New Delhi: Along with the iPad Air launch on Tuesday, Apple also announced the successor to the iPad Mini. The second-gen iPad Mini (also called the iPad Mini 2) comes with a 7.9-inch Retina Display and has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.
The iPad Mini 2 is also engineered with Apple's A7 chip. It is said to be up to 4x faster on CPU and is claimed to offer 8x faster graphics. Apple says the second-generation iPad Mini will offer users up to 10 hours of battery life. It also has a 5-megapixel iSight camera and a 1080p FaceTime camera.
The Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display will come in two colours - Silver and Black. The base model of the iPad Mini 2 (16GB WiFi only) will come at $399. The original iPad Mini will now be available for $299.
The Apple iPad Air has a 9.7-inch Retina display and a smaller bezel. It is 43 per cent thinner. The iPad Air is 7.5mm thin, and is 20 per cent thinner the outgoing model. It weighs 1 pound - down from 1.4 pounds.
The iPad Air powered by Apple's A7 chip and also has M7 Motion co-processor under the hood. Apple CEO Tim Cook says, the Apple iPad Air ofers up to 8x faster performance and, 72x faster graphics performance. It has a Retina Display and is 2x faster at opening files.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple has sold 170 million iPads since the tablets launched three years ago.
Apple, which jumpstarted the tablet computing market in 2010 with the first iPad, has already come under increasing pressure from cheaper devices ranging from Amazon's Kindle Fire to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Note.
Longer term however, investors hope to see real device innovation from a company that has not unveiled a new breakthrough product in years.
Cook on Tuesday dismissed the competition as directionless. The company sold 14.6 million iPads in the June quarter, down 14 per cent from the same time last year. The iPad's market share has been eroding compared with cheaper rivals running Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
(With inputs from Reuters)