Apple launches 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini with Pencil support

Apple launches 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini with Pencil support

Apple iPad mini and iPad Air accessories For those unaware, the Apple Pencil (1st generation) is available for purchase separately for Rs 8,500. According to Apple, the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is almost 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels.

The machine which is the closest to iPad's original form factor, essentially steps into the gap left by the deletion of the 10.5 inch iPad Pro.

Both the devices feature the same Wi-Fi and Gigabit-class LTE connectivity specifications that is seen on the iPad Pro models.

Say hello to the new iPad Mini and iPad Air. However, the revived iPad Air is an entirely different beast, sitting halfway between the old one and the more aspirational iPad Pro models.

That said, the new iPad Air is actually a lot closer in design and specs to the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro than it is to the rest of the iPad family, somewhat justifying Apple's decision to place it in an separate family. A rumour last week suggested that a 10.5-inch iPad was in the works, but had pegged it as a separate device from the more minor seventh-generation iPad that was otherwise expected. But it also got the A12 chip and Pencil support.

Similar updates were made to produce the new 7.9-inch iPad mini.

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Despite having an event booked in for next week, Apple dropped some hardware news last night.

The iPad mini didn't change in size; it's still a 7.9-inch tablet with a Touch ID beneath the display. The iPad Air comes with a 30.2 wHr lithium-polymer battery, while the Mini has a 19.1 wHr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. The device also includes the same 8MP rear camera and 7MP FaceTime HD camera found in the iPad Air, and its display supports True Tone and P3 wide color.

Both tablets also feature Retina displays with True Tone technology, and they both support the Apple pencil stylus if that's something you want in an iOS tablet.

Starting next week, they will also be available in China (Wi-Fi models only), Macau (Wi-Fi models only) and Mexico, Colombia, Greece, India, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand (Wi-Fi models only) and Turkey. The 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $629 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version. The expectation had been that, as new pen-enabled iPads arrived, Apple would shift to the newer Pencil, but that hasn't happened. The new iPad mini and iPad Air come in 64GB and 256GB storage variants.

Three finishes are available for both the new Air and the mini: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Apple's iPad comparison site doesn't really help, particularly when differentiating the iPad and iPad Air.