Apple has quietly rolled out two new iPads, days before its special event in Cupertino. The new 10.5-inch iPad Air comes with an advanced Retina display and other high-end features, while the updated 7.9-inch iPad mini will cater to consumers looking for a compact yet powerful new iPad.
The new 10.5-inch iPad Air boasts an ultra-thin design and runs on the powerful 7nm A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine. According to the company, the new iPad Air brings a very impressive 70 percent boost in CPU performance and twice the graphics performance compared to the previous generation. The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is also 20 percent larger compared to its predecessor and now offers Apple Pencil support.
The long-awaited 7.9-inch iPad mini refresh is nearly identical to the 10.5-inch iPad Air model, except for the display size. It has the same A12 Bionic chipset under the hood, allowing it to deliver three times the CPU performance and nine times faster graphics compared to its predecessor.
The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is claimed to be 25 percent brighter and has a higher pixel density than any other iPad. It comes with Apple Pencil support as well, which means you can jot down notes or start sketching on the go.
The new iPad Air and iPad mini come in three colors – Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Starting today, consumers in major markets across the world will be able to order the new iPads from apple.com as well as the Apple Store app. The new iPad mini starts at $399 in the US for the Wi-Fi only model, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts at $529. Apple’s new iPad Air starts at $499 for the Wi-Fi model, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model costs $629. The Cupertino-based firm is also selling the Smart Keyboard for the new iPad Air separately for $159.