iPad Air 2

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How do you make the iPad Air even better? Make it even thinner, faster, and throw in TouchID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor that allows you to secure the device and pay for things.

It seems impossible that Apple could reduce the iPad Air’s already thin body further more, but the company did it. The iPad Air is 6.1mm — 18% thinner than the old Air (which will remain for sale). That’s thinner than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’s 6.9 and 7.1mm bodies and as thin as the aging iPod touch.

The 9.7-inch display is now laminated, which means that gap between the glass and the LCD is gone. An antireflective coating claims to reduce glare. The insides got a big boost too: the A8X processor provides 40% faster performance. There’s a M8 motion coprocessor to manage all of its sensors, and the GPU provides 2.5x more performance over the first-gen Air.

The iPad Air’s 8-megapixel iSight camera is also much improved. It’s not nearly as sharp or fast as the one on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but it’s as good as the one on the iPhone 5s, which is to say it’s still dang good.

TouchID rounds out the iPad Air 2′s features.

Just like the iPhone, the iPad Air 2 comes in three colors: Gold, Silver and Space Gray. Prices are as follows: $499 (16GB), $599 (64GB), and $699 (128GB). iPad Air 2 models with 4G LTE antennas cost: $629 (16GB), $729 (64GB), and $ $829 (128GB).

Price: $499
Source: Apple