In addition to the iPad Mini 3, Apple also introduces the all-new iPad Air 2 on Thursday (Oct. 16), which is the thinnest iPad ever at 6.1 millimeters.

The new tablet weighs less than a pound, and also features a new construction. Previous generations used three separate components, but the iPad Air 2 combines those three layers into just one, eliminating gaps between layers, along with the internal reflectance caused by those gaps. The result is richer colors, greater contrast, and even sharper and more vivid images.

Other features include improved sensitivity of the screen, so it tracks your finger even more accurately; an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 percent; a new A8X chip for improved CPU and graphics performance than its predecessor; and 10-hour battery life.

It also features the new iSight camera like the new mini, the best iPad camera yet, which includes panorama, time-lapse videos, slo-mo, and burst and timer modes. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has been redesigned, too, with an improved sensor and larger pixels for even better low-light performance.

The iPad Air 2 comes in three metallic finishes, including silver, space gray and gold, and releases Oct. 17, starting at $499 USD.