UPDATE 8/11/203: We have now reviewed the Apple iPad Air – see our full and independent review of the new iPad Air to see how it performs.
After much speculation Apple has confirmed an update to its existing tablets with the release of the new iPad Air and new iPad mini.
At their annual release event the firm announced a new, lighter and thinner iPad Air and an updated version of the iPad mini that now includes Retina display.
New iPad Air is thinner and lighter
While it might have a new name the iPad Air is still an update to the existing iPad 4, rather than a completely new product.
Rather than huge improvements in features Apple has banked on making their flagship iPad more mobile. Not only is the iPad Air twenty per cent thinner than its predecessor but it’s significantly lighter, weighing in at just 469g rather than 654g. Apple claims that makes it the ‘lightest full size tablet in the world’.
Apple has also included the improved 64-bit A7 processor in the iPad Air and upgrades to both the front and rear cameras.
For full details read our blog post on the new iPad Air
New iPad mini with Retina display
Apple’s more portable 7.9-inch iPad mini also got a modest update.
There’s an improved screen. The Retina display – as seen on the previous full sized iPad – should mean films, games and anything else you watch will look sharp. Apple have also upgraded the iPad mini to a 64-bit processor allowing the device to smoothly run more advanced apps.
For full details read our blog post on the new iPad mini
New iPad price and release date
The iPad Air hits the shops on November 1 with the iPad Mini following later in November.
The iPad Air is priced at £399 for the 16GB wifi version and will compete with the recently updated Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (£339, 32GB) and the hybrid Asus Transformer Pad TF701T (£429, 32GB).
The cheaper iPad mini will cost £319 for the 16GB wifi version, making it significantly more expensive than other 7-inch tablets like the popular Google Nexus 7 (£199, 16GB).