The wait is finally over! At Apple Special Event the Cupertino company revealed many awesome products. The iPad Air 2 was among them and it is the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. The new iPad is just 6.1mm thin and it weights less than a pound. The new tablet also features an improved Retina display (enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors), as well as better cameras for taking great photos and videos - for many users this is an important upgrade, because many of them are taking pictures and videos on their iPads. The new model will be available in gold, silver and space gray. In the same colors you will be able to get the new iPad mini 3 and they both also offer Touch ID so just like in the case of latest iPhones, now you will have the option to unlock your iPad with just the touch of a finger.
The iPad Air 2 is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which according to the company delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of iPad Air, and still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life. The tablet is combined with Metal, the new graphics technology in iOS 8 that unlocks realistic visual effects comparable to the most advanced gaming consoles. The new iSight camera enables better photos and videos, with an 8MP sensor and advanced optics, it also adds features including time-lapse video, slo-mo and 1080p HD video.
The iPad mini line on the other hand has been updated to include iPad mini 3 with Touch ID and iPad mini with Retina display, now called iPad mini 2 and starting at $299 and both iPads feature a Retina display, the A7 chip, 5MP iSight camera and FaceTime HD.
Pricing & Availability (via Apple):
"iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in three gorgeous metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray, and customers in 29 countries and territories can order online beginning Friday, October 17. Both iPads will be available starting later next week in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Availability in Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere around the world, will continue through the end of October with additional global availability in the coming months. iPads are sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 64GB model and $599 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 64GB model and $729 (US) for the 128GB model.
iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are offered at now more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at $399 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at $299 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, and iPad mini starts at $249 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model."