Apple Quietly Releases New iPad Air And iPad Mini

Apple Quietly Releases New iPad Air And iPad Mini

So with the iPad Air, you're now getting nearly everything the impressive iPad Pro 10.5 offered for a lot less - and if you need the raw power as well as a top-end screen then the higher-end iPad Pro range still exists for you to sample. "Essentially, it's the 10.5" iPad Pro reborn with a new name, more modern internals, and a lower price point. Apple will continue to sell the 9.7-inch iPad for $329, along with the iPad Pro for $799 and up, all of which means you've got a lot of decision making to do if you're in the market for a new tablet.

Apple's new iPad Air, meanwhile, looks like a repurposed 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro model when it comes to design.

Tim Cook and his minions quietly introduced updated guts for the iPad Air and the iPad Mini, both of which are shipping now. Its Apple Pencil support is also limited to the first-generation Pencil; you can not use the improved second-generation Pencil with the iPad Air.

The iPad Mini starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and $529 for Wi-Fi+cellular model.

Funnily enough, neither the Air or the Mini are slimmest of the iPad family - the iPad Pro coming in at 0.23-inches to the their 0.24-inches. The new Smart Keyboard for iPad Air will be available for $159.

"While the iPad Air is in many ways a repackaged version of the 10.5" iPad Pro - minus ProMotion and with only dual speakers versus the Pro's quad - the fifth-generation iPad mini is a major step forward for a product that had long felt entirely forgotten.

Overall, the new iPad mini doesn't have any noticeable design differences from the current model. Interested in knowing how the iPad mini 5 differs from the iPad mini 4?

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The iPad mini didn't change in size; it's still a 7.9-inch tablet with a Touch ID beneath the display. Both run on the Apple A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine and embedded M12 coprocessor. The company has claimed that the iPad Mini now delivers "three times the performance and nine times faster graphics".

Like every version of the iPad since the first in 2010, the latest models come in configurations that connect to either just WiFi or cellular networks as well. Of course the Air is much bigger than the mini, so the battery is significantly larger at 30.2 watt-hours.

The new iPad mini can be ordered from Apple's website today, and is available in the same silver, space gray, and gold finishes and 64 GB and 256 GB capacities as the iPad Air.

Check out the Apple website for more info and full specs.

You won't find the older tablet in the Apple Online Store, or in Apple retail stores. This display is also laminated and supports True Tone and wide color.

Apple could position the cheaper device as a hub for the new services and as a way to use the company's latest software.

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