Apple Adds A12 Processor to New iPad Air and Mini

19 March, 2019, 08:58 | Author: Sharon Yates
  • All-new iPad Air and iPad mini deliver dramatic power and capability

While the new iPads weren't expected to be getting stage time at next week's event, which will be nearly certainly be focused on introducing Apple's new video streaming and news/magazine services, the release of the new devices a week ahead of the event was a surprise. It has the A12 Bionic chip under its hood, while the iPad mini 4 has the A8 processor so there should be significant improvements in speed between the two mini models.

I've been using the latest 11-inch iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil 2 since its release and it's a great device but too large for my needs. The new iPad mini also has an advanced Retina display with True Tone now, and it will support the Apple Pencil as well.

Available in silver, space, gray, and gold, the new iPad mini starts at $399 for a 64GB version. The updated iPad Pro models launched several months ago brought new designs and numerous features from the company's new iPhones.

T-Mobile hasn't announced whether or not it'll sell these new iPad models.

All-new iPad Air and iPad mini deliver dramatic power and capability
Apple finally updates the iPad Mini and iPad Air after 3.5 years

New iPad Mini, while retaining the 7.9-inches display, has been refreshed with A12 Bionic chip which is found in iPhone XS and XR.

Truth be told, the company's lineup now does make a bit more sense as it now goes like this, from smaller to bigger: iPad mini, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro. The version for the 10.5-inch iPad Air is $49, while the one for the 7.9-inch iPad mini is $39. The cost of AppleCare+ for both new tablets is $69 (more on this below), and this will include coverage for the first generation Apple Pencil regardless of whether you purchased the accessory with the tablet or not. And this model can use a Smart Keyboard designed for an earlier Apple tablet.

The new iPad mini is available with 64GB or 256GB of storage and Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi + Cellular variants. This update will deliver enhanced Apple Pencil integration, including new animation options in Keynote, as well as an overhauled interface that allows easy implementation of build effects such as move, rotate, and scale.

A left-to-right size comparison of the iPad Air, iPad, and iPad mini. Both models are available for order on Monday and will ship next week. T-Mo has sold several iPads in the past and now offers five iPads, including the previous generation iPad mini, so it's entirely possible that Apple's new iPad Air and iPad mini will be sold by T-Mobile as well.

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