Prior to its main event this spring, Apple has issued a press release to quietly unveil the new iPad Mini and iPad Air.
The latter has been designed to step into the shoes of the discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro, boasting an ultra-thin design, a crisp Retina display, Apple Pencil support, and an upgraded A12 Bionic chip that can deliver a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphic capabilities – all at a much lower price of $499 (for the 64GB Wi-Fi model).
The new 7.9-inch iPad Mini, meanwhile, also features a Retina display and a A12 Bionic chip, making it 25% brighter and giving it 3x the performance and 9x faster graphics than its predecessor. The new Apple Pencil support also makes it “the perfect take-anywhere notepad for sketching and jotting down thoughts on the go,” says Apple, and the starting price of just $399 makes it the perfect entry iPad for light users.
“iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device, from playing games in augmented reality to note-taking and drawing with Apple Pencil, from streaming HD movies and editing 4K films to learning to develop apps with Swift Playgrounds,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Today the iPad family takes two big leaps forward with an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Air that brings high-end size, features and performance at a breakthrough price, and a major upgrade to the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which also brings Apple Pencil, Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip to the many customers that love its compact size.”
The iPad Mini and iPad Air are both available from Apple now.