Apple has officially unveiled two new addition to the iPad line – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. Both tablets are available for preorder on Friday and will be launching next week. The new larger iPad doesn’t look much different than the original iPad Air, but Apple says its even thinner than its predecessor. It’s also now available in gold, and starts at $499. Apple says that its new iPad Air has the best display you’ve ever seen on a tablet. Here’s a look at some of the key features Apple has highlighted:
- The new iPad Air is 6.1mm thin, which is slimmer than the previous model.
- It’ll run on Apple’s new A8X chip, which is a version of the chip that’s in its iPhone, but specifically designed for the iPad.
- It’ll also come with a motion co-processor for measuring movement and a barometer for detecting the temperature.
- The company is really playing up the new iPad’s graphics performance, saying you’ll be able to play games with “console-level” graphics.
- The home button now has Touch ID, just like Apple’s newer iPhones.
- It’ll supposedly offer 10 hours of battery life.
- Wi-Fi is expected to be nearly three times faster on the iPad Air 2 than the current model.
- The iPad’s camera is also getting an improvement.
- The iPad Air 2 will feature an 8-megapixel camera just like the iPhone 6, and you’ll be able to take multiple photos with Burst Mode.
Here’s a sample photo taken with the iPad Air 2’s camera:
Apple also unveiled a new version of the iPad mini. The iPad mini 3 will also come in gold and now features Touch ID in the home button as well. It’ll start at $399.