Apple made waves by announcing the new 10.5 inch iPad Air and the new iPad mini 5 after months of leaks and rumors. The release of two new iPads was a surprise out there as both were initially set for debut at Apple’s March event. Sources say that Apple was rushing with the release of new iPads to boost its tablet sales out there. The new iPad Air sports a 10.5-inch Retina display, but retains the same design language as its predecessor. Apple confirms that the display is around 20 percent larger than the previous model and delivers a higher resolution and picture quality. In reality, there was no mention of a new iPad Air prior to its announcement as it was replaced by the 9.7 inch iPad (2018).
Under the hood, the iPad Air is powered by the 7nm A12 Bionic chip which is found inside the current iPhone XS and XS Max. The adoption of the new chip allows for a huge performance boost when compared to their predecessors. Sources say that the new chip features 3GB of RAM, less than the one that powers the XS and XS Max. The iPad mini 5, on the other hand, is packed with a 7.9-inch Retina display with True Tone support. We heard a lot of rumors regarding the next generation iPad mini, hinting at the impressive features coming into the new tablet. In reality, the iPad mini has not received a big update for years.
Both new iPads support the first generation Apple Pencil, allowing users to take notes and stretch their ideas on their iPads. Other specs include 8MP rear snapper, 256 GB of internal storage and 10 hours of battery life. The 10.5 inch iPad model also includes support for Smart Keyboard.
As for the pricing tiers, the new iPad mini costs $399 for the Wi-Fi model only, while the LTE version retails for $529. The 10.5 inch iPad Air is priced at $499 for the Wi-Fi, whereas the LTE model costs $629 in the US. Apple is expected to announce a new iPad Pro this year. The new Pro tablet is rumored to feature the A13X Bionic chip and launch to the public in November.
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