The online Apple Store is down as Apple readies the site to take pre-orders of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

The iPad Air 2 is 18% thinner than the original Air, adds Touch ID, M8 motion-sensing chip and an AX8 processor that Apple says is 40% faster than the previous model. It also has camera and wifi improvements, and is available in gold … 

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The iPad mini 3 is essentially identical to its predecessor bar Touch ID and the gold color option.

Pre-orders for both devices begin today, with the iPads going on sale “late next week” – most likely on Friday.

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