Apple Announces New 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini 5: price, specifications, features

Tech giant Apple on Monday, introduced new devices in its tablet lineup. Just about one week before Apple’s March 25 event which probably would lift curtains to Apple’s new video streaming service, it announced two new iPads. 

So, there is a new member to the iPad Mini series along with an upgraded iPad Air. The new iPad Mini and Air come in silver, space grey and gold colors in 64GB and 256GB variants. Both the new iPad boasts of Apple Pencil Support. “iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device, from playing games in augmented reality to note-taking and drawing with Apple Pencil, from streaming HD movies and editing 4K films to learning to develop apps with Swift Playgrounds,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

First, talking about the iPad Air, it features a fully laminated 10.5-inch True Tone display with 2224×1668 resolution. The company has now discontinued the older 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017. The iPad mini on the other hand sports a 7.9-inch Retina display with True Tone support in the 25 per cent brighter panel, which has the highest pixel density of any iPad. It doesn’t have Face ID or USB-C ports which were found on other major recent Apple tablets.

Both have a lot of common features including Apple’s A12 Bionic processor. The A12 chip gives it a huge step up in performance. Apple says that with the new A12 Bionic chip, the iPad mini now delivers three times the performance and nine times faster graphics. On the other hand, the new iPad Air offers a 70 per cent performance boost over the previous iPad and 2x improvement in graphics performance.

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Unlike the iPad Pro, both these new iPads have Touch ID, and no Face ID.  Both iPads have a similar 8MP rear camera and a 7MP front camera. Both have dual speakers keeping Apple’s signature True Tone screens as well. Both are rated for up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music and up to 9 hours of web surfing using cellular data. Both iPads will support Apple Pencil increasing content creating capabilities.

The new models retain the 3.5mm headphone jack and Lightning port that Apple excluded from last year’s iPad Pros.

Complete iPad lineup.

The iPad mini starts at Rs 34,900 for the 64 GB model, and the Air starts at Rs 44,900 and can be bumped to a much higher price if you opt for Cellular variants or variants with higher storage models. The complete iPad lineup is now iPad mini (7.9-inch), iPad (9.7-inch), iPad Air (10.5-inch), iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch. However, the iPad Pro 10.5-inch and iPad mini 4 are no longer being sold.

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