Technology News – All of those looking to get the newest Apple products time for them to open their pocketbooks again. Apple launched two new tablets on Thursday: the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
The first iPad Air was advertised as being thinner than a pencil. The iPad Air 2 is even skinnier: only 6.1 millimeters, which is 18 percent thinner than the previous model. Its 9.7-inch Retina screen also features new anti-reflective coating that Apple claims makes it 56 percent less reflective.
Like the iPhone 6, the iPad Air 2 can take pictures in burst mode and slow-motion HD video. Apple is also releasing a new model from its smaller iPad line with the 7.9-inch iPad mini 3.
Both will be available for pre-order on Friday in silver, space gray and gold. The 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Air 2 starts at $499 while the same version of the iPad mini 3 starts at $399.
The cellular version of the iPad Air 2 (starting at $629) will include a SIM card that will let customers easily switch between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile without having to swap the card out.
Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will feature Apple Pay, which goes live Monday, for making online purchases.
— Keith Wagstaff, NBC News