Apple has today announced the new iPad Air 2 during their event today, introducing it in a similar way to the original iPad Air. One of its biggest features is that it is just 6.1mm thick and 18% thinner than the previous iPad Air, making it the world’s thinnest tablet according to Apple.
To do this Apple has removed the air gap from the display, but also added an anti glare coating to it too.
Inside there’s an A8X processor, which has the 2nd gen 64-bit architecture, with 3 billion transistors, making a lot faster than previous iPad models. THere’s also the M8 coprocessor with the new barometer too.
Rear 8MP iSight with an f/2.4 aperture and 1080p video capture, all of which is enhanced with the Apple A8 image processor, meaning that the user can take photos that you would never normally see from a tablet.
And for the first time the iPad can also take panorama’s at up to 43 megapixel, and take photos with burst mode, and even take time-lapse videos, or even slo-mo videos at up to 120 fps at 720p.
There’s also dual microphones inside, and on the front there’s a new FaceTime HD camera with a f/2,2 aperture.
And that’s not all there’s also 802.11ac with MiMo WiFi, with up to 150Mbps LTE with 20 LTE bands for faster and better connectivity, and probably the coolest feature that has been added is Touch ID, which will work similarly to the iPhone, allowing for purchases and other apps that support it.
All of this and the tablet still has a 10 hour battery life.
The iPad Air 2 will also launch with the new iOS 8.1 software. In the US the iPad Air 2 WiFi will start at $499 for the 16GB, $599 for the 64GB and $699 for the 128GB, there will also be a cellular version for $128 more.
In the UK the iPad Air 2 will be set from £399 and will be available from October 24th, with pre-orders kicking off on October 17th.
Apple has also dropped the price of existing iPads, with the Original iPad Mini now set at just £199 in the UK.