Apple announces new iPad Air and iPad mini with Apple Pencil support

Ruben Fields
March 18, 2019

"Essentially, it's the 10.5" iPad Pro reborn with a new name, more modern internals, and a lower price point.

The new iPad Air will cost $499 and sport a screen that measures 10.5 inches diagonally.

This upgraded tablet includes an ultra-thin design with a 10.5-inch Retina display that now includes the clever True Tone technology which adapts to the conditions around you.

With advanced front- and back-facing cameras, iPad mini and iPad Air take gorgeous photos and capture clear and stable 1080p HD videos. That compares with the standard, 9.7-inch iPad, which Apple will still sell for $329. Some reports also suggest that Apple may introduce new updates to its iPad and iMac line-up.

The iPad Mini is priced at Rs 34,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 45,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, while the 10.5-inch iPad Air is priced at Rs 44,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 55,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Both new models have the same Wi-Fi and Gigabit-class LTE hardware as the iPad Pro lineup.

Apple quietly announces 10.5-inch iPad Air and refreshed iPad mini

That latter spec won't be noticeable though, as Apple has packed in the far more powerful and efficient A12 chipset, over the A10X Fusion seen in the iPad Pro 10.5, so the 10-hour battery life is apparently preserved.

There are a few different ways to purchase your new iPad Pro, how you choose mostly depends on what's more convenient for you. The first-generation Apple Pencil costs $99, while the keyboard for the iPad Air costs $159.

Also like the iPad Air, the iPad mini now boasts an A12 chip, which is an enormous upgrade over the iPad mini 4's A8. It too features a True Tone Retina display which is 25 percent brighter than the previous-generation iPad mini, and has the highest pixel density of any iPad ever.

The iPad Mini starts at $599 for the 64GB Wi-Fi option and $799 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular. All tablets come in silver, space gray, and gold color schemes, in 64GB and 256GB configurations. The new iPads are available to order starting today and in stores next week.

"More iPad sales won't make a big impact on the company's enormous bottom line, but it can help to show consumers and investors that Apple still has the ability to create popular devices and features", said Clement Thibault, a senior analyst at Investing.com.

IPad Air and iPad mini are flawless for staying productive on the go with iOS, helping users get things done faster with features like Siri Shortcuts, photo search and Voice Memos. The Touch ID sensor is there, the Pencil support is for the older model (not the wirelessly charging one), the Lightning connector remains and the stereo speakers are the same.

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