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Oct 17, 2014
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This just in, geeks: May bagong nang mga iPad!

Apple unveiled the latest versions of their popular tablets earlier today. Check out below, the all-new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3:

ipad air 2

They look...just like the old iPads of previous years! We guess we can safely say Apple has absolute confidence in its default design, which basically can be summed up in three words: modern, simple, and sosi.

But of course, things would suck if they remained the same outside and inside. Read on to see the features and upgrades Apple's new tablets have over their predecessors, and know if ditching your circa-2013 iPad for the newest version will not be a waste of your hard-earned money!


Video via Apple

Hardware highlights: 9.7-inch touchscreen (2048 x 1536 resolution), dual-core 1.3GHz A8X processor, 1GB RAM, up to 128GB capacity, 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video recording, 1.2-megapixel front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G (depends on the model)

Key upgrades:

Processor: Dual-core 64-bit A8x processor vs. dual-core A7 processor (iPad Air 2013)
Rear camera: 8-megapixel camera vs. 5-megapixel camera (iPad Air 2013)
Video recording: Slow-motion video recording
Home button: Now called the Touch ID (which also acts as a fingerprint sensor)
Thickness: 6.1mm vs. 7.5mm (iPad Air 2013)
Weight: 437g vs. 469g (iPad Air 2013)

ipad air 2

Why you should upgrade: We like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor because it enables the iPad to now make legit online payments (no more wondering if you're gonna get screwed!). That and it makes unlocking the device a sci-fi-esque affair! The new A8X processor also promises better and faster performance while the slow-mo video feature will certainly spice up your sex scandals gimik clips. Oh, it's thinner and lighter, too!

Why you should stay put: The previous iPad Air is only a year old, and its overall performance is still pretty good. And it's not as if it's already a chunky device by 2014 standards. The resolutions also stayed the same. Sure, the Touch ID looks cool, but if you're not going to use it other than as a totally geeky way to unlock the device or pay for whatever you splurge on online, then sayang lang.

NEXT: The new little bro goes on the hot seat...and it kinda disappoints!