Apple just unveiled the iPad Air 2 during an event in California. Apple is billing it as the world’s thinnest tablet available at just 6.1mm thick. It’s 18 percent thinner than last year’s iPad Air model and features a gapless design display that’s 56 percent less reflective than earlier iPad models.
As expected, it runs Apple’s new A8X processor that was created “specifically for iPad Air 2” and features second-generation 64-bit architecture and includes more than 3 billion transistors, up from the 1 billion transistors in the iPad Air. Apple’s promising 10 hours of battery life on the iPad Air 2 as well. Other features include a brand new 8-megapixel iSight camera capable of recording 1080p HD videos and enhanced image signal processing thanks to the A8X chip. The camera is also capable of creating 43MP panorama photos.
The new iPad Air 2 includes support for Touch ID for unlocking the device, a feature that was first introduced on the iPhone 5s. Additionally, it features 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and faster LTE support with 20 LTE bands. Also, with Touch ID on board, it supports Apple Pay online and in Apple Pay apps but apparently not in retailers as you can with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iOS 8.1 will ship on the tablet out of the box.
The iPad Air 2 starts at $499 and pre-orders start on Oct. 17 and ships by the end of next week.