Apple Unveils New iPad Air 2, Dubbed World’s ‘Thinnest Tablet’

Tech giant reveals faster version that starts at $499

Apple unveiled its new iPad at a live event at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California on Thursday.

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The iPad Air 2 is a faster, thinner version of the tablet with a fingerprint sensor feature and a faster A8X processor and M8 chip, which will make the device 40 percent faster in computing performance and close to three times faster for graphics upload. Its camera is also improved, up from the previous 5 megapixels to 8 megapixels.

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The tablet also comes with anti-reflexive coating, decreasing glare by 56 percent. Apple is dubbing the product as the world’s “thinnest tablet.” Pre-orders start at $499, and a tinier version — the iPad mini 3 — will cost nearly $100 less. Both versions added gold as a color option.

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Apple also unveiled on Thursday the new iMac featuring a 5K display and 14.7 million pixels. The tech giant called it “the world’s highest-resolution display.”