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Apple Just Announced a New iPad Air and iPad Mini

Apple Just Announced a New iPad Air and iPad Mini

The updated iPad mini keeps the familiar 7.9-inch form factor.

Apple has just unveiled its new iPad Air and iPad Mini models, and it looks like the latter is the product we've seen rumored for years: the iPad Mini 5.

Today Apple has updated its online store with two major new products now available: "an iPad Air with a 10.5" display, and a long-overdue fifth-generation iPad mini that includes Apple Pencil support. Apple officially discontinued the model in 2017, in favor of the 2017 iPad.

The new iPad Air. According to Apple, the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is almost 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels.

"iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device", said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing. The first-generation Apple Pencil costs $99, while the keyboard for the iPad Air costs $159.

A left-to-right size comparison of the iPad Air, iPad, and iPad mini. The iPad Mini is the cheapest of the two, starting at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi and LTE model. 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.

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Apple iPad mini 2019 brings powerful A12 processor and Pencil support in a retro package

The iPad mini now supports the Apple Pencil for the first time ever, making it the smallest device to be Pencil-compatible.

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.

"The IPS display has retained its 7.9" diagonal and 2048-by-1536 resolution with 326 ppi, but has gained wide color (DCI-P3 gamut) support and Apple's True Tone technology for keeping the white balance of the display the same in appearance to the user, regardless of the ambient light around the screen. Just like the Air, it comes with 8/7-megapixel cameras, and is available as Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular, with either 64GB or 256GB of storage memory. The new iPad mini models will still start at $399, while the 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at $499. Apple says this has half a million more pixels.

Similar to the new iPad Air, it gets an 8MP f/2.4 main camera that shoots 1080p videos and it comes with a 7MP selfie camera that supports FaceTime in HD.

Apple has finally announced a replacement for the four-year-old iPad mini as well as a new 10.5-inch version of the standard iPad. For customers with a 12.9" iPad Pro, there's also a new color option available for the device's Smart Folio: "Pink Sand.

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