Earlier today Apple announced and previewed its two new iPads – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The new models pack Touch ID, faster WiFi, a brand new 2nd gen 64-bit chip (for the iPad Air 2 only) and improved cameras.
The two new iPads are available for pre-order starting tomorrow and shipping will begin next week. Both come in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.
Here’s the pricing rundown for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3:
iPad Air 2
Starts at $499 for the 16GB Wifi model. The 64GB WiFi model is $599, and the 128GB model is $699.
Starts at $629 for the 16GB WiFi + Cellular (LTE) model. The 64GB WiFi + Cellular model is $729, and the 128GB model is $829.
As with all the new iPad models, this pricing tier follows the long-standing tradition with iPads – $100 more per storage bump and $130 more for the cellular / LTE models.
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One thing you can always count on at an Apple event is that we’ll hear a lot of crazy big numbers about Apple products. Todays event was no exception and of course there were plenty of crazy iPad numbers in the mix.
Here are the ones that stood out for me:
As shown in the slide above, in the 12 months that just ended at the end of Q3 2014 the iPad outsold the total number of PCs sold by any of the world’s leading computer makers. 70 million iPads were sold in that timeframe; Lenovo came closest to matching the iPad – but they’re still behind by 13 million units.
Apple has sold 225 million iPads in total, in the roughly four and half years since the original iPad was released.
There have been more iPads sold in its first 4 years than any other past Apple product.
There are now more than 675,000 iPad apps in the App Store.
The iPad mini Retina has an ‘unbelievable’ 100% customer satisfaction rating.
And one final one: graphics are said to be 180 times faster on the new iPad Air 2 than on the original iPad.
The new iPad mini 3 was unveiled today at Apple’s iPad / Mac event.
As predicted, updates to the iPad mini line are not monumental this year. Touch ID for a more easy and secure access to the device (and for use with Apple Pay) is the biggest new feature. The iPad mini 3 also gets a 5MP iSight camera, and improved FaceTime camera, 1080p video recording, and faster WiFi. And of course it still boasts a Retina display on its 7.9 inch form factor.
Pre-orders for the new iPad mini 3, and the new iPad Air 2, start tomorrow and shipping starts next week.
As expected, Apple unveiled the new iPad Air 2 just about an hour ago at their live special event. It is the thinnest iPad ever at just 6.1mm and said to be the world’s thinnest tablet.
The headline features for the iPad Air 2 are:
Improved Retina Display
2nd gen 64-bit A8X chip designed specifically for the iPad Air 2
New iSight and FaceTime cameras
Pretty much inline with the latest rumors we’d heard about the new iPad Air, including the name.
Pre-orders start tomorrow for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and shipping begins next week.
Well, there’s only a little over 30 minutes to wait until Apple’s iPad, or iPad + Mac + Yosemite, special event kicks off today.
With any luck within about an hour and a half we’ll know a heck of a lot about new iPads coming, presumably, this month. Apple is live streaming the event and it is set to start at 1:00PM Eastern.
Here’s where you can watch the live stream of the full event as it happens:
There is also supposed to be an Apple Events channel on the Apple TV that will also be streaming the event – though I’m not seeing that yet on my Apple TV.
And of course, we’ll be sharing our thoughts on new iPads as today rolls on – so you can just stay tuned here if you like.
Happy New iPad Day 2014 to you all.