Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Apple quietly refreshes iPad Air and iPad Mini with A12 Bionic processor

Apple quietly refreshes iPad Air and iPad Mini with A12 Bionic processor

Apple Pencil opens up new creativity and productivity possibilities for iPad mini and iPad Air users, from drawing and writing down thoughts to marking up documents and retouching photos. Apple's most compact iPad is now available for pre-order, and already selling like hotcakes before its release in stores next week. Interested in knowing how the iPad mini 5 differs from the iPad mini 4? Read our comparison to find out.

The new iPad Air arrives right in the middle of that range. But that refresh comes in the form of a higher price tag as well. You can even designate your new iPad for in-store pickup within the app.

The company debuted a new iPad Air with a 10.5-inch screen, bringing back a model that was phased out when Apple launched the iPad Pro a few years ago. It also features True Tone technology and DCI-P3 wide color support. Indeed the only real spec omission is the absence of Smart Keyboard support, though given the iPad mini's size that probably won't be something most typists will miss.

There's also the mighty A12 Bionic chip which Apple says will deliver three times the performance and nine times faster graphics.

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This is the same chip that's found inside the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Both run on the Apple A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine and embedded M12 coprocessor. The expectation had been that, as new pen-enabled iPads arrived, Apple would shift to the newer Pencil, but that hasn't happened.

The older iPad mini was available with up to 128GB storage space.

Apple has tinkered with its iPad line, resurrecting the Air and administering a bit of mouth-to-mouth to the Mini as the company battles tottering sales. The 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $629 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version. And of course, the support for a Smart Keyboard - unlike the iPad's Bluetooth keyboard support alone - gives those wanting to ditch their Windows or macOS laptop another option versus a Chromebook. The camera remains an 8MP model, although the FaceTime optics have been bumped to 7MP from the woeful original. 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. This isn't much of a price boost over the existing $329 entry-level iPad, but is still a significant discount compared to the iPad Pros which start at $799.

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