Apple today announced the update of its iPad series. There are a new iPad mini and a new iPad Air with a 10.5-inch screen. The iPad Air has a thinner design with a 10.5-inch display and the Apple A12 Bionic chip.
The iPad mini retains the same 7.9-inch screen but the same A12 hump. The Air and Mini models are compatible with the Apple Pencil of the first generation. The iPad mini starts at $ 399 for the 64 GB model and Air starts at $ 499. You can order them today on Apple.com.
In addition to the A12 performance enhancement, the iPad Air offers a fully laminated True Tone display with a resolution of 2224 × 1668. In many ways, this is a direct successor of the iPad Pro 10.5 inches that was abandoned. There are 64GB or 256GB storage options and is available in gold, silver and gray. However, it does not have a ProMotion 120 Hz refresh rate display or a set of four speakers like the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Apple also sells a smart keyboard designed for the new iPad Air. The Air is a mid-way house between the $ 329 iPad and $ 799 + iPad Pro Levels. It also has a Touch ID Home button, headphone jack and Lightning. However, the A12 offers a significant performance advantage (and is not really competitive with the A12X iPad Pro), and the Apple Pencil keyboard / smart keyboard in many cases allows the use of iPad productivity.
A bit like the title “Air”, the iPad Air 10.5 inch is much thinner and slightly lighter than the iPad at $ 329. It weighs 456 grams and is 6.1 mm thick, compared to the 469 grams and 7.5 mm of a beginner’s iPad.
The iPad Mini received a well-deserved technical boost compared to the iPad Mini 4 of the latest generation 2015. Support for Apple Pencil is also interesting, but it seems that these are the only significant changes. According to Apple, Apple’s update will be used in different ways with the Apple pen next week. This allows users to draw an arbitrary animation path for an object with their pencil.
The new iPad mini is also available in 64GB and 256GB configurations in Silver, Space Gray and Gold.