With no surprises in store, Apple has introduced the new iPad Air 2 which is thinner, more powerful and has a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. But let’s not go too fast. Where we say thin, we mean that at just 6.1 mm, the iPad Air 2 is not only 18% thinner than the previous model, but it’s also the world’s thinnest tablet.
Continuing with this model, Apple has done the impossible to achieve that in less than five years we have a tablet so light (only 437 grams) and thin that even stacking two of them on top of each other they are still thinner. But beyond taking this bikini operation to the extreme, its benefits also translate paradoxically into an even better screen, with less reflection, which eliminates every last bit of air between the glass and the image.
According to Apple, the iPad Air 2 offers 56% less glare thanks to its anti-reflective coating, applied to a tablet for the first time.
We move on to the processor, where the A8X chip and its second-generation 64-bit architecture give us 40% more power than the previous model and a 2.5 times faster GPU still manages to give us 10 hours of battery life. By the way, can we bet that 2 GB of RAM is hidden inside? We’ll see, for now what we do know is that it enjoys all the new features introduced with iPhone 6, including the M8 coprocessor, the constant calibration of its sensors or barometer.
The camera is another of the sections where we found great improvements. On the back, the iSight camera is raised to 8 megapixels finally matching the iPhone’s to also incorporate its burst mode, slow motion video and dual microphones for better sound quality. As far as the FaceTime HD camera is concerned, the sensor is completely new, capable of capturing 81% more light and with an aperture of f2.2.
Next important point: connectivity. The iPad Air 2 features 802.11ac Wi-Fi , 2.8 times faster with up to 866 Mbps, and the 4G LTE version has 20-band support, making it probably the most international tablet money can buy.
Money, by the way, which is distributed in the range with three capacities that remind us a lot of those of the iPhone 6: 12, 64 and 128 GB for 489, 589 and 689 euros for the Wi-Fi version, and 609, 709, 809 euros for the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE.
Presented for obvious reasons with far less fanfare than its big brother, the iPad mini 3 is timidly updated to incorporate the aforementioned Touch ID sensor, remaining unchanged not only in size and weight, but also in processor (A7), camera (5 megapixels) and connectivity (802.11n), the only other notable new feature being the new gold option.
iPad Air 2
Perhaps the most important thing about the launch of the iPad mini 3 is not this model itself, but how it affects the apple’s tablet range by pushing its entry price up to 239 euros for the iPad mini and 289 euros for the iPad mini 2, both 16 GB. The iPad mini 3, available in the three standard colors and capacities (now) of all Apple’s mobile devices, comes in at ?389, ?489 and ?589 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi models, and ?509, ?609 and ?709 for the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE models.
In Spain, both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 can be pre-booked online from tomorrow, October 17 , arriving in stores as early as next week.
Official site iPad mini 3