Apple iPad Air 2 And iPad mini 3 With Touch ID Are Now Official

The company seems to have simply improved upon the previous generation this time around.

 

Apple has finally announced its new generation of iPads for the next year. The new iPad will be called the iPad Air 2, which replaces the original iPad Air and the iPad mini 3 that replaces last year’s mini. The Cupertino tech giant also announced a new gold colour for its new iPad range meaning that there is finally another colour option that iFans can choose from.

The Apple iPad Air 2 improves upon the older iPad Air in 3 important areas. There is a brand new Touch ID that has been built for improved security, for apps, payments and device security. Secondly there is the inclusion of the new and improved iSight camera that has finally seen a spec bump to 8 MP with 1.12 micron pixels, f/2.4 aperture and 1080p video recording and a new FaceTime HD camera with new sensor and f/2.2 aperture. Lastly, there is the new A8 chipset that is based on the 2nd generation 64-bit architecture that delivers 12 times faster performance for the CPU and 180 times faster performance compared to the original iPad. The iPad Air 2 is also thinner this year and this is thanks to refreshed fully laminated Retina Display that helps makes it thinner.

Apple iPad Air 2

As for the hardware specs of the new iPad Air 2:

  • We get a 9.7 inch Retina Display with 2048×1536 resolution and an anti-reflective coating
  • There is the new A8 chip inside with 2nd gen 64-bit architecture and also the new M8 motion coprocessor
  • The camera department consists of an 8 MP iSight 1080p camera with f/2.4 aperture capable of shooting panoramas of up to 43 MP; also included is a better 1.2 MP HD front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor is now available on the home button
  • The device comes with the usual radios including Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0
  • All of this is encased in a construction that is just 6.1 mm thick (thinner than the previous Air) and weighs 437 gms

Apple iPad mini 3

As for the iPad mini 3, there are subtle improvements out here as well. It still comes with the same Retina Display as the previous generation, and looks similar as well; expect for the presence of a Touch ID sensor. Inside we get refreshed internals that similar to the iPad Air 2:

  • There is a 7.9 inch Retina Display with 2048×1536 resolution
  • Inside we get an A8 chip with 2nd generation 64-bit architecture and the new M8 motion coprocessor
  • We get a 5 MP iSight 1080p camera with f/2.4 aperture on the back and a 1.2 MP HD FaceTime camera up front
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor is now available on the home button
  • The device comes with the usual radios including Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0

The 16/64/128 GB variants (both WiFi and 4G variants) of the devices will hit pre-order on the 17th of October in the US and will be available in silver, Space Grey and gold. The devices will begin shipping from next week.


TAGS: Tablets, iOS, Apple iPad Air 2, Apple iPad mini 3, Apple