Apple quietly announces a new iPad Air and iPad Mini

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Apple surprised everyone today by quietly announcing two new iPads, the all-new iPad Air and the all-new iPad Mini. There are no drastic redesigns here but there are bumps in specifications, as expected, and the iPad Air will sport a new 10.5” display.

Apple does say that the iPad Mini is a “major upgrade” for the fans of the iPad Mini and that’s probably a true statement.

2019 iPad Air

iPad Mini
iPad Air 2019

As I mentioned above, the new iPad Air will house a 10.5” display which will offer Apple’s True Tone technology which automatically shifts the color temperature based on the ambient lighting in the room. The display will also have a resolution of 2224 x 1668 and the muscle under that display will be the A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine. Apple claims this will deliver a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability.

The starting price for the 2019 iPad Air is US$499 and will go up from there if you choose the WiFi or Cellular option. The color options are Gold, Silver, or Space Gray. Storage configurations are 64GB and 256GB.

2019 iPad Mini

iPad Mini
iPad Mini 2019

The iPad Mini will retain the same 7.9” Retina display and design aesthetic as the iPad Mini 4 but will gain some bumps in specifications. The same A12 Bionic Chip that is inside the new iPad Air will also be inside the iPad Mini. The display will gain True Tone capability with Wide Color support and run at a 2048 x 1536 resolution.

Internal storage also comes in at 64GB or 256GB and it will come in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. Starting price is US$399 and will go up from there depending on if you want the WiFi or Cellular variant.

Both new devices will support the first generation Apple Pencil. The new iPad Air will be getting a Smart Keyboard case as well, but no word on if the iPad Mini will be getting one.

What are your thoughts about the new iPads from Apple? Will you be upgrading your current iPad Air or Mini to the 2019 models? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, or Facebook. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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