Apple Refreshes iPad Mini and Launches 10.5″ iPad Air

A Quiet Launch for Apple

Tech giant Apple has rolled out two new additions to their iPad lineup. Unusually, they have also done so without much hype or pre-announcements before hand. Taking cues from Beyonce with her last album release.

The new iPads bring about significant improvements over previous units. The first is a 10.5″ iPad Air which boasts a 70% performance boost in comparison to its predecessor. This is due to its A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, complementing the 20% larger screen. Furthermore, this display is now also compatible with first-gen Apple Pencils.

The second product release is a 7.9″ iPad Mini refresh. Internally, it shares the same specs as the iPad Air and also supports Apple Pencil. Additionally, it also has a 25% brighter screen than previous iPad Minis. This also makes it the smallest iPad to do so. CEO Tim Cook seems to be proud of this change and has even tweeted a photo in promotion on his own account.

Both tablets have a laminated display, which brings the surface glass and screen closer for improved visibility. Improving upon the design of entry-level iPads. Both do not come with FaceID. However, they both have Home buttons.

How Much are these New iPad Products?

The iPad Mini starts at £399, although there is a WiFi+Cellular model for £519. The larger 10.5” iPad Air costs £479, with the WiFi+Cellular model available for £599. Both are available in either Silver, Space Gray, and Gold Colour options with either 64GB or 256GB storage.

For more information, read the official press release from Apple Newsroom.

Ron Perillo

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