04 April 2019
Apple has an event scheduled for March 25 and our hopes were high to see the new iPads on stage. But the company took a different route and very quietly launched two new models – a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad Mini. Several reports and rumors had pointed towards the launch of the new iPad models alongside a new streaming service at this month’s event but we are now meeting them a little early.
Both the new iPad models are now available to order from Apple.com. They both feature Apple’s A12 Bionic chip and have improved displays with True Tone, and come with Apple Pencil support. The inclusion of its latest blazing-fast processor in the Air and Mini models suggests Apple no longer reserves its latest chips for flagship devices. They both include the Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay.
Apart from the performance boost, the upgraded iPad Air also gets 20 percent larger display which is 10.5-inch up from 9.7-inch and it also has a 20 percent larger battery which is Apple Pencil compatible to boot.
The new iPad Mini is the fifth-generation iPad Mini which has a 7.9-inch Retina display with True Tone. The new Mini model comes as a major upgrade for iPad Mini fans who love the compact and ultra-portable design. It has an 8MP back camera with HDR and 1080p HD video. On the front, it has 7MP HD camera for FaceTime with Auto HDR.
With the powerful processors, improved displays, and support for the Apple Pencil, the new iPad models unlock the ability to have some high-end features. With the help of Apple Pencil, users will be able to take notes, do sketching and note down the points to ponder. The best part is, the tablet is easier to carry so you can take it anywhere and jot down your ideas.
Apple has announced the new iPad models are available to order starting today and in stores next week. Prices start at $399 for the new iPad Mini and $499 for the new iPad Air. They both come in silver, space gray and gold finishes in 64GB and 256GB configurations.