Posted Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The latest model is the company's thinnest and most powerful yet.
Apple has detailed its newest iPad devices. The iPad Air 2 is a 9.7-inch tablet that measures just 6.1 mm thin and weighs under a pound. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 is a 7.9-inch tablet. Both feature Retina displays, run iOS 8.1, and include a Touch ID feature allowing customers to unlock the device and make purchases with their finger.
"iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations, weighs less than a pound, and at just 6.1 mm is the thinnest tablet in the world," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor."
The iPad Air 2 features a 9.7-inch LED IPS display with a resolution of 2048x1536 and 264ppi. Under the hood, the device is powered by an A8X chip with 64‑bit architecture and an M8 motion coprocessor. An 8MP iSight camera and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera are integrated as well. The tablet is rated for up to 10 hours of battery life. 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models will be available in gold, silver and space gray.
The iPad mini 3 features a 7.9-inch LED IPS display with a resolution of 2048x1536 and 326ppi. Under the hood, the device is powered by an A7 chip with 64‑bit architecture and an M7 motion coprocessor. A 5MP iSight camera and a 1.2MP FaceTime camera are integrated as well. The tablet is rated for up to 10 hours of battery life. 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models will be available in gold, silver and space gray.
Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available to pre-order on October 17. The iPad Air 2 starts out at $499 for the base model, while the iPad mini 3 starts out at $399 for the base model.
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