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Apple Unveils iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini and Their Video Format Support List

Apple announced a new line of iPads on Tuesday in San Francisco — the iPad Air and second-generation retina iPad mini.

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Apple iPad Air

The new full-sized iPad has a new name: the iPad Air. The iPad Air is 43 percent thinner than the previous generation at 7.5 mm thin and weighs 1 pound. Inside the iPad Air runs on Apple’s A7 chip, has a 64-bit desktop architecture, includes the M7 chip that was introduced with the iPhone 5S. Besides, the iPad Air has a 5MP iSight camera that shoots 1080p HD video. The new FaceTime HD camera has larger pixels, and the screen features improved backside illumination. There are dual microphones for better audio quality. The 10-hour battery life that the iPad is known for is remains. The iPad Air will be available in Silver and Space Gray, with the Wi-Fi models starting at $499, and Wi-Fi + cellular starting at $629.

Apple Retina iPad mini

The new iPad mini with retina display will feature the same exact 2048×1536 resolution that the standard size retina iPad Air features. The iPad mini with retina display will replace the current iPad mini pricing and start at $399. The current generation iPad mini will remain on shelves but drop $100 down to $299 for the base 16GB WiFi only model.

iPad Air and retina iPad mini devices support the following video formats for playback on the device’s screen.

iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini Video formats supported:

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;

MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;

Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini Audio formats supported:

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps)
Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
HE-AAC
MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps)
MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)
Apple Lossless
AIFF
WAV

There’s little doubt that the iPad Air and retina iPad mini are going to be even more powerful and much more portable than any previous iPad. Get a new iPad and start your entertainment now.