Set for release on November 1 and priced from $499, the 7.5mm thin, 1-pound iPad Air has 9.7-inch Retina display with a smaller bezel and is 43% thinner than the previous model. Aesthetics aside, you’ll find the new A7 chip inside, the same one found in Apple’s iPhone 5S – making graphics performance 72% faster than the first generation model. Continue reading for two videos, more hands-on pictures and additional information.

Here’s what The Verge has to say about the new model:

Both White and Space Gray iPad Airs look nice, the Space Gray slightly stealthier and the White a little more fun (and a little more prone to fingerprints, it looks like).

They feel fast, though not noticeably different from the A7-powered iPhone 5S.

Even despite a couple of surprising omissions, like a TouchID fingerprint sensor, this device deserves a new name: it feels completely different than the full-sized iPad once did.

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