Both new iPads are available for pre-order from tomorrow, Friday, 16th October, with shipping expected towards the end of the following week. Both will ship with the new iOS 8.1 software, which will be available as a free download for all iOS devices on Monday.
Prices for the iPad Air 2 start from £399, while the iPad Mini starts from £319. The original iPad Mini is now available from £199.
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iPad price drop
The iPad Air 2 prices start at £399 for the wi-fi-only 16GB model, the same as the original iPad Air, while the iPad Air 2 with wi-fi+cellular starts at £499 for the 32GB model.
The iPad Mini 3 with wi-fi will be available from £319 for the 16GB model, £399 for the 64GB model and £479 for the 128GB model. iPad Mini 3 with wi-fi+cellular will be available from £419 for the 16GB model, £499 for the 64GB model and £579 for the 128GB model.
Prices for the existing iPads have dropped as a result: iPad Air starts at £319 for the 16GB with wi-fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at £239 for the 16GB with wi-fi model, and iPad mini starts at £199 for the 16GB with wi-fi model.
The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 come in a new gold metallic finish, as well as the familiar silver and space grey colours.
More after the break
225 million iPads sold
The new iPad Air 2 still has a 9.7in, 2048 x 1536 resolution display, but claims to deliver "vivid colours and greater contrast" and sports an anti-reflective coating - "the least reflective display of any tablet in the world".
The Air 2 a new A8X processor, which claims to be 40% faster than the iPad Air, with a 64-bit architecture that Apple says "is as powerful as many personal computers".
There's also a new 8MP iSight camera complete with an M8 motion chip, and a new front-facing Facetime camera, while Apple claims wi-fi is "twice as fast as the previous generation".
Just 6.1mm thin, it's 18% thinner than the first iPad Air, and weighs just 437 grams. The iPad Air 2 battery life claims to come in at 10 hours.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, revealed Apple has sold 225 million iPads to date. "We sold more iPads in the first four years than any product we've sold in our entire history."
A thinner design, faster hardware - the A8 processor and M8 chip - improved camera and superior screen are all likely to be present on the new iPads, while the fingerprint sensor is expected to arrive and bring Touch ID to the iPad.Elsewhere at the Apple Event, Apple confirmed the release of OSX Yosemite for Mac, which is available for free on the App Store from today, as well as new iMac desktop computers. Amongst them was the new iMac, dubbed iMac with Retina display, which features a "5K", 5120 x 2880 resolution screen, which Apple claimed has "more pixels than any other display". Presumably this means available to buy now, as we know there are plenty of 8K screens around in prototype form at least.
Apple also confirmed it has added 500 new banks to Apply Pay, its new touch payment service for iOS devices which will go live in the US on Monday, 20th October.
Look out for our hands-on reviews of the new iPads from last night's Apple event on the site very soon.