Oct. 22--Apple unveiled the iPad Air, their latest revision to the iPad line, during their Tuesday press conference.
The Air has the same 9.7-inch screen size as its predecessors, but it's thinner at 7.5 millimeters and lighter at one pound. It also sports a 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion chip, which were first introduced in the iPhone 5S.
Apple announced the Air, which will come in different models with different amounts of storage and optional cellular capabilities, will start at $499, the same amount the current full-sized iPad runs.
Additionally, Apple announced a new iPad Mini, which has been upgraded to a sharper "retina" display as well as the A7 chip. Those additions bump the entry price of the Mini to $399, compared to $329 for the current Mini.
The iPad Air ships November 1, with the new Mini arriving "later in November."
Apple will still sell the old iPad Mini at a reduced price of $299, as well as the iPad 2 -- two generations behind the iPad Air -- for $399.
Among the announcements in the conference, dubbed "a lot to talk about," Apple announced its new Mavericks upgrade to the OS X Mac operating system is available for free, starting Tuesday.
Apple's suite of productivity apps, including Garage Band, iMovie, iPhoto and iWork, have all received upgrades and will now be included for free with all new iOS devices.