Brian also just finished up some hands on with the iPad Air. Check out the video below for his impressions and a comparison to the new mini.

We just played with the iPad Air, which is much thinner and lighter than the previous generation iPad. In the hands, it's shocking how much of a difference the change in profile makes, analogous somewhat to the way moving from the iPhone 4 or 4S to 5 felt. The chamfered edge and narrower profile makes it easier to grip the iPad Air in the hands, and there's still enough bezel around as well, though it is smaller. 

The iPad Air feels a lot more like a larger iPad mini than it does a newer generation of the previous iPad. The iPad Air includes the same Apple A7 SoC as the iPhone 5s and also includes the M7 sensor fusion hub. 

Gallery: iPad Air

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  • iwould - Thursday, October 24, 2013 - link

    ipad air is clocked faster, mini is little faster than iphone 5s, ipad air have bigger screen use more bettary than mini.
  • yanasister - Friday, October 25, 2013 - link

    It sure is good to see a fairly open minded non-biased top 10. I get tired of the i-sheep reports that the iPhone 5 is the best thing out there. In truth, the iOS and iPhones are falling behind. Nothing of their own design or concept since the 3. Apple has been copying ideas off the jailbreak community for years and now Android. If you've been following it for as long as I have, Android is years ahead of iOS. I love the battle, it serves to get me a better product. I switched from the iPhone 5 to the Samsung S4 a while ago. Took a little getting used to, but now when I pick up an iPhone, I chuckle and put it back down to get me beloved S4 back. I could never go back. And the new iOS? Lol Wtf were they thinking? Ppl keep using apple for familiarity. Scared to change or learn something new. I used this latest version I like the new things.
  • mjh483 - Sunday, October 27, 2013 - link

    It can't be the "exactly" the same as the one in iPhone 5s. A6X was already ahead of A6 in the graphics department. And Apple claims that iPad Air delivers 2X faster graphics performance than the 4th gen iPad. So I guess it is a higher clocked version of A7. And so it could have extra RAM as well. After all, it has to push 3 million pixels!

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