Apple has officially pulled the wrappers off its new tablet range. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were unveiled at a special event held on the Cupertino company’s campus in California.
As expected, the updated iPad Air 2 comes with a new A8X chipset, which Apple boasts delivers a 40% improvement in performance compared to the processor found in last year’s model.
The tech giant also claims that graphics have been bolstered by 2.5x with this new chip, making the iPad Air 2 a must-have for gamers.
The Touch ID fingerprint scanner has been included too, marking the first time it’s made the transition from iPhones to other products in Apple's range.
This will dovetail with Apple’s new Pay service, which lets US customers pay for goods and services via apps and Apple’s own online stores.
It also packs faster Wi–Fi compared to the iPad Air, while a new eight-megapixel camera round the back now comes with time–lapse video, slow motion video smarts and Full HD recording.
All of which makes it seem that Apple is actively encouraging more users to use their tablets as their primary camera.
As for design, Jony Ive and his team have got the new iPad Air 2 down to a mere 6.1mm, making it the thinnest tablet out there.
The iPad Air 2 starts from £399 for a Wi–Fi only model and is on sale now.
The smaller iPad mini 3 packs a Retina Display and Touch ID, although other upgrades over last year’s effort are MIA.
However, Apple is still selling the 2013 version, now called the iPad mini 2, as well as the original iPad mini, which features a more basic screen.
The latter now only costs £199, while the iPad mini 2 starts at £239. The iPad mini 3 starts at £319. Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in grey, silver and gold.
Last year’s iPad Air has taken a price cut and can be now be yours for just £319.
With five iPads now on sale, it appears Apple is priming itself to boost its tablet range, which has suffered from stagnant sales in 2014.