APPLE chief executive Tim Cook has unveiled the latest tablet from the trend-setting company; the 6.1mm thick iPad Air 2.

Speaking at a launch event in California, Mr Cook said the gadget, which will range in price from £310 to £435 in the UK, provided the answer to the question: "What do you do when you make the best tablet in the world? How do you make it better?"

Colleague Phil Schiller demonstrated that two of the new iPad Air 2 would still be thinner than the original iPad. It will also be faster than previous generations thanks to a new processor chip.

The US technology giant has sold more than 200 million units of the tablet since it was introduced four years ago.

"iPad is a magical device. It has advanced technology jam-packed inside it," said Mr Cook. "iPad is everywhere. It's transforming the way we work, we play, the way we communicate."

The announcement comes after a leak online on Wednesday that suggested the Air 2 would be introduced. It was suggested the leak was timed as it appeared just after rivals Google had announced their new smartphone and tablet, the Nexus 6 and 9 respectively.

The iPad Air 2 will be available in gold for the first time, in a pitch at Asian markets.