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Apple announces iPad Air 2 at its October 16 event

At its reveal event in Cupertino, California on Thursday, Apple has announced that the iPad Air 2 would improve on its previous tablet offerings.

The newly revealed device is stated to be only 6.1 mm thick, making it easily Apple's thinnest device yet. Apple has also revealed that it will be available in Gold and Silver.

The custom-made Apple A8X chip is powering the new tablet. For comparison the A8X's GPU has a 2.5% increase in speed from its predecessor while the CPU has a marked 40% increase in speed.

The TouchID sensor from the iPhone is finally making its tablet debut here. Surprisingly enough, the iPad Air 2 has no increase in resolution but now comes with an Anti-reflective coating, which reduces reflections by up to 56%.

The iPad Air 2 has a 8MPF/2.4 camera and is able to shoot 1080p video. The camera now has the capability to take time-lapse video, 120 fps slow-mo video and has burst mode as well. Unlike the iPhone 6, the tablet has a second mic to allow stereo audio recording.The front camera has recieved a few updated as well. It now has a new sensor, improved facial detection and HDR video.

Apple has announced that the original iPad Air's 10 hours battery life would be the same on the new iPad Air 2 so those hoping for an improved battery life, I feel you.

The iPad Air 2 would retail for $499 for the 16GB version. Just like the iPhone, the middle of the road 32GB option is now gone. The 64GB will be priced at $599, while the LTE versions would cost you an additional $130 so it'll cost you a pretty penny indeed.

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