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If you could even call it an iPad mini 3
At Apple’s usual October event held in Cupertino yesterday, Apple announced their new lineup of iPad tablets, including the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. Starting first and foremost with the significantly updated iPar Air 2, Apple’s 10-inch flagship tablet, the Air 2 gains both new internals as well as a redesigned exterior. The new full sized iPad is now significantly thinner than last year’s iPad Air, which already clocked in at just about half the width ads the previous, fourth-generation iPad.
Apple liked to say that the original iPad Air was as thin as a pencil, and now the company is really driving that home with the marketing of the new iPad Air 2. By using a pencil with just amount a third of it removed with a laser in an introduction video played at the event, Apple shows exactly how thin this new iPad is. And yet, despite all the design improvements, the new iPad features an all new A8X SoC, which pairs the improved computing power of the A8 – which launched alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last month – with an even beefier graphics processor. Given that the iPad Air 2 has the same HiDPI 2048 x 1536 display as its predecessors leading back to the iPad 3, this should result in better gaming performance. The iPad Air 2 also now includes Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint recognition technology that launched alongside the iPhone 5s last year. The iPad Air 2 is available for pre-order now in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB options in Space Gray, Silver, and the new Gold – all available in both Wi-Fi and LTE models.
The iPad mini 3, meanwhile, saw somewhat less of an update – in fact, it’s almost shameful that Apple is choosing to market the iPad mini 3 as a separate product at all. While the Air 2 gets improved internals and a new design, the mini 3 uses both the same design and the same A7 SoC found in the iPad mini with Retina Display (now dubbed the iPad mini 2). Literally the only addition here comes in the form of Touch ID and the new gold color. And for your trouble, Apple will also now charge you $399 for the iPad mini 3 – a $100 premium on top of the nearly identical iPad mini 2, which is now available unchanged for $299. The iPad mini 3 is available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB options – all available in, you guessed it, Wi-Fi and LTE models.
The iPad Air, only Air-ier
It’s been kind of a quiet year for the iPad, sales wise, but when it comes to actually product you’d be hard pressed to ask for much more than the iPad Air that Apple announced in 2014. Incredibly thin with a beautiful display; amazingly fast with a low price point – the iPad Air set the bar for tablet computers. Still, there’s always room for improvement, and in the tradition of that a new report from The Michael Report by Michael Andrew claims to have the scoop on the next generation iPad, commonly referred to as the iPad Air 2.
As you might perhaps expect, the iPad Air 2 will consist of many subtle refinements to the iPad Air rather than a whole new revolutionary device. Apple is said to have made its new full sized iPad even thinner than last year’s iPad Air, successfully doing so by minimizing the space between the touch digitizer and the LCD display. The volume buttons have also seen a redesign, with newer, more recessed buttons that also do away with the mute switch found in every iOS device since the original iPhone. Touch ID is also expected, as is the new A8 SoC introduced alongside the iPhone 6 last month.
Report also claims that Apple is working on refining the speaker grille on the iPad Air 2, removing the microphone grille while making the speaker grille holes a bit larger and more refined. The microphone, meanwhile, will be located to the top of the device near the camera. One thing we don’t know is whether or not the iPad Air will be getting a “Retina HD” display like the iPhone 6 series, consisting of a display with more accurate colors, higher contrast, better viewing angles, and a polarizer for better outdoor viewing. That’s completely ignoring the question of the new 3x resolution, introduced in the iPhone 6 Plus. That’s not even remotely mentioning the possibility of software improvements expected in iOS 8.1, including the new dual screen multitasking view that Apple has been developing for some time now.
Unfortunately, no word yet on Apple’s other tablet computer, the more adorably sized (but still just as powerful) iPad mini 3. While I’d hope that the iPad mini 3 also sees some love and gains an A8 processor and Touch ID at the very least, I’m not entirely sure that’ll be the same; the iPad mini 3 clearly seems to be getting a little less attention heading into iPad season, with virtually no rumors regarding an update; I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple hangs onto the 2013 iPad mini 2 with a price discount for just a little while longer… but if the original, A5 baring iPad mini doesn’t get the boot, I’ll be pretty shocked.
Apple is rumored to be holding a special event for the media to focus on new iPads, OS X Yosemite, and updated Mac hardware on October 16th, just a little over a week away. This date has yet to be confirmed, however we wouldn’t be shocked considering Re/code, the source of that rumor, has been pretty spot on in the past.