These improvements were all expected. Even the names of the tablets came as no surprise after Apple accidentally posted screenshots of its iPad User Guide for iOS 8.1 on Wednesday. But updates like these are necessary to get the iPad on the same playing field as the iPhone. Apple Pay is expected to become a major force in mobile payments, and all iOS devices need to enable purchases for the sake of continuity (not Continuity).
Apple starts taking preorders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on Friday, Oct. 17.
Prices and preorders
Apple starts taking preorders for both tablets on Friday and begins shipping next week. The 16GB iPad Air 2 starts at $499, with a 64GB model for $599 and 128GB for $699. Tack on $130 to each model for Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
The iPad mini 3 starts at $399 for the 16GB model. You can get 64GB for $499 and 128GB for $599. The iPad Air and iPad mini 2 aren't going away. Neither is the original iPad mini, which now retails for $249.
Which iPad are you ordering? Let us know in the comments.
Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.