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iPad Air 2 pre-orders now open

iPad Air 2 pre-orders have officially opened up ahead of the tablet’s formal release next week.

After some brief downtime for the online Apple Store, the Cupertino-based company’s latest tablet is now waiting for eager adopters. The refreshed 9.7-inch slate was unveiled just last night.

If you’re looking to throw down cash on the svelte slate, here’s our round-up of the best iPad Air 2 deals and prices.

The new iPad Air 2 ships with Apple’s new A8X chip, an upgraded SoC that builds upon the A8 that launched with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The device also comes with the TouchID fingerprint sensor, first debuted on the iPhone 5S, and promises a 10-hour battery life.

“When we launched the iPad Air, just a year ago, we did so by showing that all this power was in a device slimmer than a pencil,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Revealing the device, he added: “So what do you do when you make the best tablet in the world? How do you make it better? You do this.

The Wi-Fi-only model marks up at £399 for 16GB, £479 for 64GB, and £559 for 128GB.

The Wi-Fi and cellular models are all priced up higher at £499 for 16GB, £579 for 64GB, and £659 for 128GB.

Earlier today TrustedReviews exclusively learned from UK retailer John Lewis that the iPad Air 2 would be officially releasing next Wednesday, October 22.

The new device was unveiled alongside the iPad Mini 3. The teeny slate boasts just two updates from the iPad Mini 2 with Retina display, namely a fingerprint sensor and a new gold colour option.

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