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 Apple employees hold an Apple iPad Mini 2 (left) and an Apple iPad Air, at the launch

Apple employees hold an Apple iPad Mini 2 (left) and an Apple iPad Air, at the launch

Apple employees hold an Apple iPad Mini 2 (left) and an Apple iPad Air, at the launch

THE Christmas computer wars are heating up as Apple and its rivals launch new tablets.

Apple announced two new iPads, including a thinner, more powerful 10-inch model and a new high-resolution iPad mini device.

The new full size iPad, called the iPad Air, is almost a third lighter than the existing full-sized model and features a new PC-grade computer chip. It will cost around €500 and will be available from November 1.

Apple also discounted its existing iPad mini, which will remain on sale to challenge cheaper tablet PCs.

iPads are the best-selling tablets in Ireland, according to Irish retail figures. However, Apple has seen a fall in its iPad sales due to competition from lower-priced alternatives such as Google's Nexus 7.

The firm also updated its MacBook Pro laptop range and launched new high-end desktop computer, the Mac Pro.

Nokia has also unveiled its first ever tablet PC, the Lumia 2520. Nokia's 2520 will cost from €500. The company has declined to say whether it will sell in Ireland before Christmas.

hnews@herald.ie


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