Apple’s iPad update today introduced two new products to their lineup, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3.
iPad Air 2
The Air 2 is thinner than a pencil at an impressive 6.1 mm, 18% thinner than the original iPad Air. It’s also the first tablet to have an anti-reflective coating, so it should look really good even in relatively bright environments.
Powering the Air 2 is the new A8X processor, a 2nd gen 64-bit processor with 3 billion transitors. It features 40% faster CPU performance and 2.5x faster GPU performance.
They’ve improved the camera included in the Air 2, packing in an 8MP iSight camera for great photos, videos and panoramas. They support 802.11 ac for ultrafast wireless.
One of the most requested features they’ve included is Touch ID, so those of you who can’t stop trying to unlock your iPads by touching the home button can relax; with the new model, it’ll actually work.
iPad Air 2 will be available in 16 GB for $499, 64GB for $599, and 128GB $699 for the WIFI versions, and $629, $729 and $829 for the cellular models.
iPad Mini 3
Apple spent very little time presenting the iPad Mini 3. It’s a 7.9-inch Retina display, available in 3 colors for $399, $499, $599 for the WiFi versions. Cellular editions will run $529, $629 and $729 respectively.
They also announced that they will be retaining the iPad Mini, Mini 2 and iPad Air in the lineup, which all get price drops. The Mini 2 and Air drop by $100, while the original Mini will be $249.
They will be accepting preorders on October 17, and the new units will start shipping next week.