Apple has silently released the 10.5-iPad Air and a refreshed iPad mini supporting the Apple Pencil stylus.
Apple’s new iPad Air has a 10.5-inch display and powered with the company’s latest A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine. The iPad Air will start from $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $629 for the Wi-Fi and cellular version.
The new iPad Air will fall between the larger iPad and the iPad Pro models. Apple is using the same Lightning connector and Touch ID system for the iPad Air in lieu of the USB-C port or Face ID like the iPad Pro models. The new iPad Air is also compatible with the Apple Smart Keyboard, which is available individually for $159.
Refreshed iPad mini
Apple has updated the iPad mini after three and a half years, the new iPad mini has the latest A12 Bionic chip and the support of Apple Pencil. The iPad mini has the new display which brings brighter, more colors, and includes Apple’s True Tone tech for automatically shifting the color temperature to match the tablet’s environment.
The design appears to be similar to the earlier iPad mini with thick bezels on the top and bottom of the screen. Rear Camera is the same but the front camera has been upgraded to 7-megapixels from 1.2 megapixels in the older device. The device still uses the fingerprint sensor for security.
The refreshed iPad mini comes in silver, grey, and a slightly pinkish gold. It can be upgraded to 256GB of storage for an extra $150, and it can be configured with LTE for another $130.