Apple revives the iPad Mini and iPad Air with new models


Apple has quietly launched a duo of new tablets - a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and a long-awaited replacement for its four-year-old iPad Mini.

2019 Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini released with Pencil support
iPad mini for 2019 has the power of the new iPad Air with a smaller 7.9" display

The iPad Mini is priced at Rs 34,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 45,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, while the 10.5-inch iPad Air is priced at Rs 44,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 55,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

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Both new models include Apple's A12 Bionic processor, which represents a major step up in performance for the prior iPad mini and a still significant jump for the iPad Air over the iPad Pro, which previously had an A10X Fusion chip. The new iPad Air features a 10.5-inch 2224×1668 display, up from the 9.7-inch screen found on the last iPad Air model. The new Smart Keyboard for iPad Air will be available for $159. A much more modern Apple A12 Bionic chip should pay dividends in performance, compared to the iPad's aging A10. Bezels and a Home button also make it clear that this is not an iPad Pro, just for anyone who may have been wondering.

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The iPad Air and iPad Mini are being offered in silver, space grey and gold with 64GB or 256GB built-in storage. Pricing for the 64GB model starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and goes up to $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version, while the 256GB variant starts at $549 for the Wi-Fi model and is $679 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. And then. nothing. Microsoft canned its Windows RT-based Surface Mini tablet around the same time and many wondered if Apple's shrunken iPad would suffer the same fate as its larger siblings continued to receive upgrades. Like its predecessor, the iPad mini is a 7.9-inch tablet. It is however, if you like that size of screen, a very capable tablet. For the first time, the mini line has also gained support for Apple Pencil. Both models can shoot video up to 1080p and have Lightning ports for charging - USB-C is left to the iPad Pro lineup.

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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. The new iPad Air starts at $499 (£479 in the UK) with Wi-Fi, or from $629 (£599) for the Wi-Fi & Cellular models. Notably, every iPad in Apple's lineup now supports the Apple Pencil. For customers with a 12.9" iPad Pro, there's also a new color option available for the device's Smart Folio: "Pink Sand.