10.5-inch iPad Pro killed off by new iPad Air

Apple updates $499 iPad Air $399 iPad mini ahead of services event next week

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Though prospective buyers will need to consider total price after calculating the cost of the Smart Keyboard ($159) and Apple Pencil ($99), if those accessories are desired.

The new iPad Air is essentially a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with improved internals.

Funnily enough, neither the Air or the Mini are slimmest of the iPad family - the iPad Pro coming in at 0.23-inches to the their 0.24-inches.

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

Apple Inc debuted a new mid-tier iPad with a larger screen and introduced the first iPad mini update since 2015.

The new iPad Air, with its bigger screen, feels like a more grown-up tablet while still being affordable.

The display on the iPad mini is a 7.9-inch 2048×1536 panel, which is the same as the previous model, but Apple says the screen on its new iPad mini is 25 percent brighter than the old model.

Today, Apple announced updated tablets in the iPad Air and iPad mini lines. Chief culprit there is the Apple Pencil.

Apple has released new versions of its iPad range, revealing skinnier and faster models as the company looks to bolster the utility of the highly portable mid-sized device that isn't quite a computer or a phone.

The tablets can be preordered online beginning today, and they will hit Apple Stores in several markets including the United States next week.

The hugely popular iPad Mini has also been given a reboot.

The new iPad mini surprisingly bears very similar specs to the iPad Air.

Sadly, Apple opted not to fit the internal gubbins necessary to support the second generation's friendlier features, such as wireless charging. The battery is rated to last up to 10 hours of use on Wi-Fi or up to nine hours on cellular. It's available in three color options: space gray, silver, and gold. It will remain available to purchase from third-party retailers until all stock is sold, which could take some time.

The iPad Mini starts at $599 for the 64GB Wi-Fi option and $799 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular.

If you want to avoid slow web pages, you can use your iPhone or current iPad to order via the Apple Store app.

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.

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