$500 iPad Air revealed

"Thinner, lighter, and more powerful" iPad Air features 9.7-inch Retina display"; new $400 iPad Mini with Retina display also announced; both launching November 1.

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Today during a news event in San Francisco, Apple unveiled the its fifth-generation iPad, the iPad Air, described as "thinner, lighter, and more powerful" than any Apple tablet before it.

The iPad Air features a 9.7-inch Retina display and is 7.5mm thick. The iPad Air weighs 1lb, down from 1.4 lbs from the previous model. This makes the iPad Air the lightest full-size tablet in the world, Apple said.

The iPad Air is powered by Apple's A7 chip, which also runs the iPhone 5s. It features a 5mp camera, as well as dual microphones and Siri. It does not feature the thumbprint scanner featured on the new iPhones.

The 16GB iPad Air will ship on November 1 for $500 in silver and white color configurations. A cellular model will be available for $629.

Also during the event, Apple announced an all-new iPad Mini, dubbed the iPad Mini with Retina Display. It will feature a 2,048x1,536 Retina Display and the new A7 chip. The tablet will be available also on November 1, starting at $400 for a 16GB model.

The iPad 2 will remain on the market for $400, the same price as a new iPad Mini.

Apple also announced today that lifetime iPad sales have reached 170 million. The company added that its tablet marketshare is 81 percent.

Apple's news event is ongoing. Check back later for more...

Discussion

407 comments
G-Ninja
G-Ninja

Well I want a quality tablet that is fast, has great touch responsiveness and doesn't lag or freeze. A tablet with apps made for that specific tablet.. that's why I will buy an iPad Air (upgrading from iPad 1) and not any of the latest Android tablets.

staluvngames
staluvngames

many would say that the Ipad is useless and there no point in paying so much for a product like this. my teacher has us buy the e text instead of a regular textbook for class. she said we can bring in our Ipad and use it during class. so tell me that not a good reason to buy one huh? now if you say buying an Ipad is better then another type of tablet is a different story. it all depend on what the individual is using it for. certain people might play for games, listen to music, do school work, etc but to say it completely useless is stupid. It would be nice if they lower the price and I bet more people would look in to it.

Kjranu
Kjranu

The new Air is nice but I never liked iOS. Their operating system simply don't compare to Windows, even to the semi-closed Windows RT. I bought a Surface 2 and I am loving it so far and it's my first tablet purchase too. I have tried iPads and Android tablets like Samsung Note and none of those made me want to drop a good few hundreds for a clunky experience. Microsoft is really starting to emerge as a premier hardware company coupled with their decades-old reputation for premium software ... and you have a match made in heaven.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

What the fuck is this advertising bullshit? Gamespot, you really annoy me sometimes.

megakick
megakick

Garbage. Sad so many different Ipad and Iphone and Ipod that do the damn same thing. It not like this couldn't have been done years ago $$$$ Just buy a IPHONE if you want this it has everything.

Apple = SUCKERS

Jarten
Jarten

Sounds interesting. Although I'm kinda curious about something. Doesn't it being so thin mean that it's more at risk of breaking easily?

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Super...now it almost weighs as much as my iphone and does just as much. ipads are for lonely housewives and bored children waiting at airport terminals.

McGregor
McGregor

Not overly impressed, but as long as my stock goes up, I don't care. :D. Am I the only non-apple user that purchased apple stock in here?

csward
csward

I'm thinking about getting one of these for my mom, since my stock in Apple has done very well since I bought it ^^.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The Windows Store and Android App Stores do not offer the amazingly wide range of educational software provided by Apple's App Store for iOS.

We have children ranging from 2-years to 14-years. Each child has reason to enjoy playing on an iPad.

The 2 older children each have their own Kindle Fires. They prefer to use an iPad.

We have a Windows 8 laptop. The 14-year-old uses it for homework using the web browser. The Metro apps are if ignored after getting tired of searching for useful apps.

