Zagg is now accepting orders for its invisibleSHIELD screen protector for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The invisibleSHIELD is a well trusted film that protects your iPad's display from scratches and abrasions while adding no unnecessary bulk to your device. It comes with a lifetime warranty and it is "engineered from advanced Military Grade technology" with "Nano-Memory Technology that allows it to self–heal" when damaged, according to Zagg.
If you order now Zagg will ship your invisibleSHIELD immediately, which means it should arrive before your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3. Both of Apple's new tablets are expected to start shipping later this week (around 10/24/14).
There seems to be some confusion about Apple Pay now that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has released iOS 8.1. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 do support Apple Pay, but they do not support in-store purchases. Only the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 5 or later can make in-store payments. Neither the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 ship with the Near Field Communication antenna that is required to utilize the Apple Pay readers coming to more than 220,000 retail locations.
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 owners will be able to use Apple Pay and Touch ID to make online and in-app purchases when they begin shipping later this week. For example, you will now be able to pay for stuff within an app, like the Apple Store, by just placing your figder on your Touch ID. This eliminates the need to type in your App Store password every time you want to make an in-app purchase.
If you have already pre-ordered or are considering pre-ordering an iPad Air 2, then now is the time to sell your older iPad model. Companies such as Gazelle and Next Worth are fighting over your used iPad and trade-in values are at an all time high! For example, Gazelle is offering an extra $20, opposed to Next Worth's additional $10, on any iPad traded in that has a value of $75 or more through October 31st. Even if you're on the fence about upgrading or selling your used model, you can lock-in a free quote now and take up to 30 days to make up your mind. This way you can take advantage of the current trade-in values that will decrease once the iPad Air 2 starts shipping later this week.
Selling your old iPad is easy, just visit Gazelle.com and select the device you want to sell. Select one of the three options "Broken," "Good" or "Flawless" and receive your trade-in quote. If you're happy with the quote, click the "Get Paid" button to lock it in. Gazelle will send you a free USPS or FedEx shipping label and will quickly review your device once you ship it in. If your device matches the condition you specified Gazelle will pay you via Amazon gift card or through Pay Pal. If your device does not match the condition you specified Gazelle will issue you a new trade-in quote. You will then have 5 days to accept the new trade-in value or have your device returned to you free of charge.
As you already know Apple (NYSE: AAPL) this week held its next-generation iPad keynote in Cupertino, California. During the event Tim Cook and his team unveiled the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. The company also showcased some third-party editing apps on the new iPad Air to demonstrate what its new A8X hardware is capable of doing. In case you missed the event or needed a reminder, the first app was Pixelmator. The award-winning photo editor is currently available on the Mac Store for $29.99 and it will be available on the App Store for the iPad in a few weeks.
The second app showcased at the keynote was Replay. This app allows users to easily turn their photos and videos into movies even if they don't know anything about editing. Replay is available now for free on the App Store. It requires iOS 7.1 or later and runs four times faster with Apple's A8X chip. The entire iPad event and app demonstrations are now available to watch on Apple.com.
Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available for pre-order. Apple (NYSE:AAPL) fans can pre-order the new tablets through Apple.com, AT&T and Best Buy. Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile have not opened pre-orders at the time of this post. Walmart, Target and Amazon.com are also expected to start carrying the new iPads in the near future. Apple stated at its keynote on Thursday that the iPad Air 2 would start shipping “later next week".
Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. The iPad Air 2 starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and the iPad mini 3 starts at $399. You can see a list of prices for all the avilable models below.
While Apple mainly focused on the iPad Air 2 at its keynote on Thursday, the iPad mini lineup did get a quick mention during the event. Not only was the third-generation iPad mini with Touch ID announced, but Apple fans also learned that the entire iPad mini family will stick around for at least another year. This is good news for bargain shoppers because the original iPad mini is now the most affordable tablet ever offered by Apple.
The original iPad mini will now be available starting at $249, which is $150 less than its original asking price. iOS fans looking for an affordable iPad Retina display option will be able to pick up the second-generation iPad mini for only $299. That's a $100 drop from its recent price tag of $399.
Apple today announced its second-generation iPad Air 2 and third-generation iPad mini 3 at its Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, California. While both devices are indeed impressive, Tim Cook and his team did not announce anything about the new tablets that wasn't already previously leaked. As expected, both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will ship with the same Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. This will allow iPad users to unlock their devices without having to type in a password, and give them the ability to make easy online and in-app purchases when using Apple Pay, which launches this Monday along with iOS 8.1.
The most noteworthy feature of the iPad Air 2 is once again its design. Apple managed to make the new tablet 18 percent less thinner (6.1mm thin and 0.96lb) than its predecessor while creating the "fastest, most powerful iPad ever". The second-generation iPad Air is powered by a new A8x chip that delivers 40 percent faster CPU performance, and it is equipped with a 2048‐by‐1536 resolution (264 ppi) Retina display with new anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 percent.
The next generation iPad Air will definitely debut tomorrow and, considering some premature iTunes uploads, quite possibly the iPad mini 3. According to one analyst, the iPad Air 2 supplies could be limited.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, wrote that production issues will likely limit the initial supply. Specifically, there are yield rate issues concerning the anti-reflective display coating on the new tablet, meaning a larger than expected amount of screens produced are defective. He expects anywhere from 7 to 9 million units to ship for launch. By comparison, 12 million iPad Air units shipped when it launched last year.
There was never any doubt that Apple planned to announce the iPad Air 2 tomorrow, but there was some uncertainty about the future of the iPad mini, until now. Apple has prematurely uploaded the iOS 8.1 iPad user guide to iTunes with details about the second-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPad mini.
As you can see from the screenshot posted above, both the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini will ship with Touch ID. The leak also shows that the iPad Air iSight camera will now feature Burst Mode, and that the new tablets will be named the "iPad Air 2" and "iPad mini 3," like we have always expected.
Apple is set to announce the iPad Air 2 on October 16, and recent rumors are pointing to a October 24 launch for the new tablet. iPad owners who are planning to purchase the second-generation iPad Air should consider trading-in their older model now. Not only do trade-in prices drop after an official release, but NextWorth is currently offering an extra $10 for all iPad trade-ins when you use the promo code OCTIPAD10.
Trading-in your iPad is simple. Just visit NextWorth.com and select the iPad model you want to sell. Answer a few simple questions to get your instant quote and hit "Sell it now" button to lock-in your trade-in value.