Last Monday, Apple temporarily suspended its Apple Store platform with the message “Be Right Back”. The message was a hint at a possible release of new Apple products. Currently, the Store is back online, and the company has quietly released a new iPad Air and iPad Mini.
Apple has released the two products just a week before its big event, where the company is expected to launch its original content service.
What’s new in the two new iPads?
iPad Mini With Apple Pencil Support
The new iPad Mini retains the 7.9-inches display. It comes with the A12 Bionic chip, the same chip that powers the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. According to the company, the new iPad Mini now delivers “three times the performance and nine times faster graphics.”
With True Tone technology added to the Retina Display, the new iPad Mini has the highest pixel density of any iPad. It also has support for First Generation Apple Pencil.
The iPad Mini’s price starts at $400.00 (₵2200) for the Wi-Fi model. The Wi-Fi plus cellular model starts at $530 (about ₵2900).
The First Generation Apple Pencil is compatible with the new iPad Mini but it does not come with it. To use the Apple Pencil, you’d have to buy it for an additional $100 (which is about ₵550).
The new iPad Air
The other new product, the iPad Air also comes with a 10.5-inches display, plus a thinner appearance. For the new iPad Air, not much has been changed in the design. It still has the Touch ID home button, lightning port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Apple raised the spec by giving the new iPad Air the A12 Bionic chip too. It is, thus, touted to have a 70% performance boost. It also said to have two times the graphics capabilities of its predecessor.
The iPad Air’s has a 2224×1668 resolution, with a fully-laminated True Tone display.
The new iPad Air also has support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. Apple is selling the Smart Keyboard for an additional $160 (around ₵800).
The 64GB model of the new iPad Air is selling for $500 (₵2700) directly from Apple Store.
Apple just released these two iPads, the Ghanaian market would have to wait for a couple of weeks before they get here. Meanwhile, did you know that 2019 iPhones will have these features?