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New gadgets from Apple, Motorola

A bunch of new technology was revealed overnight, with Apple releasing four new products and Motorola and Google teaming up to show off the new Nexus 6.

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Apple released their thinnest and most powerful iPad yet – the iPad Air 2 – as well as the iPad mini 3. Both products will let users use Touch ID to unlock the iPad using their fingerprint and also to approve purchases from the App Store, iTunes store and iBooks store.

The Google Nexus 6 and Apple iPad mini 3.
The Google Nexus 6 and Apple iPad mini 3.

Both products come in three metallic finishes - gold, silver or space grey – and will be available in New Zealand from tomorrow. Prices for the iPad Air 2 will start at $749 for the 16GM model and iPad mini 3s will start at $599 for the 16GM.

However, Consumer NZ’s tech writer Hadyn Green warned against rushing out to buy the new technology.

“The new iPad Mini 3 has the exact same specs as the iPad Mini 2 from last year. The only difference is the fingerprint ID home button and the option to have a gold tablet,” Hadyn said.

“I would recommend buying last year’s model and saving yourself a few bucks. The iPad Air 2 on the other hand is an improvement with a faster chip and more camera options. The Air 2 is also 30 grams lighter, which means we must be getting pretty close to the asymptotic limit of the lightest weight possible.”

Apple also revealed a 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display (RRP $3699) and update Mac mini (from $749).

At the Nexus 6 launch, fans were introduced to Android 5.0 lollipop – a feature that makes the phone more responsive to touch and voice and makes transitioning between tasks more fluid.

The phones will be available for pre-order through the Google Play Store later this month. There are two colours to choose form – midnight blue or cloud white – and the option of 32GB or 64GB. They will be in stores November.

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