According to the quote from Wallis Simpson, you can never be too rich or too thin.  Apple seems to have applied that maxim to the all new iPad Air 2.  Not only is it rich in features and apps, it is amazingly thin and light.

In fact, when my review unit arrived I wondered just how they managed to get all of the electronics into what is essentially a thick slice of air.

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Apparently magic has something to do with it.  Honest!  At the global launch 10 days ago Apple’s Philip Schiller describe the iPad as a “magical” piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it.

Was Phil using the word magical in the sense that the device is beautiful or delightful, or was he hinting that supernatural powers were at play in creating the device?

I suspect the former, but either way, the new iPad has finally reached New Zealand so you’ll be able to go in-store and figure that one out for yourself.

Here’s what you need to know about the all-new magical device:

  • iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and more vibrant colours, and better cameras for taking high quality photos and videos.
  • Available in gold, silver and space grey, the new iPad Air 2 and it’s stablemate, the iPad Mini 3 both feature Touch ID for the first time so users can unlock their tablet with just the touch of a finger or thumb.
  • The iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, a new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless.
  • It is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of the original iPad Air.
  • It still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life users expect while working, playing games or surfing the web.
  • The rear facing camera is a Facetime HD camera which is the same as on the iPhone 6 and 6 plus.
  • The new iPads (iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3) come with iOS 8.1 including Continuity features across iOS 8 and OS X® Yosemite that enable all your Apple products to work together seamlessly.
  • Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to another, and when your iPhone® is on the same Wi-Fi network, you can make and receive phone calls right from your iPad.

The New Zealand pricing for each model is as follows:

iPad Air 2 with Wi-FI: $749 for the 16GB model, $899 for the 64GB model and $1,049 for the 128GB model.

iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $949 for the 16GB model, $1,099 for the 64GB model and $1,249 for the 128GB model.

iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi: $599 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 64GB model and $899 for the 128GB model.

iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular: $799 for the 16GB model, $949 for the 64GB model and $1,099 For the 128GB model.

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