iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 Announced!

Apple today had some big news surrounding its iPad line, as they finally announced the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3!

Design

The new iPad Air 2 is even thinner than its predecessor! Now coming in at just 6.1mm! This makes the iPad Air 2 the world’s thinnest tablet. Apple says the iPad Air 2 is now 18% more thinner than last year’s iPad Air.



Screen

The reason why the iPad Air 2 is so thin is because there is no air-gap. Apple has optically bonded the touch sensor and the display making the screen even more better than before. There is now a new “Anti-Reflective” coating which Apple says will reduce reflections by 56%. No doubt this will help when viewing the Air 2 in bright conditions.

Image Courtesy of Apple

Image Courtesy of Apple

Performance

Powering the iPad Air 2 is a new A8X processor bringing a second-gen 64-bit chip. This leads to 40% faster CPU performance, and 2.5 times faster GPU performance. The Air 2 also has the new M8-Motion Co-processor, which will track your motion.

Camera

The iPad Air 2 now has a new 8MP iSight camera with a f/2.4 aperture. New camera features include: Time Lapse, Slo-Motion video recording, and Burst Mode. The new FaceTime camera has also been improved, now bringing in 81% more light.

Wireless/Hardware

To top it all off the iPad Air 2 now has better WiFi performance, and faster LTE; now supporting up to 20 LTE bands. The best part of the iPad Air 2 is that Touch-ID is finally included, iOS 8.1 will come pre-installed, and there will be support for Apple Pay even though it will only work for online payments. Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will come in three color options: Silver, Space Grey, and Gold.

iPad Mini 3

For the iPad Mini 3 it is pretty much the same as last year’s iPad Mini, but now featuring the Touch-ID sensor.

Pricing

So how much is it? The iPad Air 2 will cost you $499 for the WiFi 16GB model, $599 for the 64GB model and $699 for the 128GB model. Cellular versions will cost you an extra $130 respectively. The iPad Mini 3 will start at $399 and will go up by $100 for each respective storage capacity.

Deals

For those looking for a deal, last year’s iPad Air and iPad Mini will be reduced by $100; making the Air now $399, and the Mini 2 $299. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

Pre-Order & Shipping

When can you buy the new iPad’s? Pre-orders start tomorrow and Apple says they will start shipping out by the end of next week. What do you guys think of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3? Will you be buying one? Leave us a comment down below!

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