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iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 Announced!

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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Paul Villalobos

Paul is a Senior Editor for iTechTriad. Paul has experience reporting in the consumer electronics space through his own website, "Tech Mobile Reviews". Paul enjoys testing and playing with the latest mobile gadgets that are out in the market. You can find him on Instagram or Twitter.