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Apple unveils new iPad, updates Mini ahead of video streaming launch

Apple unveils new iPad, updates Mini ahead of video streaming launch

A much more modern Apple A12 Bionic chip should pay dividends in performance, compared to the iPad's aging A10. The iPad range may be looking straightforward now, with a clean arc from affordable models at one end and the all-singing, all-dancing iPad Pro at the other, but that doesn't mean there's no room for confusion left.

The iPad Air has a 10.5-inches display and features a thinner design.

The Mini starts at $399 and packs a 7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 screen, and up to 256 GB of storage.

Both iPads lack support for Smart Keyboard.

Both new models have updated processors and displays and are compatible with the Apple Pencil. The iPad Air comes with a 30.2 wHr lithium-polymer battery, while the Mini has a 19.1 wHr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.

Last year, Apple held a launch event to promote the previous entry-level iPad and its education efforts at a Chicago-area high school. It doesn't have a comparable rear camera, though - that looks like the same 8-megapixel camera as the current iPad. For instance, the iPad Air has a home button with a fingerprint sensor, while the latest Pro ditches that to make more room for the screen.

The company boasts that the upgrade delivers "three times the performance and nine times faster graphics".

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This 7.9-inch tablet gets that stunning True Tone Retina display in an ultra-portable design. All tablets come in silver, space gray, and gold color schemes, in 64GB and 256GB configurations.

Predictably, the iPad Air is more expensive than the standard iPad, at £479/$499 for the wi-fi model and £599/$629 for the version with cellular data.

The new iPads are available to order starting today and will be in stores next week.

Drag and Drop makes moving images, text and files between apps easier than ever, and managing documents in the Files app is seamless and easy on iPad and across Apple devices.

Alongside these new devices, Apple has released a Smart Cover and Leather Smart Cover for the iPad Air, and a Smart Cover for the iPad mini.

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). You'll be able to use new animation options in Keynote, while there's also a new user interface, too.

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