Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are here, now what?
In one of our articles, we tried arguing if the iPad is a tablet or not. Why will anyone not know that the iPad is a full-blown tablet might be mystery to you but hear this: We’ve still witnessed cases of doubting Thomases who tell that the iPad is a ‘iPad’, and isn’t a tablet. Before we allow these guys to murder common sense, let’s tell you about the new iPad tablets in town.
Locked out from the hot sunny afternoon, Town Hall, somewhere in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled two tablets to boost it’s iPad series’ morale — that was on 16th October 2014. Two iPads, one bigger, one smaller were outed to the excitement of the pressmen and the jeering of the audience. And now, let’s take a look at these iPads.
Apple iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 is supposedly the 5th reincarnation of the iPad. The tablet, if you like, isn’t much of an upgrade to last year’ iPad Air, but hear what’s up:
- 9.7″ display 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution
- Dual-core Apple A8X processor
- 8MP rear, 1.2MP front camera
- iOS 8.1
The new slate is the slimmest tablet in the world as it’s only 6.1mm thick. It now has a fingerprint sensing hardware on it’s home button which Apple likes to call Touch ID. The Air 2 will support Apple Pay and it’s SIM enabled, allowing you to surf the Internet even on LTE networks.
The iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) is priced from $499 for the 16GB model. The 63GB version goes for $599 while the 64GB version will set you back $699. The LTE model is priced $629 (16GB), $729 (64GB) and $829 (128GB).
The following countries will get the latest iPad this week: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland United States and the UK; while Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates will be getting it sometime later this year.
Apple iPad mini 3
Let’s talk about the smaller tablet — for those who disgust size. The iPad mini 3 also comes with Touch ID, and slim (7.9mm), but not as slim as it’s bigger sibling up there.
iPad mini 3 specs:
- 7.9″ and 1,536 x 2,048 pixels display
- 5MP camera, 1.2MP front camera
- Apple A7
- iOS 8.1
The tablet comes in space gray and gold color options and will fly in all four major US carriers namely, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. The tab will be available in quite a number of markets too:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
The iPad mini 3 is arranged similarly like the iPad Air 2. The 16GB, 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi-only models will set you back $399, $499 and $599 while the LTE versions cost $429, $529 and $629 for their 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage iterations.