It appears that there is no fifth-generation iPad. Instead, Apple has replaced it entirely with an “iPad Air,” which is 20% thinner than the previous generation and features the smaller bezels of the iPad mini.
This model is also signifacantly lighter than the previous generation, weighing in at just 1 pound. In addition, it is powered by the Apple A7 chip — that’s right, no A7X processor this time around — meaning that performance should be similar, if not identical, to the iPhone 5S. The M7 chip is also along for the ride, but TouchID doesn’t seem to be included. The update also includes a better camera, all while maintaining the ten-hour battery life.
The iPad Air will ship on November 1st and fill the previous price-points of the fourth-generation iPad, and will be available for $499. The iPad 2 sticks around at $399.