Apple gave the new iPads the A7 chip, found in the iPhone 5S, for arguably better overall performance and some modest improvements in battery life. Moreover, the new iPads are also capable of 64-bit computing, just like the iPhone 5S, and makes them ready for the future of mobile computing.
iPad Air: Tablet on a diet
With the iPad Air, we now have a more powerful tablet that alleviates one of the biggest issues we had with the iPad - its weight. Think back to the first iPad, weighing in at 680 and 725 grams for the Wi-Fi and cellular versions, respectively.
Although it seems negligible, many users complained of the first generation iPad's heft and weight for extended, single-handed use.
Now that Apple has shaved the weight to less than half a kilo, again a seemingly negligible amount of weight, the difference will undoubtedly be like night and day.
Of course, if you have wrist issues or have never exercised a day in your life, you may consider the coming accessories and stands for the new iPad.
If you've been wanting to buy an iPad, but you've been holding out for a number of reasons - or more realistically, excuses - now is the time.
iPad mini 2 with Retina Display joins the future
Nothing made the iPad mini feel more antiquated than its display. I was prepared to call it an awful display, but that would've been unfair to anyone who wasn't stranded in a cave with no other devices to compare it to.
Perhaps weight was the issue for many who bought the iPad mini, and for others it really was about the size and portability. But at the time, the sacrifice that was being made was a subpar display.
Now, at 2048 x 1536 resolution, the iPad mini 2 has a 326 PPI that will look sharper than a tack at normal viewing distances.
Oddly, Apple didn't include Touch ID on the iPad mini 2, and neither does the iPad Air. One would think that users would enjoy the same security levels offered by the new tablets.
iPad Air and iPad mini 2 at premium prices
One thing that holds folks back from taking the plunge on either tablet is pricing. However, we believe that when it comes to buying a new tablet, you get what you pay for.
Apple still owns the tablet market, and you aren't going to find a better piece of hardware than either of the new iPads.
The new Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are great Android tablets, but they're still not quite up to par with the iPads. We can go on and on with that debate, but the fact remains that there are still more tablet-optimized apps for the iPad than there are for Android tablets.
The iPad has always had a much nicer build quality, too, whereas Android tablets ranged from pretty good to bad enough to be on a grocery store shelf. No joke: we once saw Android tablets being sold next to cigarettes at a Rite-Aid store in New York City.
With the nice displays, memory and wireless options and the wealth of apps available for iOS 7, the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 will be worth the money - that is, if you're even in the market for a tablet in the first place.
New iPad Air and iPad mini 2: To buy or not to buy?
As purveyors of tech information, news and rumours, we get asked this question a lot: Should I buy the new thing?
The question in response is always, "We don't know. Should you?"
Well, we'll keep it simple this time around. If you're in the market for a new tablet, the answer is yes. If you're even considering a new tablet, the answer is yes. Go ahead, throw your money at Apple.
One thing we've learned about the iPad is that its owners, on average, are pretty satisfied with their tablets for quite some time. And although this is anecdotal, we can't say the same for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab units we've seen lying around, dormant for weeks or months.
It's all in the apps and experience, really. You're essentially buying a big display, so what matters is what you can do with it. iOS still offers more consumption and creation apps for its tablets than Android.
So, if you're really going to take the plunge on one of these big displays, buy the one that will do more for you in the long run, the one with the most apps - the iPad.