Apple Updates The iPad Air And iPad Mini

All-new iPad Air and iPad mini deliver dramatic power and capability

Last Saturday, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman posted on Twitter a message suggesting that Apple could have new iPad and iMac announcements in store for the week ahead. In the years in-between Apple has been more focused on its traditional iPad and extra powerful iPad Pro, trying to position the tablets as true iOS-powered laptop replacements especially for the educational market.

First up is the larger of the two new iPads. The new processor is nearly three times as fast in Geekbench as the A8 found in that device. While the iPad Mini appears very similar to the current model, it now runs on an A12 bionic chip, which the company claims will mean three times better performance, as well as nine times better graphics.

Sometimes the fates take away the ones you love, and sometimes - like today, and the new iPad mini 5th generation - you get a second chance.

Both new tablets have 8-megapixel rear cameras and 7-megapixel front-facing cameras, and support Apple's augmented reality platform. The display has gained wider color (DCI-P3 gamut) support and now features Apple's True Tone technology for keeping the white balance of the display the same in appearance to the user, regardless of the ambient light around the screen. The 64GB model costs $499 for the Wi-Fi only model or $629 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version, while the 256GB iPad Air starts at $649 for the Wi-Fi version or $779 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Fashionistas who don't mind the non-upgradable storage can select Silver, Space Grey or Gold finishes. The iPad Air's screen has been increased from 9.7in to 10.5in on the diagonal, making it larger than the standard, cheaper iPad launched in March 2018.

The iPad mini's name isn't any less confusing.

Both the devices feature the same Wi-Fi and Gigabit-class LTE connectivity specifications that is seen on the iPad Pro models. Also, the polyurethane Smart Covers will be available at Rs 3500 for iPad mini and Rs 3700 for iPad Air. Pricing starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version.

Commuter favourite the iPad mini finally gets its long-awaited spec upgrade and will also sport the A12 processor and be pencil compatible, the first major enhancement since 2015.

Even though Apple has discontinued the iPad mini 4 and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, its iPad lineup has become extremely confusing with the addition of the new 10.5-inch iPad Air.

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