Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

The 10.5-inch iPad Air and Fifth-Generation iPad mini

The 10.5-inch iPad Air and Fifth-Generation iPad mini

Reviving the "Air" brand is a bit odd for Apple, but the new tablet does try to justify it with a slimmer build compared with the other iPads. The starting prices for the United States market are US$399 for the iPad mini WiFi and US$499 for the iPad Air WiFi. The new iPad Air features a 10.5-inch 2224×1668 display, up from the 9.7-inch screen found on the last iPad Air model. The display is laminated to the glass, similar to that of the iPad Air 2 and Pro models but unlike the regular 6th generation iPad. Considering the cost of your new iPad, iPad mini or iPad Pro, it might not be such a bad idea to spend the money to protect your investment.

The new models still use a home button with fingerprint scanner rather than facial recognition like on the more expensive versions. A logical successor to the five-year-old iPad mini 4 would be the iPad mini 5, but Apple made a decision to drop the numbers and just call the new one "iPad mini". The cover for the Mini will be available for Rs 3,500 for iPad mini and Rs 3,700 for iPad Air in charcoal gray, white, pink sand and a new papaya, with additional Leather Smart Covers available for iPad Air in black, saddle brown, midnight blue and red. You'll also find a 8MP rear camera and a 7MP HD front-facing camera.

Apple iPad mini and iPad Air specsThe new iPad mini and iPad Air tablets are powered by A12 Bionic chips which claim better performance and machine learning capabilities. And support for Pencil is nice if you're into that sort of thing.

The new iPad Air's Retina display with True Tone technology is almost 20% larger has over over half a million more pixels than the model it supersedes. You can plug it into your iPad mini when you're not using it so that the Pencil can charge.

For the first time since the arrival of the sixth generation 2018 iPad, new iPads that have been released include support for the Logitech Crayon. The iPad Air comes with a 30.2 wHr lithium-polymer battery, while the Mini has a 19.1 wHr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.

Amazingly, despite the major internal upgrades it brings, the new iPad mini hits the same entry price point as its predecessor: it's available in a 64GB Wi-Fi model for $399, a 256GB model for $549, and cellular options are a $130 premium. Note that both the tablets support only the old Apple Pencil and not the new one.

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