Apple Announces Two New iPads Ahead of Its Special Event

Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini
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On 25 March, Apple will be holding a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. Out of surprise, Apple silently dropped two new iPads on their website, including the long-waited update of the iPad Mini.

There is now a 3rd Generation iPad Air, which replaces the original 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Apple is bringing back the “iPad Air” name, because of its 6.1 mm thickness and 456 grams weight. It features a 10.5-inch Retina display with support for DCI-P3 wide color gamut and True Tone. However, the 120 Hz ProMotion support appears to remain a Pro lineup’s exclusive.

For the new iPad Mini (5th Generation), it still sports a 7.9-inch Retina display, supporting the DCI-P3 color gamut and True Tone. The chassis is 6.1 mm thick and weighs in at 300.5 grams.

Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini
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Both iPads are equipped with the A12 Bionic SoC from Apple, which is the same processor for the iPhone XR and XS. It has a built-in Neural Engine, that enables real-time on-device machine learning for compatible applications. Apple Pencil can also be used on the new iPads, but only limited to the 1st generation Pencil. Instead of switching to USB Type-C, the iPads stay on using Apple’s propitiatory Lightning connector.

The new iPad Air and iPad Mini are available now on Apple Online Store, and next week in physical stores. The iPad Air with Wi-Fi and 64 GB of internal Storage starts at $499 USD (MSRP), while the iPad Mini starts at $399 USD (MSRP).

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