The iPad Air weighs only one pound versus the current 4th generation iPad with Retina display at 1.4 pounds. It's also 43% thinner offering what Apple exec Phil Schiller says is a "dramatically different feel" and is more comfortable to hold in one hand.
Schiller also said the new specs position the iPad as the "lightest, full-sized tablet in the world." But while the specs of both the iPad Air were mostly reported earlier in speculative news reports, including the notable inclusion of a 64-bit A7 processor in both the iPad Air and new iPad mini (which also now sports a 2048 x 1536 Retina display), Apple made a number of strategic announcements [...]
Among the changes, Microsoft's Skype unit says it's improved the accesibility of the dialpad with touchtype . Also new is VoiceOver which announces the sender's name when messaging and improvement to VoiceOver for group chats.
Skype also said it made several "general fixes" which probably means it's fixed bugs it found in earlier versions.
The free Skype for iPad version 4.13 supports: iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Mini.
iOS 5.0 or later is required on all devices.
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Although it has released several new models since the iPad 2 debuted back in March of 2011, Apple still offers the IPad 2 for $399. Apple is expected to release a new iPad model later this month which could mean the iPad 2 will be discontinued and the current iPad with Retina display becomes Apple's lower cost 'value' tablet.
So while a "free" iPad is still a good deal if you're going to get the Dish service anyway, the iPad 2 is very much yesterday's model. Also, several features in Apple's latest software update, iOS 7, aren't available on the iPad 2 including Siri, AirDrop and video sharing via PhotoStream.
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