silently launched two new iPad models – the Apple iPad Air (third generation) and the Apple iPad Mini (fifth generation). Both iPads have 10.5 inch and
7.9 inch display respectively. Let me introduce you to their main features,
full specification, as well as price and availability.
Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini Main Features
The recently announced Apple iPad Air comes with a brand new 10.5-inch Retina display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The display has a resolution of 2224 x 1668 pixels with a density of 264ppi. The iPad Air display is laminated to the glass, similar to that of the iPad Air 2 and Pro models, but it is different from the regular 6th generation iPad. The display also has other features like True Tone technology and DCI-P3 wide color support.
The smallest Apple iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch display with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. At 326ppi, this is the highest density of any iPad model. The iPad Mini display is also laminated and supports True Tone technology and wide color.
Apart from the size of the display, the two new iPad models are nearly identical. Both run on the Apple A12 Bionic chip with Neutral Engine and embedded M12 coprocessor. And they also come in the same 64GB and 256GB internal storage capacities, with optional cellular support. Both also support the first-generation Apple Pencil.
The Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini also have identical cameras, with an 8MP f/2.4 shooter on the back that seems to have been plucked out of the 6th generation iPad and can also do 1080p video. On the front of both iPad, you will find a 7MP camera with 1080 p video just like the new iPad Pro models. However, the Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini do not come with Face ID, so both got the older Touch ID technology.
Connectivity is identical on the two new slates. You get dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit-class LTE, and GPS. Both support the new eSIM feature along with a nano SIM.
Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini
Prices and Countries They are Available Now
The Apple iPad Air price starts at $499 in the United States of America, £479 in the United Kingdom, and €549 in Europe. The Apple iPad Mini Price starts at $399 in the United States, €499 in Europe, and £399 in the United Kingdom. Both devices will be available in three colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold starting today.
The countries you can buy the new iPad at the moment are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, UK, and US. Starting next week, they will also go on sale in China (Wi-Fi models only), Macau (Wi-Fi models only), and Mexico. Other regions including Colombia, Greece, India, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand (Wi-Fi models only) and Turkey will be getting it later.
Apple is also launching new accessories for both models, including a Polyurethane Smart Cover ($49 Air, $39 mini) in charcoal gray, white, and pink sand and new papaya and Leather Smart Cover ($69 Air) in black, saddle brown, midnight blue, and red. The new Smart Keyboard for iPad Air will be available for $159. As before, the 1st generation Apple Pencil will be available for $99. The availability of models and colors depends upon the region.
The iPad range now includes the two new iPad Pro models from 2018, the 6th generation iPad, the new iPad Air, and the new iPad mini, with all older models being discontinued.