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Apple confirms iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, starts shipping next week

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Apple unveiled two more iPad models at a press conference today: the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Pre-orders start tomorrow for both and shipping will begin by end of next week.

The iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner than the original iPad Air, has an anti-reflective coating, has a CPU that is 40 percent faster and 180 times the graphics performance of the original iPad. The iPad Air 2 has a ten hour battery life, a new iSight camera with 8MP that can capture 1080p HD video. The tablet will also include burst mode, timelapse and slo-mo. The device also has Touch ID as well as support for 802.11AC with MIMO Wi-Fi. The iPad Air 2 will start at $499 featuring 16GB of memory, $599 for 64GB and $699 for 128 GB. The cell version adds $130 to those prices.

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The iPad mini 3 will start at $399. It features a 7.9-inch Retina display, 5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording, FaceTime HD camera and Touch ID.

The original iPad mini will drop down to $249. The iPad mini 2 is $299 and the iPad Air will be getting a $100 price drop.

Images and some details for both devices were accidentally revealed yesterday when an official user guide for iOS 8 was updated in the iTunes Store to include pictures and some details for both iPads. The images and details were removed about an hour later, 9 to 5 Mac reported.