Apple revives the iPad Mini and iPad Air with new models

Apple revives the iPad Mini and iPad Air with new models

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.

Apple quietly refreshed the iPad Air and iPad Mini lines today, significantly boosting their power with its A12 Bionic processors. Both feature upgraded, brighter retina displays with True Tone and also have Apple Pencil support (the older type of Apple pencil rather than the magnetic, iPad Pro-type). Apple is also planning a new iPad mini, new AirPods and Apple Watches, multiple new Macs, including a revamp to the Mac Pro, and three new iPhones for this year, Bloomberg News has reported. Even though Apple has included latest internals in this new device, it features the same-old boring design with huge bezels surrounding the display.

2019 Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini released with Pencil support

The new iPad Air is available with 64GB or 256GB of built-in storage.

An Apple reseller who preferred to remain anonymous reckoned that the new devices would be particularly attractive to the education sector, especially the iPad Air and keyboard combo, which comes in quite a bit under the cheapest iPad Pro option (£769 for the slab and £179 for its own keyboard). Like its predecessor, the iPad mini is a 7.9-inch tablet. This tablet replaces the iPad Mini 4, which has been on sale continuously since 2015, and is now showing its age.

Both new tablets have 8-megapixel rear cameras and 7-megapixel front-facing cameras, and support Apple's augmented reality platform. The 10.5-inch screen slots neatly between the entry-level iPad's 9.7-inches and the iPad Pro's 11- or 12.9-inches.

The new iPad mini surprisingly bears very similar specs to the iPad Air. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously predicted that, too, will finally be ready for a release early this year. The cellular iPad mini costs $529 (16,700 baht), while the cellular iPad Air costs $629 (19,900 baht).

Under the hood, it runs on the same A12 Bionic chip as the latest iPhone XS family and it also supports the 1st gen Apple Pencil as standard.

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. Both models can shoot video up to 1080p and have Lightning ports for charging - USB-C is left to the iPad Pro lineup.

So, yeah, there's a pretty good chance you'll soon be able to get a 10.5-inch iPad Pro for as little as $400 brand-new, unused, and untouched.

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