Apple unveils iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3; Thinner and Faster

Apple is holding an event  and has finally unveiled the most anticipated iPad, iPad Air 2, thinner than any iPad Apple has ever built. When Tim Cook came on the stage he didn’t forget to brag about iPad mini sales “Over 225 million iPads have been sold to date”.

The new iPad is thinner than iPad Air. You might remember when iPad Air was launched Apple showed a pencil to show how thin iPad Air is.This time, cut that pencil in half and you get the new iPad Air 2. The device measures 6.1 mm, that thin iPad Air 2 is.

The new iPad is powered by  a custom Apple A8X chipset, a version made especially for the iPad series. The CPU is 40% faster, while the GPU is 2.5x faster than on the A7 chipset.

Interestingly, the TouchID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone has finally made its way onto the iPad Air 2.

The iPad Air 2 features display with same resolution but the difference is the new display has ant-reflective coating that helps reduce reflections off the screen up to 56%.

Not over yet. Apple iPad Air 2 also features a 8MP F/2.4 camera. The came can shoot 1080p video and boasts ability to take time-lapse videos, 120fps slow-mo videos and also offers burst mode. iPad Air 2 also packs a second mic to record stereo audio.

The camera at the front has also got some updates. The camera has got a new sensor,  improved face detection and even HDR videos. The tablet packs a battery good for 10 hours

The new Apple iPad Air 2 will be available in Silver, Space Gray and Gold.

The iPad Air 2 is priced at  $499 for the 16GB and there is no 32GB just like iPhone 6, instead 64GB that is priced at $599. If you want an LTE version, that will shell you out an extra $130.

Pre-orders for iPad Air 2 will start tomorrow, Oct 17 and release date is set to October 24.

Apple iPad Air 2 will ship next week in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Apple iPad mini 3

Alongside iPad Air, Apple has also launched the new iPad mini 3. However, there is nothing much about the new iPad mini.

New iPad mini keeps its original size and resolution  7.9″ and 1,536 x 2,048 pixels. And if there is anything new to the new iPad mini 3, they are the model name, Touch ID and Apple Pay, plus there’s a Gold color option. Just like iPhone, there no more a 32GB version of the iPad mini, instead there are 64 and 128GB models.

Other features are almost same as iPad mini. The device sports same camera, a 5MP iSight camera and an HD FaceTime camera.And for connectivity, no Cat. 4 LTE or Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

Pre-orders for iPad mini 3 starts tomorrow and the Apple iPad mini 3 will be available by the end of next week. It will be offered in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options for $400, $500 and $600 respectively. And just like iPad Air 2, Add $130 for an LTE version. The iPad mini 3 will be available in three colors, Silver, Space Gray and Gold.

In the US, iPad mini will be offered by four major carriers which include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.