Apple today announced an all-new 10.5″ iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini. With the A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine, the iPad Air delivers a claimed 70% boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels when compared to the previous-generation iPad Airs. The new iPad Air also includes Apple Pencil support.
Apple today also introduced an upgraded 7.9-inch iPad mini. With the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini delivers a claimed three times the performance and nine times faster graphics. The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide color support is 25 percent brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad. The new mini also includes Apple Pencil support.
According to Apple, “The new iPad Air and iPad mini join the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad and the most advanced iPad Pro models, offering the best, most innovative iPad lineup ever. The complete lineup now includes Apple Pencil support, best-in-class performance, advanced displays and all-day battery life6 for an experience unmatched by any other device.”
The new iPads are available to order starting today and will be in stores next week. The 7.9″ iPad mini and 10.5″ iPad Air come in silver, space gray, and gold colors in 64GB and 256GB configurations. The new iPad mini starts at $399 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 10.5″ iPad Air starts at $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $629 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
We’ll have a full rundown of prices and availability for the new iPads from Apple and its resellers on our price trackers this week.