Surprise! Apple Drops Upgraded iPad Air and iPad mini for 2019

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With only a week to go until its Special Event in Cupertino, Apple surprised us with an unexpected unveiling of two new iPads: a 10.5-inch iPad Air and a 7.9-inch iPad mini. The new devices round out Apple’s prestigious 2018 iPad lineup, cementing the notion that there really is an iPad for every type of user.

Starting with the iPad Air: Measuring 10.5", the Air’s retina display is dramatically larger than its predecessor. It’s also much more vivid, thanks to built-in True Tone technology and wide color support. The bolstered display now supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, so users will be able to draw, take notes, edit photos, and more, directly on the device. Not just the screen has been upgraded, either. The new iPad Air comes with the A12 Bionic chip and Apple’s Neural Engine, so you get an overall performance boost of 70 percent and double the graphics capability. If you’re worried that the extra screen and power might infringe the Air’s trademarked ultra-thinness, don’t be. At 6.1mm “thick” and weighing just a pound, it’s as portable as ever.     

Apple iPad Air
Apple iPad Air

The other big announcement is a major win for fans of the iPad mini, who haven’t seen a new model in nearly four years. Like the Air, the new mini features an A12 Bionic chip, a Retina display with True Tone and wide color, and it supports the first-generation Apple Pencil. The Air retains its signature 7.9-inch footprint, so it’s just as portable and pocket friendly as fans remember.

Apple iPad mini
Apple iPad mini

Both devices are available in silver, space gray, and gold, with 64GB and 256GB storage options. Additionally, users can use choose from Wi-Fi only models and Wi-Fi with cellular data capability. You can order each at B&H Photo.

Now that the Air and mini have joined Apple’s 2018 iPad lineup, which device will you choose? Jump-start the conversation in the Comments section.

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