Apple Just Announced a New iPad Air and iPad Mini

Ruben Fields
March 18, 2019

Before now the iPad mini hadn't been updated since 2015, and with the increasing popularity of larger iPhones, many suspected the device simply didn't have a big enough market to merit future updates.

Unlike the latest iPad Pro line up, these new tablets come with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, meaning no Face ID support.

Apple has just revealed the newest additions to its iPad lineup with the announcement of an updated, 10.5-inch iPad Air and a new iPad mini with support for Apple Pencil.

Apple has also stuck with a Lightning cable connector for charging and data transfer, rather than USB-C like it offers on the latest iPad Pro range.

The 7.9-inch iPad mini 5 is a serious upgrade that also features the A12 Bionic chip.

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Apple's iPad strategy in recent years had been splitting the category into two lines: lower-end models geared toward education and high-end models for business users. It is powered by A12 Bionic chip, which is also present in the company's iPhone XS smartphones. The 64GB and 256GB variant of the Wi-Fi iPad Air will cost you $499 and $649 respectively, while 64GB and 256GB models of the Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air will set you back $629 and $779, respectively.

"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.

The iPad Mini has finally been lavished with some attention, too.

The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide color support is 25 percent brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad, delivering an immersive visual experience in any setting. An Apple Smart Keyboard cover is also available for it, just like the iPad Pro 10.5 it replaces (it's a very good keyboard cover). These new tablets are variations of the 2018 iPad Pro models featuring older iPad designs, which makes them a lot more affordable than Apple's current crop of iPad Pro tablets. The device also includes the same 8MP rear camera and 7MP FaceTime HD camera found in the iPad Air, and its display supports True Tone and P3 wide color.

We don't yet know how big the batteries will be in either model, but the company claims both tablets will last for up to 10 hours of "surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music". Both iPads come in 64GB and 256GB storage capacity options. Notably, every iPad in Apple's lineup now supports the Apple Pencil. Wi-Fi-only versions and models with 4G connectivity in are available, in silver, space grey or gold.

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