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Apple officially unveils iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

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ipadair2reveal3Apple today unveiled the iPad Air 2 and taken the device to the next level with a range of new features and its thinnest design ever.

Unveiled today at a special event at the Apple campus, the iPad Air 2 is just 6.1mm thick – 18 per cent thinner than last year’s iPad Air – and weighing just 437g.

During the presentation Apple’s vice president for worldwide marketing Phil Schiller called the iPad Air 2 the world’s thinnest tablet but just yesterday Dell lay claim to that title with Dell Venue 8 at just 6mm thick.

But the new iPad Air 2 is still so thin you’d be able to stack two of the new Apple devices and still be thinner than the original iPad released in 2010.

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The iPad Air 2 will go on sale in Australia later next week and will be available to pre-order from tomorrow. Pricing will start at $619.

The iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick

Apple has also added Touch ID to the device so it can now be unlocked with your fingerprint like the latest iPhones as well as authorise purchases.

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Apple also introduced the iPad Mini 3 which also inherited the Touch ID sensor in the home button.

The biggest improvements for the iPad Air 2 are under the hood with the new A8X processor that is 40 per cent faster than its predecessor.

Apple's Phil Schiller called the iPad Air 2 the world's thinnest tablet - despite Dell announcing a 6mm device the night before

This enables the iPad Air 2 to run the latest apps with real-time processing with desktop-class performance.

Apple has also improved the Retina Display for the iPad Air 2 with a fully laminated design to bring content even closer to the user.

There’s also a new proprietary anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 per cent to make the device easier to read indoors and outdoors.

Another improvement to the iPad Air 2 is the built-in iSight camera.

The iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 now have Touch ID fingerprint readers

The 8-megapixel camera now has an even better sensor and more advanced optics to capture even better and more vivid images.

Features added to the camera include Burst Mode, Panorama shots, Time Lapse and Slo Mo video and full 1080p high definition video recording.

There’s also faster wi-fi onboard with 802.11ac that’s 2.8 times faster than the iPad Air with even more LTE bands integrated into the cellular version.

The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

On the battery side Apple says the iPad Air 2 will run for 10 hours on a single charge.

The iPad Mini 3 also comes with most of the features of the iPad Air 2 with the exception of burst mode, slow motion video and the camera has a lower resolution of 5-megapixels.

The new iPad Mini 3

The new iPads will be available in three colours – space grey, silver and gold and will also ship with the latest iOS 8.1 operating system.

The iPad Air 2 will be priced at:

16GB wi-fi: $619

64GB wi-fi: $749

128GB wi-fi: $859

16GB wi-fi + cellular: $779

64GB wi-fi + cellular: $899

128GB wi-fi + cellular: $1,019

The iPad Mini 3 will be priced at:

16GB wi-fi: $499

64GB wi-fi: $619

128GB wi-fi: $739

16GB wi-fi + cellular: $659

64GB wi-fi + cellular: $779

128GB wi-fi + cellular: $899

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