Faster, Thinner, Lighter: Here's Why Were Excited for the New iPad Air

Apple made its much-anticipated announcement, and we're adding the new tablet to our holiday wish list

At a much anticipated press event in California earlier today, Apple announced its new iPad Air tablet, which we admit has us super excited (while we're still waiting for our back-ordered iPhone 5S in gold!). Here are the main reasons why:

 

It's thinner and lighter.

As the product's name clearly implies, it's way less bulky than your current iPad. It weighs only one pound, and it's 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad. Hopefully this will improve the discomfort associated with our holiday travel at least a teeny bit.

 

You'll feel even more immersed in what you're doing.

There's a 43 percent narrower bezel so you can feel even more deeply engrossed in your content (as if that's what we really need). This is a great feature when it comes to watching movies, for instance.

 

It's way faster.

The Air has the A7 chip that got all the buzz during the iPhone 5S announcement; it's supposed to give the device desktop-computer-like infrastructure -- and make it 72 times faster than the original iPad. Nominally, you'll get up to twice the CPU graphics performance -- meaning everything you do, from game playing to photo editing, is supposed be faster and better. And the chip allows the battery to be even smaller, which means it's got a noticeably smaller overall volume than the last generation but with better performance and the same 10-hour battery life.

 

It's got a better camera.

The iSight camera is supposed to provide faster auto focus, three times video zoom, five times still zoom, video stabilization and other improvements. Plus, the device has a next generation FaceTime HD camera with improved backside illumination sensors with larger pixels, which are indented to improve performance in low light. 

Want one too? Look for iPad Air with wi-fi models will be available in silver or space gray (sorry, no gold!) starting on November 1 for $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB, $699 for the 64GB and $799 for the huge 128GB.  

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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