Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple refreshes iPad lineup, with larger entry-level model

Apple refreshes iPad lineup, with larger entry-level model

And with Apple Pencil support, the new iPad mini is the flawless take-anywhere notepad for sketching and jotting down thoughts on the go. But if you were holding your breath for AirPower, you would be dead by now - there's no sign of Apple's wireless mat yet.

The 2019 iPad Air looks pretty similar to 2017's iPad Pro, with a 10.5-inch display, Touch ID, and support for both the original Apple Pencil and a snap-on Smart Keyboard cover. The company has launched two new iPads - the 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini.

The revived iPad Air is 10.5-inches and comes with 10 hours of battery life, 64GB and 256GB storage options, Retina display and Apple's A12 Bionic chip.

The new iPad mini and iPad Air come in silver, space grey and gold finishes in 64GB and 256GB configurations. Like the iPad Air, the mini only supports the first-generation Pencil, not the second, but thanks to its extreme portability, the new mini combined with the Pencil can be a powerful pairing as a digital notebook. What was left up in the air (no pun intended) is the RAM count, listed at 3GB by this exceptionally trustworthy (and popular) benchmarking database.

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The iPad Mini also got a bit of long-overdue love, too. Apple's most compact iPad is now available for pre-order, and already selling like hotcakes before its release in stores next week.

Now the upgrade that many have been waiting for is here with these updated devices arriving packed with new features and extra power.

Other key features on the iPad Mini is incorporating the same Wi-Fi performance and Gigabit-class LTE that is built into the latest iPad Pro models, while also retaining the headphone jack. But the big-ticket change is support for the Apple Pencil. Drag and Drop makes moving images, text and files between apps easier than ever, and managing documents in the Files app is seamless and easy on iPad and across Apple devices. The new iPads are available to order starting today and in stores next week.

The iPad Air had been missing from Apple's lineup since 2014, when the iPad Air 2 was released. For customers with a 12.9" iPad Pro, there's also a new color option available for the device's Smart Folio: "Pink Sand. However, the revived iPad Air is an entirely different beast, sitting halfway between the old one and the more aspirational iPad Pro models.

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