At the Apple’s event on 16th October, it had two surprises: the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.
The event took place at Apples headquarters in Cupertino, California. Apple accidentally published a new user guide which leaked the details of the two new full-sized and shrunk-down tablets.
The iPad Air 2 boasts an improved 9.7-inch Retina display and has an anti-reflective coating which makes it 56% less reflective to outdoor conditions.
The device is 18% thinner than its predecessor having a thickness of only 6.1mm, in fact it is the world’s thinnest tablet – thinner than a pencil.
The iPad Air 2 is powered by an improved 64-bit A8X processor and has a very fast graphics processor – 180 times faster than the original tablet. The new A8X chip includes an M8 processor.
The primary camera has been improved. It is now able to take 8MP photos and 1080p video. The secondary camera has a 1.2MP sensor for 720p high-definition video calling.
LTE networking has also been improved. It now allows for up to 150Mbps, but the battery life remains at 10 hours.
Its flagship feature is the addition of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor just as it was with the iPhone 5s.
It is available at $499 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi only version and at $599 for the 4G LTE enabled version.
The slimmed down 7.9-inch iPad mini 3 costs $399 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi version and $529 for the 4G LTE enabled version on selected U.S. carriers. The iPad mini 3 also comes with Touch ID.