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

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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

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