Taking cues from the tech giant’s thinnest laptop is the latest evolution of the insanely popular iPad: Apple‘s iPad Air. Unveiled today at its highly anticipated keynote, the iPad Air features a brand new aluminum unibody design weighing just a single pound – 28% lighter than the previous iPad and also 20% thinner (measuring just 7.5 mm) with 24% less volume. Boasting Apple’s high-definition Retina Display with 2048×1536 resolution and over 3.1 million pixels, the design now also comes powered with the proprietary A7 chip and a M7 coprocessor – effectively bringing 64-bit desktop-class architecture to the tablet. Two antennas and MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) technology mean double the Wi-Fi performance with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Complete with free apps like iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, the iPad Air is set to be available online and at Apple Stores beginning November 1 with prices starting at $499 USD.