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Will the 1-Pound iPad Air Be Better for Reading Books?

apple-logo-248x300Apple introduced the 1-pound iPad Air this afternoon, a thinner and faster version of the company’s bestselling tablet.

The old iPad 2 weighed 1.44 pounds. Do you think the weight change will make a difference for reading books on iPads? AppNewser has all the details:

It has an A7 chip inside the same chip in the iPhone 5S. It is 72x faster than the first generation. The new device supports 1080p HD video and an 5MP iSight camera. A 16GB model costs $399 and ships in November.

The company has also updated its suite of reading and writing tools:

At the press conference, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, demonstrated a new version of OS X which brings updates to apps. For instance, photos and videos from iBooks titles can jump out on the screen above the digital book page… Apple also revealed updates to Keynote, making transitions smoother and cleaner. The company also revealed iWork for iCloud (beta) a new feature that lets you share documents collaboratively like Google Docs. Users can access these files from a Mac or a PC. This new productivity suite is free, which will give Microsoft a run for its money.

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