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Apple launches new 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini

Apple launches new 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini

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

So with the iPad Air, you're now getting nearly everything the impressive iPad Pro 10.5 offered for a lot less - and if you need the raw power as well as a top-end screen then the higher-end iPad Pro range still exists for you to sample. There's the same A12 Bionic chip as in the new iPad Air, for instance, and the same maximum 256 GB of storage.

The new iPad Air comes equipped with Apple's latest A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, which offers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability over the previous silicon.

That said, the new iPad Air is actually a lot closer in design and specs to the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro than it is to the rest of the iPad family, somewhat justifying Apple's decision to place it in an separate family. The company has launched two new iPads - the 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini.

It also means Apple's proprietary Lightning port gets some more life as it will be used to charge the Apple Pencil.

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The iPad range now includes the two new iPad Pro models from 2018, the 6th generation iPad, the new iPad Air and the new iPad mini, with all older models being discontinued.

The iPad unit has not been its usual superstar self of late - the popularity of Apple's fondleslabs has declined as unit sales dropped a year ago, although revenues perked up a little in 2019.

The cameras are also identical on both, with an 8MP f/2.4 shooter on the back that seems to have been plucked out of the 6th generation iPad and can also do 1080p video. With True Tone enabled, your iPad will adjust its screen's color and intensity to match the ambient light, which Apple says will help to make images on the display look more natural. Pricing starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version.

The iPad mini now supports the Apple Pencil for the first time ever, making it the smallest device to be Pencil-compatible. The battery is rated to last up to 10 hours of use on Wi-Fi or up to nine hours on cellular. Apple's iPad comparison site doesn't really help, particularly when differentiating the iPad and iPad Air. Both models are available for order on Monday and will ship next week. Both the devices will be available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold colour options along with separate Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity options.

The new iPads will kick off a planned year of several major new hardware launches for the Cupertino, California-based technology giant.


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