iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

All you need to know about the new iPad Air

iPad Air 2 release date news and features

Apple's latest flagship tablet, the iPad Air 2, is here and it's sporting that familiar 9.7-inch display and an even slimmer body.

Tim Cook took to the stage in Cupertino to give us the low down of its newest tablet, alongside the new iPad Mini 3.

We've gathered together all the key information on Apple's new tablet for you to digest in one place, so please read on.

Updates: Now featuring up to date availability information.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple's latest 9.7-inch flagship tablet
  • When is it out? Now
  • What will it cost? It starts at $499, £399, AU$619 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi only model

iPad Air 2 release date

The iPad Air 2 has been out since late October, so you can grab it now.

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iPad Air 2 price

In terms of price the iPad Air 2 starts at $499, £399, AU$619 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, with 64GB of internal storage setting you back $599, £479, AU$739 and 128GB costing $699, £559, AU$859.

If you fancy some 4G action on your iPad Air 2 you'll have to part with $629, £499, AU$779 for 16GB, $729, £579, AU$899 for 64GB and $829, £659, AU$1019 for 128GB.

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iPad Air 2 display

The iPad Air 2 has the same 9.7-inch, 1536 x 2048 264ppi display as its predecessor, but it's not a carbon copy as Apple has developed a zero air gap screen.

It claims that this anti-reflective coating reduces screen reflections by 56%, which should provide clearer, brighter images.

iPad Air 2 design

It's thinner! No seriously, Apple has shaved off 1.4mm from the original iPad Air to make the iPad Air 2 just 6.1mm thick - that's the world's thinnest tablet people.

You'll be able to pick the iPad Air 2 up in silver, space grey and the all new gold variant - how exciting.

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iPad Air 2 power

The iPad Air 2 houses Apple's new A8X chip created specifically for the tablet, providing 40% faster CPU performance for apps and it claims graphics are 2.5 times faster.

Apple bigged up the graphic performance of its new chip, which means games should look pretty awesome on the Air 2, with the promise console quality graphics.

The M8 motion co-processor also resides inside (just like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), plus Apple has stuffed in a barometer as well, because it can.

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iPad Air 2 operating system

There's no surprise here, the iPad Air 2 comes running iOS 8.1 - Apple's latest version of its mobile platform.

iPad Air 2 camera

The iPad Air 2 has Apple's new 8MP iSight camera with a f/2.4 aperture plus 1080p video recording and 720p slo-mode video capabilities.

Auto HDR from the iPhone makes the leap to the Air 2, panorama and burst mode are present and there's a macro mode too.

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Time-lapse also makes it way onto iPad with the Air 2.

The face time camera on the front is also new, with a f/2.2 aperture to let in more light and it has a HD resolution with HDR built in.

iPad Air 2 Touch ID

It has it. Fact. Apple says its one of the most requested features from users, and with iPad Air 2 its answered those longing for the functionality.

It allows you to unlock the tablet as well as paying for products including through Apple Pay.

Battery and connectivity

Apple is promising up to 10 hours battery life, while new faster Wi-Fi and LTE are also hidden within the iPad Air 2.

In fact the Air 2 supports 20 different LTE bands, more than any other tablet on the market, meaning it should be compatible with your network.

There's plenty to read about the new iPad Air, but seeing is believing. Check out our hands on video with the new tablet below then click through to the next page for all the rumors in the run-up to its announcement!