What's the best way to order the iPad mini (2019)

Ruben Fields
March 18, 2019

Apple is also launching new accessories for both models, including a Polyurethane Smart Cover ($49 Air, $39 mini) in charcoal gray, white, pink sand and a new papaya and Leather Smart Cover ($69 Air) in black, saddle brown, midnight blue and red. But if you were holding your breath for AirPower, you would be dead by now - there's no sign of Apple's wireless mat yet. A much more modern Apple A12 Bionic chip should pay dividends in performance, compared to the iPad's aging A10. That's actually one gig less than what 2017's iPad Pro 10.5 offered, which may have been a necessary compromise to keep the starting price of the new 10.5-incher as low as $499. There's the same A12 Bionic chip as in the new iPad Air, for instance, and the same maximum 256 GB of storage.

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.

Splash a bit more cash at the Apple store and you can also pick up a first-generation Apple pencil for writing on the things at a princely £89.

The iPad mini 5 starts from $399. 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. 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.

Both new models are available to pre-order from Apple today and will begin arriving from next week.

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The iPad mini 5 comes with significantly faster Wi-Fi ac and gigabit LTE support.

The Apple Store went down early Monday, which typically precedes the arrival of new hardware. Both iPads come in 64GB and 256GB storage capacity options.

Last year, Apple held a launch event to promote the previous entry-level iPad and its education efforts at a Chicago-area high school.

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. You can have a WiFi + Cellular configuration, too, and there's now Apple Pencil support. Both the devices will be available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold colour options.

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