Apple has quietly announced two new tablets today, namely, the 10.5-inch iPad Air and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. These lightweight and thin tablets from Apple are equipped with a Retina display driven by True Tone technology. They are fueled by the Apple A12 chipset that powers the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models from last year.
10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini Specifications and Features
The newly announced iPad Air features a 10.5-inch LCD Retina Display with support for the DCI-P3 color gamut. The new iPad Air slots itself between the existing iPad and iPad Pro models. The left and right bezels of the tablet feature thin bezels and it sports a slim waistline of 6.1mm. The exact size of the device’s battery has not been disclosed yet. However, the Cupertino company has confirmed that it offers up to 10 hours of battery life.
The 10.5-inch iPad Air comes with a Retina flash enabled 7-megapixel front camera and f/2.4 aperture 8-megapixel rear facing camera. The same set of cameras are also available on the iPad Mini that comes equipped with a 7.9-inch LCD Retina Display which supports the DCI-P3 color gamut. The 5th generation iPad Mini that has gone official today is the successor to the iPad Mini tablet from 2015.
The 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini carry support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. These devices are also equipped with advanced front and rear cameras for capturing clearer shots and 1080p HD videos. The new cameras promise improved low-light performance and advanced sensors for AR experiences. Also, these devices are equipped with other features such as Touch ID sensors and Lightning connectors.
10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini Price and Release Date
The 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini will be available for purchase starting next week in India in colour options such as Silver, Space Grey and Gold. Apple is expected to confirm on the exact release dates for these devices in the coming days.
The Wi-Fi only edition of the iPad Air carries has a starting price of Rs 44,900 whereas its Wi-Fi + Cellular model begins at Rs 55,900. The Wi-Fi only version of the iPad Mini comes at a starting price of Rs 34,900 and its Wi-Fi + LTE variant will be start at Rs 45,900. Both the tablets can be bought through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers. These devices will be available in 64GB and 256GB storage versions.
The 1st generation Apple Pencil is available separately with a price tag of Rs 8,500. The polyurethane Smart Cover for the iPad Air can be bought for Rs 3,700, whereas the Smart Cover for the iPad Mini is priced at Rs 3,500. The Smart Covers for these devices can be purchased in colors like Charcoal Grey, White, Pink Sand and Papaya. Apple is also selling Leather Smart Covers in Black, Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and Red colors for the iPad Air.