The Retina 5K iMac wasn’t the only product Apple revealed yesterday. Apple also updated the iPad Air and the iPad Mini. The new iPad Air has gotten the (increasingly lengthy) title of “iPad Air 2”. The New iPad Mini is now the third generation of the device, called, aptly, the “iPad Mini 3”. The updates contained more than the addition of a TouchID fingerprint sensor. Apple also made the iPad Air 2 thinner than the previous model, and much faster too. The iPad Air 2 also got a feature that will make anyone who has used their iPad outdoors happy: an anti-reflective coating. Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 also received a new gold color finish.
The iPad Air 2 received the largest and most unexpected updates. The tablet is the thinnest tablet on the market today. It still retains the same shape as the last model, however, it now is just 6.1mm thin, and also no longer has a physical mute/rotation lock switch. The new A8X processor, exclusive to the iPad Air 2, is even faster than the processor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It’s incredibly fast, and also comes with 2GB of memory, twice that of the iPhones and other iPads. Finally, Apple topped it off with an anti-reflective coating. This coating, along with the new thinner screen technology in use, will make the iPad Air 2 screen look great, and should make it easier to use outdoors.
The iPad Mini 3 didn’t receive the same kind of update as the iPad Air 2. For the smaller iPad, Apple added a color option and the TouchID sensor. Beyond that, it’s the same iPad Mini from last year. Customers can still buy the iPad Mini 2, for $100 less than the iPad Mini 3. Unless TouchID is very important to you, or you absolutely need a gold iPad, the iPad Mini 3 isn’t really worth the additional cost right now. Perhaps that’s why Apple barely spoke about the update during their keynote yesterday.
Apple’s new iPads are the best tablets money can buy right now. Despite being a small update, the iPad Mini 3 is still a powerful tablet with a manageable size and amazing screen. The iPad Air 2 is in impossibly thin tablet with plenty of power and battery life to boot. Both are impressive tablets, although the iPad Air 2 might be more bang for your buck, many will prefer the smaller iPad Mini 3 for portability and one handed use.