Apple has unveiled its latest iPad Air 2, claiming the device is the thinnest and most powerful tablet ever created.
The iPad Air 2 follows on from the legacy set from the 2013 iPad and is designed to be as thin and light as possible. Measuring in at 6.1mm the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner than the original iPad Air.
Within the iPad Air 2's frame Apple has loaded a wealth of new hardware. Chief of these is the Apple iPad Air 2's A8X chip. Apple senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller promised the A8X will radically improve the device's performance.
"This is a whole new generation chip A8X. The A8 blew people away. This is a new version for the iPad Air 2. It's a 64-bit chip with three billion transistors. The A8X will offer 40 percent faster CPU and 2.5 faster GPU performance. That's 12 times faster than the iPad 2," he said.
The iPad Air 2 also features a new 9.7in Retina display with anti-reflective coating. Apple claims the coating makes the screen 56 percent less reflective.
The iPad Air is set to include an upgraded rear 8MP iSight and Facetime front-facing cameras. The 8MP rear camera will have the same reworked Apple sensor as the iPhone 6 and will be the first iPad to feature 43MP panorama shot and burst photo, and time lapse and slow motion video recording options.
The iPad Air 2 will also be the first iPad to feature Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Touch ID is a custom feature that lets users set the iPad to unlock or approve certain actions, such as Apple Pay payments, only after the user has proved their identity with it.
Apple Pay is an NFC payment solution unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that is set to launch in the US on 20 October.
Past this, the Apple iPad Air will run using an unspecified battery that Apple claims will last 10 hours off one charge, and come with iOS 8.1 preinstalled.
Apple iOS 8.1 is a minor update designed to fix bugs in iOS 8. The only major change is the readdition of Apple's Camera Roll feature.
Apple is set to take pre-orders for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions from 17 October. The 16GB iPad Air 2 will cost £399, while the 64GB iPad Air 2 will cost £479 and at the top the 128GB model will retail for £559.
Check back with V3 later for a full review and analysis on the Apple iPad Air 2.
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