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The details on Apple's new iPads

The details on Apple's new iPads
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The moment has arrived! Apple finally unveiled its two new iPad tablets.

The fifth-generation iPad is officially called the iPad Air. The name is a reference to the popular MacBook Air laptop.

Like the Air laptop, the iPad Air is thinner, lighter and sleeker than its predecessors, weighing in at less than a pound. It has a high-grade aluminum body with ultrathin side bezels surrounding the standard 9.7-inch Retina display.

Despite its smaller size, it packs more speed thanks to the new A7 64-bit processor from the iPhone 5s. Apple says it's eight times faster than the original iPad.

The iPad Air doesn't change much in the camera department. Itsticks with a5-megapixel rear camera, but adds better backside illumination an a few other tweaks. The front FaceTime HD camera stays the same at 1.2MP, though. And it lacks the iPhone 5s' fingerprint scanner.

The battery life hasn't changed - it's still billed at 10 hours - but Wi-Fi performance for the iPad Air is two times faster than previous models.

The iPad Air comes in your choice of Silver or Space Gray finish. It starts at $499 for the 16 gigabyte model, and now goes up to 128GB. It will ship November 1.

See the full specs and how it stacks up to tablets from Samsung, Google, Microsoft and Nokia in my tablet comparison chart.

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