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iPad Air hands-on (pictures)

During a special event today, Apple took the wraps off the latest version of the iPad, now called the iPad Air.

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All new iPad Air

Apple revealed the fifth generation of the iPad today, distinguishing it from the still-in production iPad 2 with a new name, calling it the iPad Air.
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The new iPad Air deserves its name, coming in at just 1 pound, lighter than the almost 2-pound iPad.
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Apple reduced the size of the bezel around the Retina display by 43 percent.
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About 2 millimeters were shaved off the thickness to make the iPad Air.
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It measures an extremely thin 7.5 millimeters (0.3-inch).
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The iPad Air has a 5-megapixel iSight camera on the rear that Apple says takes improved low light shots.
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The iPad Air runs the A7 chip, which Apple says makes it 8 times faster than the previous generation.
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The iPad Air goes for $499 with Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage, and $629 for the cellular-connected version.

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