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The first customers of the day wait outside the 5th Ave. Apple store in Manhattan on Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2013. (Siemond Chan/Yahoo Finance)

Apple fans lining up for new iPad Air

When Apple came out with a smaller iPad last year, the original version suddenly seemed heavy and bulky. The iPad Mini fit more easily in pockets and bags, and it felt more comfortable in my hands. It was also cheaper than the full-size version.

Today's release of the new iPad Air, along with a price increase for a new Mini model, narrows those distinctions. (AP)