The fifth generation of Apple’s tablet device will be known as the iPad Air, the company has announced.

At a launch event in San Francisco, the technology giant revealed a slimmed-down version of the tablet, as well as a revamped iPad mini.

The iPad Air, which will be available in white, silver and black, weighs 450g and is around 20% thinner than the previous model.

It will be available worldwide on November 1, alongside the latest iPad mini, which features a 7.9-inch Retina display.

Apple also announced the latest update to its OS X operating system, Mavericks, as well as improvements to its iWork and iLife suite of programmes, will be available free of charge.

The OS X update overhauls its iBooks service, offers a revamped Calendar and adds Maps to desktop devices for the first time.

Apple claims the software will improve the battery life and speed of its desktop and laptop devices.

It also unveiled a new range of MacBooks, starting at $999 (£615) for the 11-inch Air, up to $1,9999 (£1,230) for the 15-inch Pro.

A new Mac Pro desktop computer will be available later this year, priced at $2,999 (£1,850).

source: skynews