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The iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display: what's new?

Apple took care of the cycled iPhone refresh last month at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, and thus it was logical for the company to move on to the iPad lineup next. As such, Tim Cook and Co. today revealed a new generation of tablets, including a redesigned, thinner and lighter iPad Air and the long-rumored, much-awaited iPad mini with Retina display. Of course, there are more changes under the hood, so join us after the jump, where we'll break down the spec sheets of each and see how they stack up against last year's models.

Andy Bowen contributed to this report.

iPad (late 2012)

iPad Air

Display

9.7-inch Retina display

9.7-inch Retina display

Resolution

2,048 x 1,536

2,048 x 1,536

Pixel Density

264 ppi

264 ppi

CPU

1 GHz dual-core Apple A6X

64-bit Apple A7 with M7 motion coprocessor

Memory

1GB

TBA

Storage

16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB

16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB

Front Camera

1.2-megapixel

1.2-megapixel

Rear Camera

5-megapixel iSight camera

5-megapixel iSight camera

Cellular

GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE

GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE

WiFi

Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n

Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

4.0

4.0

Accelerometer

3-axis

3-axis

Gyroscope

3-axis

3-axis

Dimensions

241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm

240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm

Weight (WiFi)

652 grams (1.44 pounds)

469 grams (1 pound)

Weight (Cellular)

662 grams (1.46 pounds)

478 grams (1.05 pounds)

Battery

42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer

32.4-watt-hour lithium polymer

Ports

Lightning, 3.5mm headphone

Lightning, 3.5mm headphone

Location (WiFi)

WiFi, Digital Compass

WiFi, Digital Compass

Location (3G / LTE)

aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi

aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi

Starting price

$499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular

$499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular

Details accurate at launch

iPad mini

iPad mini with Retina display

Display

7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD

7.9-inch Retina display

Resolution

1,024 x 768

2,048 x 1,536

Pixel Density

163 ppi

326 ppi

CPU

1 GHz dual-core Apple A5

64-bit Apple A7 with M7 motion coprocessor

Memory

512MB

TBA

Storage

16GB/32GB/64GB

16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB

Front Camera

1.2-megapixel

1.2-megapixel

Rear Camera

5-megapixel iSight camera

5-megapixel iSight camera

Cellular

GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE

GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE

WiFi

Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n

Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

4.0

4.0

Accelerometer

3-axis

3-axis

Gyroscope

3-axis

3-axis

Dimensions

200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm

200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm

Weight (WiFi)

308 grams (0.68 pounds)

331 grams (0.73 pounds)

Weight (Cellular)

312 grams (0.69 pounds)

341 grams (0.75 pounds)

Battery

16.3-watt-hour lithium polymer

23.8-watt-hour lithium polymer

Ports

Lightning, 3.5mm headphone

Lightning, 3.5mm headphone

Location (WiFi)

WiFi, Digital Compass

WiFi, Digital Compass

Location (3G / LTE)

aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi

aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi

Starting price

$299 WiFi-only, $429 Cellular

$399 WiFi-only, $529 Cellular

Details accurate at launch