successful tablet. This year, the styling follows the chassis design of the iPad mini and becomes what Apple calls "the lightest full-size tablet in the world". The new iPad Air is 20 per cent thinner at 7.5mm and 28 per cent lighter at 469g (or 478g for the 4G model). For comparison, the iPad Air is the same thickness as the iPad mini and weighs 138g more.

The iPad Air receives the same A7 processor with M7 co-processor that debuted in the new iPhone 5s.

Along with the hardware update, Apple announced its entire suite of iLife and iWork apps would now be freely available to new buyers across both OS X and iOS platforms.

Pricing starts at AU$598 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and AU$749 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 4G model. Models are available with up to 128GB of storage at AU$899 and AU$1049 for the respective models.

The iPad Air goes on sale next Friday, 1 November.

Apple also announced a Retina update to the iPad mini, which features the same resolution display as the iPad Air but in the smaller 7.9-inch form factor. It also received an upgrade to the new A7 processor.

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