Apple has launched a 10.5-inch iPad Air - Tablets

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The new iPad models come with Apple’s latest A12 Bionic chip and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboar

Besides its refreshed iPad Air, the second tablet that Apple launched is a new and refreshed iPad mini.

Both new iPads are on sale today, starting at $499 for the iPad Air and $399 for the iPad Mini.

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.

The new iPad Air is based upon a 10.5-inch screen, up from the Air 2's 9.7 inch display.

Apple iPad mini and iPad Air accessories For those unaware, the Apple Pencil (1st generation) is available for purchase separately for Rs 8,500. Some reports also suggest that Apple may introduce new updates to its iPad and iMac line-up.

The new iPad Air is available with 64GB or 256GB of built-in storage.

Pricing for the iPad mini starts at US$399 (~RM1625) for the Wi-Fi model, and US$529 (~RM2155) for the model with Wi-Fi and mobile SIM card support.

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The new iPad duo is available online right now in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, UK and US.

The iPad Mini maintains its 7.9in screen and relatively compact design, which have proved popular with commuters.

Apple is bringing back the iPad Air to further expand the iPad line-up. The iPad Mini screen has a 7.9-inch diagonal, and offers 2048-by-1536 resolution for 326ppi. This tablet replaces the iPad Mini 4, which has been on sale continuously since 2015, and is now showing its age. Both also use the first-generation Apple Pencil and not the updated 2018 model. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously predicted that, too, will finally be ready for a release early this year.

The iPad mini now supports the Apple Pencil for the first time ever, making it the smallest device to be Pencil-compatible.

With the question of whether you go for the basic iPad from past year or the new iPad Air, you're also getting a lot more screen and (possibly, as we've not had this confirmed) the powerful four speakers that bring an extra dimension to multimedia playback.

The camera optics follow the same path as the iPad Mini and, like its stablemate, there is no FaceID for the iPad Air, just TouchID.

The move means that pretty much every iPad now has a stylus option - an event that, thankfully, Saint Jobs is not alive to see. The new iPad Air lacks the 512GB option, but that was always an expensive, but useful, option for those wanting to use the Pro 10.5 in a professional capacity.

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