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Apple unveils new iPad Air, revamped iPad Mini and MacBook Pro

Apple on Wednesday rounded out its line-up of gadgets for the year with a new line up of iPad tablets that are thinner and lighter.
The Straits Times - October 23, 2013
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Apple unveils new iPad Air, revamped iPad Mini and MacBook Pro

SAN FRANCISCO - The tech giant announced a new version of the iPad, calling it the iPad Air. The tablet with a 10-inch display screen will now weigh one pound. The previous version weighed 1.4 pounds. Apple also shaved off almost 2mm off the iPad, making it 20 per cent thinner at 7.5mm thick while the bezel is 43 per cent smaller It will also run on the latest A7 chip. The tablet will be available in Singapore from November 1. The iPad Air, WiFi only version will start from S$688, while the cellular version starts from S$870.

Apple also added its high-definition "Retina Display" to the iPad Mini to stay competitive with recent upgrades to the smaller tablets sold by Google and Amazon. It will also be available in November and will go for $548 onwards.

The company also updated its line of MacBook Pro with new Intel chips and longer battery life. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will be powered by a 4th-generation Haswell core, with integrated Intel Iris graphics. It will have up to 9-hour battery life. The 15-inch version will come with Intel's  Crystalwell chip instead and will last up to 8 hours.

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