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Apple announces two new iPads: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

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On Thursday, Apple held their final special media event of the year to announce the rest of their 2014 product lineup. At the event, they showed off the rumored iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.  The Air comes with a bunch of new features, like burst mode, more storage capabilities and a slimmer design.  The mini has the same design and features, but it now has Touch ID, works with Apple Pay and comes in a gold color.

iPad Air 2

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  • Display: Retina, antireflective coating, 9.7 inch diagonally, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 240mm long by 169.5mm wide and 6.1mm thin (note: this is thinner then the iPhone 6/6 Plus), weight of 437 grams for Wi-Fi only and 444 grams for Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • Chip: A8X processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • Camera: 8MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording, up to 120 fps Slo-Mo (rear camera) and 1.2MP, 720p HD video recording (front camera)
  • Payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay for online shopping only
  • Battery: same as iPad Air, up to 10 hours of surfing the web, playing music, watching video over Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Storage and Prices: $499 for 16GB, $599B for 64GB, $699 for 128GB (Wi-Fi); $629 for 16GB, $729 for 64GB, $829 for 128GB (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • Overall Changes (from previous model): the display now has an antireflective coating and is laminated, the tablet is 1.4mm thinner, 32-34 grams lighter, processor has changed from A7 with M7 co-processor to the A8X and M8, Touch ID, barometer, burst mode for camera, Slo-Mo video recording, faster Wi-Fi and Cellular and 32GB is not available as a storage option

 

iPad mini 3

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  • Display: Retina, 7.9 inch diagonally, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 200mm long by 134.7mm wide and 7.5mm thin, weight of 331 grams for Wi-Fi only and 341 grams for Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • Chip: A7 processor with 64-bit architecture, M7 co-processor
  • Camera: 5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording (rear camera) and 1.2MP, 720 HD video recording (front camera)
  • Payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay for online shopping only
  • Battery: same as iPad Air 2, up to 10 hours of surfing the web, playing music, watching video over Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Storage and Prices: $399 for 16GB, $499B for 64GB, $599 for 128GB (Wi-Fi); $529 for 16GB, $629 for 64GB, $729 for 128GB (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • Overall Changes (from previous model): Touch ID, gold color option and 32GB is not available as a storage option
The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available for preorder starting October 17th.

The previous generations of iPad mini and iPad Air are available for sale

Apple’s 2014 iPad lineup consists of the iPad mini, Retina iPad mini 2, Retina iPad mini 3, iPad Air and iPad Air 2. All previous generations of iPad have received a price drop so this allowed Apple to discontinue the iPad 4. Preorders for the new tablets started on Friday, October 17th and shipping is currently at 2-4 business days.