This is my families scenario. Other people who use the tablet for reading, social communication, and basic web browsing don't necessarily need to spend the money on an iPad. Still, it comes down to preference and what works for you/your family.

alooy
alooy

Another useless unnecessary gadget.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

So jealous with all the rich people commenting here, For i am so sad that im still using nokia

Slagar
Slagar

Meh. I'm over my technology addiction. I'd rather save the money or gift it to someone that really needs it.

andmcq
andmcq

I'll be surprised if this sells well. I really will be.

TiberiusJonez
TiberiusJonez

Only mindless drones would continue to buy iPads when Motorola, Microsoft and Samsung all make tablets much more powerful and oh my god, yes... useful!! Hell, I'd rather have a Kindle Fire, and for less than half the price. At least it's appropriately priced, unlike anything in Apple's product lineup.

bkohary
bkohary

The chemicals in the iPad Air are less dense than the chemicals in the air the workers breathe in.

bkohary
bkohary

" The Apple iPad - watch your money go into thin Air!"

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

My heart still hurts when I watch this. http://youtu.be/5eBSwPfxeeg I wish Microsoft would make it happen. I'm more interested in this than tablets. I'd still get a tablet (Surface with RT), but mainly use it as a sketchbook (Surface 2 should have a stylus), web browser, eBook reader, and a second screen while the big TV is being used.

The way most people talk about using tablets, I think a big one and a small one would be ideal. Desktops aren't necessary if your heavy computing device has precision input regardless of what it is, keyboard/mouse or touch/stylus. I don't need to type 50wpm while using Photoshop, but there are occasions where I do want or need to.

True innovation excites, but I guess the slow and steady way is working for Apple. I know when Microsoft envisioned this, it would have and still costs a lot of money. If they can get it down to $3000 I'll buy one. Around the price of a Mac.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

Could they at least bump the basic model to 32gb? They sell gb's like they are gold. The surface RT has 32GB (granted half of it is part of the OS), but at least you get a microSD slot and USB. I have an RT & very happy with it. The internet is flawless. Every website displays perfect  & movies that require flash work too. The app store is the only bad thing. Since its new, games are very limited. You can drag & drop every file you want on it. Movies, MP3's, pictures are easy to transfer. You have to go through itunes to do anything on an iPad. God I hate that.

StHapns247
StHapns247

$500 for air? I don't know, that seems a little steep.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Infinity Blade 3 for me it's game of the year. Amazing year for IOS gaming, with Star Wars Kotor, Square-Enix games like the good old Final Fantasy, Plants vs Zombies 2, and a lot more. The future it's here.

Karchy
Karchy

Tablet, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'!!

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

This news calmed my nerves. I have an iPad 2. It's A5 processor is damn good, but is now about 4x less powerful than the A7.

The reason it's important that the iPad 2 remain the current bottom tier is because that means support from Apple will continue for quite a while longer.

This means app makers will be using the iPad 2 as the low end for the spec requirements. The apps may miss some features, but for the most part - apps will continue to be supported in my device.

This is one of the great things about Apple controlling both hardware and OS. The longevity of support. Some people don't see the value in the price tag. I get that. For me, I have found the value and haven't found an Android or Windows product that can replace it in my home.

S_tephe_N
S_tephe_N

@lazycomplife Look at it this way, no one that comes on gamespot would ever consider getting a fucking IPAD as a gaming device. Apple pays loads = free moneyz

vhiran
vhiran

@Jarten That's kind of the idea isn't it? Anybody can replace the glass but if you drop an air (and many will...) you're looking at a lot more than a simple glass replacement due to the lack of protection for it's innards.

Anyway I don't see a reason to replace my current Ipad.

McGregor
McGregor

@LJNkickstarter Honestly, if my company didn't pay for my "smart" phone, I'd go back to a trusty flip phone. I don't use the internet on it that often, and when I do, I just get irritated at how slow it is (and that it brings up a useless mobile site 99% of the time); I usually end up on my PC to look items up anyway.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@andmcq iPad sales have been slumping for some time. Apple isn't as dominant in tablets as they are in phones. I tend to agree with either that people don't upgrade because they don't have to or that tablets were just a phase. Not that tablets will go away, but they will just be a regular product that only people who don't have one and want one need to buy. Everyone else will continue to use their PCs that they don't need to upgrade, watch their TVs they don't need to upgrade, or play their consoles that only need to be updated every few years. Sales of PCs might have chiefly slowed because Microsoft never forced people off XP like Apple does their new operating systems. They tried with Vista, but people resisted. You can still use a 10 year old PC and be happy with it. Digital goods don't go stale.

