Apple decided to make a surprise announcement today, revealing two new iPad tablets. One is a new iPad mini, with a faster processor and, more importantly, support for using the Apple Pencil stylus for the first time. There’s also a new Apple iPad Air tablet to check out as well. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPad mini and the new iPad Air.
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Apple iPad mini for 2019 – Faster and with Apple Pencil support
The 7.9-inch iPad mini has received its first hardware refresh since 2015, when the iPad mini 4 was released. On the outside, the iPad mini doesn’t look very different; it still has the home button and large bezels that were a staple of the iPad series until the recent refresh of the larger iPad Pro models. However, the new iPad mini does have Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor inside that are included in the company’s most recent iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr smartphones. That means the smaller iPad can handle pretty much any iOS app or game thrown at it.
More importantly for some people, the 2019 iPad mini also supports the Apple Pencil for the first time in the history of the iPad mini series. It will allow owners to write notes on the screen, make editing changes to photos and draw artwork and graphics on the tablet. among other things. The bad news is that the support is for the original Apple Pencil model, which charges via the tablet’s Lightning port.
In addition, the new iPad mini also has a Retina display that is 25 percent brighter than the previous version. The screen also has a wider range of colors and supports Apple’s True Tone technology, which automatically changes the white balance depending on the outside environment. Finally, the front-facing camera on the iPad mini gets a boost from 1.2MP to 7MP, while the rear camera stays the same at 8MP.
The 2019 iPad mini comes in silver, space gray and gold colors. Pricing begins at $399 for the Wi-Fi only model and just 64GB of storage, or you can get one with 256GB of storage for $549. If you want one with both Wi-Fi and cellular support, it will cost $529 for the 64GB model and $679 for the 256GB version. The new model should be in stores sometime next week.
iPad Air – New tablet with an older brand name
Along with the new iPad mini, Apple decided to bring back its iPad Air branding with this new 10.5-inch tablet model. It replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro product that launched in 2017. It’s basically a bigger version of the 2019 iPad mini, with the same processor, the same storage options, the same camera hardware, the same colors and the same support for the original Apple Pencil. The only thing this new iPad Air tablet can do that the iPad mini cannot is that it can connect to the company’s optional Smart Keyboard accessory. This means the iPad Air can be used for more serious business or educations tasks.
The iPad Air is priced starting at $499 for the Wi-Fi only model and just 64GB of storage, or you can get one with 256GB of storage for $649. The iPad Air with both Wi-Fi and cellular support will cost $629 for the 64GB model and $779 for the 256GB version. Again, it should be available in stores sometime next week.