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Apple unveils iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, pre-order now

Both get Touch ID, iPad Air 2 gets even thinner display and A8X processor

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True to last night’s leak, Apple unveiled both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at tonight’s media event in Cupertino. Both iPads are available to pre-order from tomorrow (October 17) and are set to ship by the end of next week. Here’s a rundown of the key features that make these iPads Apple’s best ever…

The world’s thinnest tablet

The iPad Air 2 is the world’s thinnest tablet – some 18 per cent thinner than the original Air at just 6.1mm and 437g. The stunning Retina display comes with a new anti-reflective coating, which is 56 per cent less reflective. 

Touch ID

As expected, both iPads now come with Touch ID as standard. The feature, which uses a fingerprint scanner under the Home button, enables users to unlock their device with a finger and authenticate App Store and iTunes purchases. Apple Pay will also work with the new iPads when the service rolls out in the US on Monday.

New processor,  longer battery life

iPad Air 2 will ship with the new iPad-only A8X processor – an already immediate upgrade over the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The processor  contains three billion transistors and houses a second-gen 64-bit architecture guaranteed to boost general usability. Battery life remains at 10 hours.

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Improved camera, new burst mode

The iPad Air 2 has been given the new eight-megapixel iSight camera, and also shoots 1080p HD video. The iPad Air 2’s also has a new Burst Mode, Slo-mo and Time-lapse capabilities. There’s also a new FaceTime camera on the front with new face detection functionality.

Price and availability

Pre-order for both iPads begins tomorrow (October 17) and shipping is expected to begin by the end of next week. Available in Gold, Space Grey and Silver, some models have had $100 slashed off the price. All iPad mini remain on sale, with the original set to retail at just $249, which will translate to under £200. Here’s a quick summary…

iPad Air 2

Wi-Fi only:

16GB: $499

64GB: $599

128GB: $699

Wi-Fi/celluar

16GB: $629

64GB: $729

128GB: $829

iPad mini 3

Wi-Fi only:

16GB: $399

64GB: $499

128GB: $599

Wi-Fi/celluar

16GB: $529

64GB: $629

128GB: $729

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