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The new iPad lineup: Our rundown of what is and will be available

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Apple announced plenty of product updates today — you can watch the presentation online if you want, or see the tech specs for both the iPad Air and the iPad mini. (Note for those with OCD: "Air" is capitalized, "mini" is not.)

Apple has a clear but lengthy comparison of models online. Here's our summary:

Spec iPad Air iPad mini retina display iPad 2 iPad mini
CPU A7+M7 motion A7+M7 motion A5 A5
Weight 1.0 lb 0.73 lb 1.33 lbs 0.69 lb
Dimentions 6.6 x 9.4 x 0.29 in 5.3 x 7.87 x 0.29 in 7.31 x 9.5 x 0.34 in 5.3 x 7.87 x 0.29 in
Display 9.7 in 7.9 in 9.7 in 7.9 in
Resolution 2048 x 1536 px 2048 x 1536 px 1024 x 768 px 1024 x 768 px
Battery 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n + MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
GPS Cellular model only Cellular model only Cellular model only Cellular model only
Connector Lightning Lightning 30-pin Lightning
Colors Space Gray, Silver Space Gray, Silver Black, White Black, White
Availability November 1 Later in November Now Now
Models 16 GB WiFi: $499 16 GB WiFi: $399 16 GB WiFi: $399 16 GB WiFi: $299
  32 GB WiFi: $599 32 GB WiFi: $499 16 GB WiFi+3G: $529 16 GB WiFi+3G: $429
  64 GB WiFi: $699 64 GB WiFi: $599    
  128 GB WiFi: $799 128 GB WiFi: $699    
  16 GB WiFi+Cellular: $629 16 GB WiFi+Cellular: $529    
  32 GB WiFi+Cellular: $729 32 GB WiFi+Cellular: $629    
  64 GB WiFi+Cellular: $829 64 GB WiFi+Cellular: $729    
  128 GB WiFi+Cellular: $929 128 GB WiFi+Cellular: $829    

Note none of the iPads have Touch ID, the fingerprint reader. And none are available in gold. Get an iPhone.

Apple Announcement Day! New iPads today? Find out at 1 ET/10 PT

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It is Apple Announcement Day! It has been almost exactly 1 year since the iPad 4 and iPad mini. Time for a refresh? Thinner, lighter, faster, longer battery life, more pixely, more biometric... We will find out at 10 PT/1 ET. Apple is broadcasting this announcement live via Apple TV, and perhaps via web stream too. If you don't have the attention span for video I recommended live blogs at [arstechnica.com Ars Technica] or [engadget.com Engadget].

It won't all be iPads, since we expect the release of OS X Mavericks too. But even that give us a perk: iCloud Keychain syncing, saving and syncing passwords and credit cards to all your devices. Depending on your point of view, iCloud Keychain will be an convenient enabler of complex, unique passwords, or it will be a security nightmare. Let's see.

I'll try to tweet the highlights at @EnterpriseiOS — follow along for the fun.

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