Where's the cheapest place in Europe to buy the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3?

Surprisingly, Switzerland has the lowest prices in Europe for the latest iPad offerings from Apple.

The iPad Air 2. Image: James Martin/CNET

If you live in Europe and you're in the market for an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 , it may actually be worth a trip across the border to pick one up.

At an event last night, Apple showed off the latest updates to its iPad range . It's shaved a few grams off the first iPad Air to deliver the iPad Air 2, which weighs in at 437g for the wi-fi only version and 444g for the LTE equivalent. It's also half a centimetre thinner than its predecessor at 6.1mm — also thinner than the iPhone 6.

The iPad Air 2 comes with new A8X chip and M8 motion processor, Touch ID, eight-megapixel sensor camera, 1080p HD video recording, and a new Burst mode. Its two new sensors include Touch ID finger print authentication and a barometer.

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The iPad mini got the lightest of updates, with the new mini 3 retaining the same A7X chip as its predecessor. The main difference is that the mini 3 now comes with Touch ID. 

Apple also ditched the 32GB model for both devices and now offers 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions, which are available in silver, gold, and space grey.

Brits will need to fork out £399 to get their hands on the entry level 16GB wi-fi only iPad Air 2, £80 more than last year's equivalent. A step up to the new 64GB iPad Air 2 will cost £479, while the 128GB model has a £559 price tag — about £200 less than the 11-inch MacBook Air. The LTE version of each model costs £100 more.

Despite being a minor update, the iPad mini 3 still also commands an £80 premium on last year's iPad mini 2. The wi-fi only iPad mini 3 costs £319 for the 16GB model, £399 for the 64GB model, and £479 for the 128GB version. The wi-fi and LTE version starts at £419 for the 16GB model, and rises to £499 for the 64GB model and £579 for the 128GB device

French and Italian buyers will both face the same costs for the new devices, with the iPad Air 2 starting at €499 for the 16GB wi-fi model before stepping up to €605 for the 64GB edition, and €705 for the 128GB model. The starting price is €100 more than the first iPad Air. To get LTE support, they'll pay an extra €120 on each model.

In Germany, prices across all models are between €10 and €15 less than in France and Italy.

Meanwhile, it appears the Swiss are being offered the new devices at the lowest prices, with the 16GB wi-fi iPad Air 2 costing CHF 549 (€455) — well under what the rest of Europe is paying. For Germans and Italians, it may be worth a short trip across the border to make their purchase. Models with LTE support cost an additional CHF 150 (€124) The iPad mini 3 starts at CHF 439 (€364) for the 16GB.

Up in the Nordics, Swedes face a price tag of SEK 4695 (€512) for the 16GB wi-fi iPad Air 2 while the same model will cost NOK 4190 (€499) in otherwise very expensive Norway.

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