The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are here now and both are packed with new features, according to an October 17 report in “The Christian Science Monitor”. Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 run Apple’s new free iOS 8 updates, iOS 8.1.
iPad Air 2 is now 18 percent thinner than its predecessor iPad Air, at just 6.1mm. Besides being thinner than a pencil, iPad Air 2 now has an anti-reflective coating on its screen that reduces reflections by 56 percent making it a lot easier to read in direct sunlight.
The iPad Air 2 contains an A8X processor inside that is 40 percent faster than the chip in iPad Air. Besides displaying your photos with amazing detail, A8X brings console-level graphics to games because developers can now bring their desktop gaming engines to iPad Air 2.
There is also an M8 co-processor and an upgraded 8MP iSight camera that now lets you take 43MP panoramas. For the first time with the iPad, you can now use your iPad Air 2 to take Burst Mode photos and use time lapse photography. There is also a new Facetime HD camera.
In another first, with iPad Air 2 you can take Slo-Mo videos. iPad Air 2 now also includes dual microphones making the audio in videos better.
The iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi is 2.8 times faster than before for faster web surfing. Touch ID is now on both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 so you no longer have to enter a passcode. Also with Touch ID you can now use Apple Pay with iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 for online purchases (like purchases from Amazon or the App Store). Other features of the new iPad mini 3 are a 5MP rear camera and a Facetime HD front camera.
Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 now also come in a gold-color option besides space gray and silver. Pre-orders for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 begin today, October 17 and shipping begins next week.
The iPad Air 2 16 GB Wi-Fi version is $499.00, with the 64GB Wi-Fi version $599.00 and the 128GB Wi-Fi version $699.00. The iPad mini 3 model is $399.00 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, $499.99 for the 64 GB Wi-Fi version and $599.00 for the 128GB version. Apple dropped the 32GB storage option for both iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
In a nice surprise the iPad Air now starts at just $399.00 (a drop of $100.00) and iPad mini 2 starts at $299.00 (now $100.00 lower) as both stay in Apple’s iPad lineup. What’s more, the original iPad mini is still in the line at just $249.00.
Both iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come with iOS 8.1. iOS 8.1 gives you lots of new features including iCloud Photo Library, which automatically lets you instantly see all your photos on all your Apple devices. Take photos with your iPhone for instance and you can see them on your iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.