Apple had another event just in time for the holidays unveiling their new iPads, the iPad Mini 2, & iPad Air. Sporting a new lightweight look with many new features which you can find below, this is the newest thing Apple will offer to break your pockets this holiday season.

The iPad Air starts shipping November 1st for $499. Is it worth the upgrade? We can’t decisively say until we actually review the thing, of course, though it certainly looks compelling. It’s slimmer, it’s lighter and Apple managed the feat without sacrificing speed or power — in fact, it’s improved on both counts. If you’re in the market for a new tablet and don’t mind dropping $500, the iPad is once again going to make a compelling proposition this holiday. Check out our video of the iPad Air below.

 

The new iPad mini, with all of its Retina display goodness, is now official. Announced today at Apple’s “lot to cover” event, the new mini was one of the final products shown off at the show. There isn’t much on the outside that we haven’t seen before — in fact, it still sports the same home button, indicating that it doesn’t feature a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. But, there is one glaring exception: the 2048 x 1536 Retina display, which amounts to 324 ppi. Compared to the original iPad mini that came out last year, this is a rather significant bump in pixel density, and we came away much more impressed with the mini as a result.

Differences In Specs

 

iPad (late 2012) iPad Air
Display 9.7-inch Retina display 9.7-inch Retina display
Resolution 2,048 x 1,536 2,048 x 1,536
Pixel Density 264 ppi 264 ppi
CPU 1 GHz dual-core Apple A6X 64-bit Apple A7 with M7 motion coprocessor
Memory 1GB TBD
Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel
Rear Camera 5-megapixel iSight camera 5-megapixel iSight camera
Cellular GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE
WiFi Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope 3-axis 3-axis
Dimensions 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm
Weight (WiFi) 652 grams (1.44 pounds) 469 grams (1 pound)
Weight (Cellular) 662 grams (1.46 pounds) 478 grams (1.05 pounds)
Battery 42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer 32.4-watt-hour lithium polymer
Ports Lightning, 3.5mm headphone Lightning, 3.5mm headphone
Location (WiFi) WiFi, Digital Compass WiFi, Digital Compass
Location (3G / LTE) aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi
Minimum Price $499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular $499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular
Details accurate at launch
iPad mini iPad mini with Retina display
Display 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD 7.9-inch Retina display
Resolution 1,024 x 768 2,048 x 1,536
Pixel Density 163 ppi 326 ppi
CPU 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 64-bit Apple A7 with M7 motion coprocessor
Memory 512MB TBD
Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel
Rear Camera 5-megapixel iSight camera 5-megapixel iSight camera
Cellular GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE
WiFi Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope 3-axis 3-axis
Dimensions 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm
Weight (WiFi) 308 grams (0.68 pounds) 331 grams (0.73 pounds)
Weight (Cellular) 312 grams (0.69 pounds) 341 grams (0.75 pounds)
Battery 16.3-watt-hour lithium polymer 23.8-watt-hour lithium polymer
Ports Lightning, 3.5mm headphone Lightning, 3.5mm headphone
Location (WiFi) WiFi, Digital Compass WiFi, Digital Compass
Location (3G / LTE) aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi
Minimum Price $299 WiFi-only, $429 Cellular $399 WiFi-only, $529 Cellular
Details accurate at launch
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