One year after the previous generation, Apple introduced on Thursday two new tablet devices – the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, during a media event.
The second-generation tablet comes with an ultra thin frame measuring 6.1mm, making it 18 % thinner than the first-generation iPad Air, a gapless laminated display and an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by up to 56 %.
The device also features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, an A8X processor, an 8-megapixel iSight camera and improved graphics performance.
The A8X chip present on the device features a 2nd-generation 64-bit architecture that is 40% faster than the previous processor.
The integrated M8 motion coprocessor will be used to track movements, calibrate sensors and measure altitude by a function of the barometer.
With the iPad mini 3, the thickness and weight remain the same and the mini tablet continues to use the A7 processor and a 5-megapixel camera sensor.
The handset is also available in a new gold color option.
Preorders for the iPad Air 2 started on Friday with versions of 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage capacities, priced at $499, $599, and $699.
The iPad mini 3 will be available for $529, $629, and $729 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular models and up to $399, $499, and $599 for the Wi-Fi model.