Apple today announced the new iPad Air with a 10.5-inch display and the iPad mini 5 with first-gen Apple Pencil support.
The new iPad Air features a 10.5-inch Retina Display and retains the same thin design as its predecessor. The display is 20 percent larger than the previous iPad and features a higher resolution display as well.
As for the 7.9-inch iPad mini 5, it features a new higher resolution Retina Display panel with True Tone support. It is also 25 percent brighter. The display on both new iPads is laminated which should ensure improved sunlight eligibility compared to previous versions.
2011: iPad 2
2012: iPad with Retina Display + The new iPad + iPad mini
2013: iPad Air + iPad mini 2
2014: iPad Air 2 + iPad mini 3
2015: iPad Pro 12.9 inch + iPad mini 4
2016: iPad Pro 9.7 inch
2017: iPad (5th Gen) + iPad Pro 10.5 inch + iPad Pro 12.9 inch (2nd Gen)
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Both new iPads feature first generation Apple Pencil support. Other specs of the new tablets include up to 256GB storage, Touch ID, 8MP rear camera, 7MP front camera, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The bigger 10.5-inch iPad Air also has Smart Keyboard support.
Both new iPads feature an A12 Bionic chip that offers immense power. The new iPad Air offers a 70 percent performance boost over the previous iPad and 2x improvement in graphics performance.
The iPad mini 5 offers 3x more processing power and a staggering 9x times more powerful GPU.
The new iPad mini starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi variant, with the LTE version priced at $529. The new iPad Air starts from $499 and $629 for the Wi-Fi and LTE version, respectively. The new tablets go up for pre-order today and will hit the retail stores next week. Both tablets support Gigabit LTE. The new iPads will be available in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold colors.