Meet the iPad Air – Apple's "biggest leap ever" in the iPad world

iPad Air who? Apple's newest tablet is its thinnest, fastest, most scrumptious yet. But it won't read your fingerprints

Finally after being leaked more times than we can bear to count, Apple has finally lifted the curtains off its latest full-fat iPad.

RIP, iPad 5

The fifth generation iPad Air (RIP iPad 5 moniker) features a slimmer, sexier and lighter design with clever brains to match.

It's a whopping 43 per cent thinner than the previous generation iPad 4 and is 20 per cent thinner at just 7.5mm. According to Apple, the new iPad Air feels very different in the hands and is groundbreaking both in design and comfort.

Despite its smaller bezels, it retains its beautifully crisp 9.7in 2048x1536 display and also has two new colour schemes to boot – silver/white and space grey/black. Gold however is nowhere to be seen – sorry bling fans.

Also absent is the long-rumoured Touch ID fingerprint Home button sensor, despite the fact that the iPad Air sports same 64-bit A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s which is required for the fingerprint encryption to work. 

Why Apple omitted this function remains unclear, but it could be due to space-saving constraints or the fact that you can't comfortably unlock an iPad one-handed.

Other juicy specs include dual WIMO antennas which promise twice the data speeds over Wi-Fi than the iPad 4 and a smaller battery (to help reduce the weight) which still offers 10 hours of use thanks to the more efficient A7 processor. And of course, it'll ship with the latest version of iOS 7.

The A7 chip itself provides the iPad Air with twice the 3D rendering power and 72x the graphics performance of the previous generation iPad too.

Overall, Apple promises that the iPad Air will be a "drastically different experience" to any other iPad that's come before it, and we can't wait to caress its sleek build, so stay tuned for our hands-on preview.

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