Apple Just Casually Announced Two New iPads

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This time, the Mini will have the same chip as the Air, along with support for the Apple Pencil stylus.

Yesterday Apple announced a special event for March 25 (26 here in Australia) with the tagline "It's Show Time".

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.

Both new models are available to pre-order from Apple today and will begin arriving from next week.

The iPad unit has not been its usual superstar self of late - the popularity of Apple's fondleslabs has declined as unit sales dropped a year ago, although revenues perked up a little in 2019. With the smaller size of the iPad mini, we can't say we're too disappointed by the lack of a Smart Keyboard connector, especially since it's only ever been used by a handful of accessories.

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.

The new iPad Air starts at $779 for the 64GB Wi-Fi option and $979 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular. Not because you might not want to buy the iPads, but because you might want to pick up a Logitech Crayon instead of an Apple Pencil. However, four years following the iPad mini 4, Apple has finally released its successor.

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Apple's iPad strategy in recent years had been splitting the category into two lines: lower-end models geared toward education and high-end models for business users.

This news comes after Apple introduced a couple of iPads this morning.

Overall, the new iPad mini doesn't have any noticeable design differences from the current model.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Air was a big surprise on a few fronts.

Struggling to deliver growth in the smartphone market Apple has turned their attention to their iPads, with the introduction of a new mid-tier iPad with a larger screen.

Along with an A12 Bionic chip, the tablet sports True Tone technology that will automatically change the color of the screen depending on the lightning. In termas of weight it comes in at 456g for the the Wi-Fi model and 464 grams for the Wi-Fi + Cellular.

Confusingly, the Apple Pencil support in these two is for the first-generation Pencil, not the new version that works with the new iPad Pros.

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