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How do you make the nest web tablets in the woprld even better? You release the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, says Apple CEO Tim Cook.

You make it a lot thinner and curvier for starters.

New iPad mini 2

New iPad mini 2

Then add a shed load of new features, including Burst Mode, added to the iPad’s new 8 megapixel iSight camera, enabling users to take a flurry of photos in one go.

Apple’s Slo-Mo and Time Lapse features have also been introduced.

Fingerprint scanner technology has also been confirmed. Touch ID will also debut on the iPad Air 2. This will enable better security as well as payments features via the scanner.

Two of the new iPad Air 2s would still be thinner than the original iPad.

New iPad mini 2

New iPad mini 2

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“iPad is a magical device. It has advanced technology jam-packed inside it”, said Mr Cook, introducing the new look device in California.

“iPad is everywhere. It’s transforming the way we work, we play, the way we communicate.”

The iPad Air 2 will be available in gold for the first time, after Apple introduced gold to the iPhone 5S last year. This is believed to enhance appeal in the Asian market.

New iPad mini 2

New iPad mini 2

It will sell for 499, 599 and 699 US dollars (£310, £373, £435) Apple confirmed, ranging from 16 to 128G in storage.

The technology giant also confirmed the iPad mini 3, its smaller tablet. The new mini 3 will contain all the same new features as the Air 2, including Touch ID and will sel at 399, 499 and 729 US dollars (£454).

Apple confirmed that the existing iPad Air and mini would each become 100 US dollars (£62) cheaper.

Pre-orders for the 2 new devices will begin on Friday.

The Cupertino-based firm has already sold over 200 million units of the tablet since it was introduced four years ago.

Apple also confirmed its desktop computer, the Mac, which is 30 years old, would be updated with Apple’s Retina display technology. It is the iPad maker’s version of HD.

The display will house 14.7 million pixels, called the Retina 5K display, with seven times the number of pixels as a HD television.

The new iMac will stay 5mm thick but cost 2,499 US dollars (£1,555), making it cheaper than most 4K displays.