Now powered by the A12 Bionic chip.
Apple has just announced new versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini that now feature the company’s latest A12 Bionic chip that’s currently running the iPad Pros and the iPhones. The 9.7-inch budget friendly iPads now follow the 10.5-inch iPad Air and the 7.9-inch iPad mini now includes support for the first-generation Apple Pencil.
The new iPad Air’s display has also been upgraded to support True Tone that compliments the Retina Display. The iPad mini has gotten the best upgrade since it’s been years since the previous generation iPad mini was introduced. The display on the iPad mini is now 25 percent brighter and for the first time, now supports Apple Pencil.
The first generation Apple Pencil now supports the current 9.7-inch iPad, 10.5-inch iPad Air, and the new iPad mini while the second generation Apple Pencil will only be compatible with the more powerful iPad Pros. The iPad Air and iPad mini still use the Lightning connector, so that leaves USB-C just for the iPad Pro line.
Since these devices run iOS 12, you can take advantage of the millions of apps made just for the iPad that include various productivity apps and even AR-based apps and games. The A12 Bionic chip also makes it possible to edit high-resolution 4K video on the iPad Air and iPad mini.
Both the iPad Air and the iPad mini will come in silver, space gray and gold colors. There’s also a choice between 64 GB and 256 GB storage configurations. The new iPad mini starts at 1,599 AED for the Wi-Fi version and 2,129 AED for the Wi-Fi and Cellular version. The 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at 1,999 AED for the Wi-Fi version and 2,529 AED for the Wi-Fi and Cellular model.
Both devices will be available in the UAE next week – just in time for Apple’s upcoming March keynote.