JOMMY999
JOMMY999

@andmcq I am using an android phone but i am thinking to get iPad air as my first tablet and my first apple product actually

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

@TiberiusJonez  It all depends on what you prefer. For someone who owns a Mac pc, iphone, itv, etc. those people will find a ipad more useful simply for connectivity reasons. You can hate the ipad all you want but it doesn't take away the fact that it's still a very impressive piece of tech. So much so that the companies you mentioned continue to try and copy or reproduce it to varying degrees of success. 

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@istuffedsunny Apple has been doing this for years. They make their PCs/devices hard or impossible to upgrade and charge extremely high prices for ram and hard drive space. It's like real estate with them. I used to work at a used Mac store that did good business selling ram for less than what Apple charged for it. 

TiberiusJonez
TiberiusJonez

@Hvac0120 "and haven't found an Android or Windows product that can replace it in my home." I have to say... you're not looking very hard then. Seriously. In fact, since I enjoy watching video that doesn't come from youtube, I have yet to find an Apple product that will replace a Surface RT or any number of other tablets that support windows, android and, oh yeah, Flash.

da_chub
da_chub

Well said. I bought a creative zen back when...and it last less then 2 years. Warrantied and got an iPod. That lasted 6 years. My longest lasting pc is 6 years with over $1200 invested...but my 10 year old Macbook still runs like new.and that costed $1200. I love my iPhone 5, makes a pc useless except for gaming(but my wii u and ps3 always get played 1st) and picture/music storage. Apple is just better.

McGregor
McGregor

@Kryptonbornson @andmcq Apple isn't as dominant in phones as they used to be either. Samsung sells nearly as many of their 'S' series phones as apple does, 'i' series.

pyro1245
pyro1245

@JOMMY999 get a google tablet, you'll be right at home since you have a phone. They're pretty much the same thing but bigger and without the phone and carrier bloatware.

andmcq
andmcq

@JOMMY999 That's fair enough. The quality and comfort of the Apple iPads is leaps and bounds beyond what Android offers. My comment was really directed to people who upgrade yearly from iPad 2s, 3s and 4s.

McGregor
McGregor

@IAMTYLERDURDEN @TiberiusJonez You do know that Apple didn't invent the tablet, right? Granted, they made the product viable in the market, where Microsoft and other's failed. Just saying.

Apple gets credit for making the product popular, but they don't get credit for the invention. Apple hasn't actually invented anything for a while.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@IAMTYLERDURDEN I used to own $2800 HP Table PC TC1100 -- I ran WoW on that thing. It had ethernet and USB (not to mention dial-up) which iPad doesn't have to date. Now that was very impressive piece of tech. I'm glad MS didn't copy Apple and didn't make limited mobile OS for tablets

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

For my family, the iPad has the apps and the features to make everyone happy. The Windows Store cannot compete with the apps on iOS; especially in the area of educational apps. On top of that is a user interface that everyone is familiar with and easily understands (all the way down to the 2-year-old).

We don't use the iPad as much for video as it's mostly used in the home and the big screen takes care of video.

We have Windows computers if someone in the house wants to interact with a Flash-based website.

Windows RT works for you. It wouldn't work for us. It's not a lack of looking. It's a matter of what works best for our family.

McGregor
McGregor

@IAMTYLERDURDEN @McGregor I knew about tablets before the iPad. But you are right, it doesn't matter. I actually thank Apple for creating a new tech space to be excited about!

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

@McGregor Does it really matter? I mean... who knew about "tablets" before the ipad and it's copy cats were released. They may have been around before but they sure weren't what they are today and that's thanks to Apple and the ipad.