Apple unveils iPad Air 2, faster and slimmer than ever

Apple unveils iPad Air 2, the world's slimmest tabletIt’s October 16 and anyone who is a big fan of Apple knows the importance of this day.

Yes, as predicted Apple announced its new range of iPads today making essential upgrades in the design, processor and features of the device.

iPad Air 2 is the highlight of today’s announcement. The device comes with the same design profile as the previous generation, but it’s not surprising given that Apple had just revamped the design of the iPad last year.

However, the new iPad Air 2 is extremely thin and is 18 percent slimmer than the original iPad Air. At 6.1 mm it’s the thinnest tablet that we have seen in the market till date. Apple managed to achieve such a feat by bonding the display components together thereby making it extremely slim. The device also features an anti-reflective coating which means its 56 percent less reflective than last year’s model.

As expected, the new iPad also comes with the Apple Touch ID fingerprint sensor which should make things like making purchases online extremely easy. However, the device lacks NFC, so you won’t be able to use Apple Pay with retailers like the iPhone 6 models.

Inside, you have the new A8X chip, which is a faster variant of the processor found on the new iPhone models. The new processor is 40 percent faster than iPad Air’s A7 processor. Even the GPU is 2.5x faster than the old model, which means editing videos and 4K pictures on the device will now be much smoother than older versions.

On the back, there’s the new 8MP iSight camera with f/2.4 aperture which can record 1080p videos, Time Lapses, 43MP panorama shots, slo-mo videos and even burst shots. The facetime camera is also updated with better face recognition feature.

The new iPad Air 2 will be up for pre-order starting October 17. As you can see, this is the same day as the new Nexus 9 goes up for sale online, so you should have a hard time choosing between the two.

Along with the standard White and Black colors, you also get a new gold option on the new device.

The 9.7 inch 16GB Wi-Fi only model retails for $499. Add $100 more for the 64GB and $200 for the 128GB Wi-Fi only models. However, if you want the LTE model, the 16GB variant starts at $629. Like the Wi-Fi model, add $100 more for the next storage variant.

As you can see, the new iPad Air 2 starts at the same price as the previous generation iPad, so in order to make the original iPad Air attractive, Apple has chopped off $100 from its base price. So, starting today, the 16GB Wi-Fi only old model retails at $400.

So, did you like the new iPad Air 2? Or do you think the slightly cheaper original iPad Air is a better bargain?

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