Apple announces iPad Air, iPad Mini and Retina Macbook Pro

Not much new on the table for photographers but Apple's new devices are as sleek and slim as ever

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At its San Francisco launch last night Apple announced a number of new additions to its rapidly swelling product family: the iPad Air, the new iPad Mini and the Retina Macbook Pro.

The new iPads both feature Apple's new ‘razor-sharp' Retina display, powered by the new 64-bit A7 chip. On the iPad Air, this gets you 3.1-million pixels on a 2048x1536 resolution, 9.7-inch display screen.

The iPad Air is the lightest full-size iPad released to date, 20% thinner than its predecessor and weighing just one pound.

The new iPad mini also boasts 3.1-million pixels thanks to the A7 chip but it jams them into  a 7.9-inch display, giving it a pixel density of 326ppi.

As far as photography goes there's no much new to speak of: both the iPad Air and the new iPad mini feature the same iSight 5-megapixel camera as the fourth generation iPad. Apple does promise that, thanks to the new A7 chip and iOS 7, the camera will be faster to autofocus, be able to zoom up to five times further and will feature automatic image stabilisation. Both iPads capture stills and video.

Also announced was the new Macbook Pro with Retina display, an update to the 2012 Macbook Pro that boosts the battery life up to nine hours and slims down the weight to 1.57kg and the thickness to 1.8cm.

The iPad Air will be on sale starting at £399, the iPad mini at £319 and the Retina Macbook Pro at  £1699. The iPads are expected to be available in November, with precise dates yet to be announced, the Macbook pro with Retina display is available now through Apple's online store.