Apple debuts iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3: thinner, faster, gold and with Touch ID

Caitlin McGarry
17 October, 2014
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Apple has dramatically overhauled its iPad offerings in the last two years with the ultra-thin iPad Air and super-small iPad mini. So where could the company go from there? The iPad Air 2 revealed at this morning’s media event is even slimmer than its predecessor and looks more like its cousin, the iPhone, with a new gold hue and Touch ID.

“What do you do when you make the best tablet in the world?” Apple CEO Tim Cook asked. “How do you make it better?”

You shave it down to 6.1 millimetres, 18 percent thinner than the first-gen iPad Air. If you stack two of the new iPad Airs on top of each other, they’re still thinner than the original iPad.

The company also showed off the iPad mini 3, which also gets a Touch ID upgrade and new gold gloss. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are optimised for online shopping with Apple Pay, though they can’t be used for in-store purchases.

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Apple starts taking preorders for both tablets on Saturday 18 October in Australia and begins shipping next week. Pad Air 2 with Wi-Fi models will be available for $619 for the 16GB model, $739 for the 64GB model and $859 for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for $779 for the 16GB model, $899 for the 64GB model and $1019 for the 128GB model.

iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi models will be available for $499 for the 16GB model, $619 for the 64GB model and $739 for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for $659 for the 16GB model, $779 for the 64GB model and $899 for the 128GB model.

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space grey, are offered at now more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at $499 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at $369 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, and iPad mini will starts at $299 for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model.

Which iPad are you ordering, if any? Let us know in the comments.

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