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Apple unveils new 'iPad Air'

Apple has unveiled its new iPad Air, a new operating system and new computers at a launch event in San Francisco.

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Apple to unveil new iPads

People lined up for the Apple event at the Yerba Buena centre in San Francisco Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Apple has kicked off a product event at which the company is expected to introduce slimmer, faster iPads in time for the holidays.

The new tablets will face stiff competition, with Microsoft Corp, Nokia and Inc all plugging rival devices in coming months.

Apple, which jumpstarted the tablet computing market in 2010 with the first iPad, has already come under increasing pressure from cheaper devices from Amazon's Kindle Fire to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Note.

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