Apple Introduces iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, and Announces Apple Pay Availability

by Istvan Fekete on October 17, 2014

Following the iPhone and Apple Watch event in September – which cost the company more than $1 million, by the way – Apple was back yesterday with another important milestone: the release of the updated iPads and other products.

The second-generation iPad Air is being marketed as the thinnest tablet available. Fact is, it is only 6.1 mm thick, but it is the most powerful iPad Apple has ever made. The full-sized tablet weighs less than a pound, and features an improved Retina Display and, more importantly, it packs a powerful A8X chip designed especially for this iPad and Touch ID.

“iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations, weighs less than a pound, and at just 6.1 mm is the thinnest tablet in the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.”

The fingerprint sensor has been rumoured to make it into the iPad since last year, when Apple first introduced it with the iPhone 5s. This year, Touch ID is part of the iPad line, as Apple is preparing to launch its mobile payment platform, Apple Pay, in just a couple of days.

Alongside the iPad Air 2, Apple has also introduced the iPad mini 3, which unfortunately didn’t get as much attention from the company as some of us expected. Although the device incorporates Touch ID, it is powered by last year’s A7 processor and has the same 5 MP camera as last year.

In terms of hardware, everything is set for a successful launch of Apple Pay in the US: The high demand for iPhone 6 units will drive up adoption, and since iPads incorporate the same fingerprint sensor used with iPhones, merchants can finally use these devices as secure POS systems. Apple Pay will officially launch on Monday, October 20, alongside iOS 8.1.

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