Apple Announces iPad Air 2, Thinner Than Ever and Now Available in Gold

Tim Cook says Apple sold more iPhones in its first month than ever—and the difference, according to the CEO, is “a lot, not a little.”

Meanwhile, 225 million iPads have been sold so far. Cook says Apple has sold more iPads than any manufacturer has sold PCs over the last four years. There are now nearly 700,000 apps built specifically for Apple’s tablet lineup, which has helped drive a 100% customer satisfaction rating for the Mini Retina, according to the company’s head.

Apple’s obsession with thin comes through loud and clear with the newly announced iPad Air 2, which is 18% thinner than its predecessor, and less than half as thick as the original iPad. The new tablet is also available in Apple’s gold colouring.

“iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations, weighs less than a pound, and at just 6.1 mm is the thinnest tablet in the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Other upgrades include a faster processor and graphics and a new 8MP iSight camera that shoots 1080 HP video and features Apple’s Burst Mode and Time Lapse first seen on last month’s iPhone 6. And finally the iPad Air now has Touch ID.

“iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor,” Schiller noted.

The iPad Mini and Mini 2 are still for sale at cheaper rates as the new Mini 3 boasts the same upgrades that the Air has.

Preorders start tomorrow. Units begin shipping next week.