Without so much noise, Apple has unveiled the new iPad Air and iPad mini. The announcement came as a surprise because it was perceived that the company was done with the lineup which they first released in 2015 with the name iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4.
The latest iPad Air (2019) and iPad mini (2019) is an update to the previous lineup as mentioned. This article will focus on the specifications, price, features and availability.
iPad mini (2019) Key Specifications
The new iPad mini comes with 7.9-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (326 ppi) with an aspect ratio of 4:3. It is powered by Apple A12 Bionic chip and the device measures 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm with weight of 300 grams / 308.2 grams.
The iPad mini has an internal storage capacity of 64GB / 256GB but right now the RAM is not specified. It packs a 8MP (f/2.4) primary camera and 7MP (f/2.2) front-facing camera for selfies and video communication.
iPad Air (2019) Key Specifications
The iPad Air has quite the same features as the mini model but with slight differences in other areas. The iPad Air sports a 10.5-inch IPS LCD display with resolution of 2224 x 1668 pixels (264 ppi) with an aspect ratio of 4:3. The device weighs 456 grams / 464 grams and measures 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm.
For now the size of RAM is not revealed but storage capacity is 64GB / 256GB. Talking of the camera, it packs 8MP (f/2.4) rear camera and 7MP (f/2.2) front-facing camera just like the iPad mini. It is powered by the same Apple A12 Bionic chip.
Both the iPad mini and iPad Air runs on iOS 12 and the display supports True Tone and wide color. They also support Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard in case users want to transform it to a mobile laptop. SIM size is Nano SIM + eSIM. Unfortunately, they both failed to have Face ID but ends up with Touch ID at least.
The iPad mini features a 19.1Wh battery while the The iPad Air is 30.2Wh. Connectivity options are the same in both devices. You get 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 with LE, GPS / GLONASS, Apple Lightning, 3.5mm audio jack and LTE.
The iPad mini and iPad Air comes in 64GB and 256GB model with Wi-Fi support and in another case Wi-Fi + Cellular support. The pricing will be based on the storage option and connectivity you choose.
iPad mini Price and Availability
- The iPad mini with 64GB storage (Wi-Fi model only) price starts at $399 (US) while the optional (Wi-Fi + Cellular model) is $529 (US).
- The iPad mini with 256GB storage (Wi-Fi model only) price starts at $549 (US) while the optional (Wi-Fi + Cellular model) is $679 (US).
iPad Air Price and Availability
- The iPad Air with 64GB storage (Wi-Fi model only) price starts at $499 (US) while the optional (Wi-Fi + Cellular model) is $629 (US).
- The iPad mini with 256GB storage (Wi-Fi model only) price starts at $649 (US) while the optional (Wi-Fi + Cellular model) is $779 (US).
News via: Apple