Priced from $499, the new iPad Air (pictured above with a $159 Smart Keyboard accessory) "delivers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability" compared to the 9.7-inch iPad, Apple said. Both feature upgraded, brighter retina displays with True Tone and also have Apple Pencil support (the older type of Apple pencil rather than the magnetic, iPad Pro-type). "The outside may not have changed much - there's still the same 7.9" display, the same-sized bezels, and the same home button with Touch ID - but Apple has made significant internal upgrades that breathe new life into the device.
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The iPad range now includes the two new iPad Pro models from 2018, the 6th generation iPad, the new iPad Air and the new iPad mini, with all older models being discontinued. Pricing for the 64GB model starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi model and goes up to $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version, while the 256GB variant starts at $549 for the Wi-Fi model and is $679 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
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. Additionally, Apple has updated its iPad Mini line.
Crucially, it's been given a huge price drop as well - meaning Apple has essentially just slashed the price of one of its Pro models and found a way to make it a "headline" iPad sale for the next couple of years at least.
The iPad Air's screen size jumps up to 10.5 inches with this update. This is especially notable for the iPad mini, as the previous gen model was missing support for LTE Bands 12, 66, and 71.
The Mini first appeared in 2012, gaining a Retina display with 2013's Mini 2 and finally 2GB RAM and an A8 processor in 2015.
The new iPad mini surprisingly bears very similar specs to the iPad Air. Notably, every iPad in Apple's lineup now supports the Apple Pencil.
The iPad Air had been missing from Apple's lineup since 2014, when the iPad Air 2 was released. 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.