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Apple's iPad Air: First look, in pictures (gallery)

The fifth-generation tablet, the iPad Air, retains the curves and design of its predecessors, yet is lighter and thinner. Here's the first few snapshots of the long-awaited device.

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Topic: Apple
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The new iPad Air lands in silver and white, and space grey. The tablet has four storage versions: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

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The 9.7-inch Retina display comes with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. It also lands with a narrower side bezel. At just 7.3 millmeters thin, it's about 43 percent thinner than the fourth-generation iPad.

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Following on from the iPhone 5s, the world's first 64-bit mobile phone, the iPad Air will now land with the next-generation processor, which has more than 1 billion transistors, and 56-times the processing power.

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iPad Air lands with a 5-megapixel iSight camera that supports 1080p high-definition video. It also comes with dual microphones for better calling, and an improved backside illumination. 

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The tablet will also come pre-installed with the latest version of , which was released on September 18.

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Wi-Fi networking will run up to 300Mbps, thanks to the use of its dual-antennas.

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Despite its thinner and lighter design, the iPad Air will still land with 10-hour battery life on a single charge.

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The device ships on November 1, and will be available in the U.S., the U.K., Spain, France, Germany, and now China, among more than two-dozen countries.

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