Apple launches their thinnest iPad Air 2

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Apple released details of their new iPad Air 2 and its the thinnest to date.

In an event at Apple’s Cupertino campus on 16th October, the next generation iPad Air 2 specifications were revealed.

At 6.1mm thin, the iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet device on the market, which Apple demonstrated with a video of a pencil being sliced with a laser.

To get an idea of just how thin this is, the previous iPad Air measured 7.5mm. The width and height measure the same however, so from the front the two devices actually look pretty similar.

Apple managed to shave off some of the thickness by not only removing the air gaps between the interior plates but also moving them closer together.

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There’s also a new processor chip, the A8X, which is a revamped of the a iPhone 6’s A8. Apple says this offers 40% faster performance in most apps and around two and a half times graphics performance, thanks to the three billion transistors. It also boasts 12 times faster processing speed than the first generation iPad.

The iPad Air 2 has kept the same screen resolution and size but has a new anti-reflective coating, which Apple say has reduced reflections by 56 percent. Something that many reader devices have had to consider over the last couple of years.

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As for cameras, there’s an upgrade on pixels on the rear-facing camera (iSight), up from 5Mp to 8Mp, and more features incorporated, such as slo-mo, timer mode, panoramas, burst mode, and time-lapse.

The front-facing (FaceTime HD) camera has kept the same rating of (1.2Mp), but the sensor has improved and the pixels are now bigger, which helps in lower light situations.

Apple have decided to bring the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPad Air 2. This highly popular feature first appeared on the iPhone5, and feedback from customers suggested that this was one refinement that users really liked.

The iPad Air 2 will come with either 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage and in three colours of silver, space grey and a new gold option.

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As for costs, the 16GB Wi-Fi model will set you back $499, it’s $599 for 64GB Wi-Fi and $699 for 128GB Wi-Fi. The 3G/cellular models each cost $130 more: $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for 64GB and $829 for 128GB.

The new iPad Air 2 is available for preorder from 17 October and customers will receive it after only a few days.

For more information visit Apple.com