The Revised iPad Lineup

Device Display Chip Maximum Storage Face ID or Touch ID Apple Pencil Version Starting Price
iPad Pro 12.9” and 11” Liquid Retina A12X Bionic 1 TB Face ID 2nd Gen $799
iPad Air 10.5” Retina A12 Bionic 256GB Touch ID 1st Gen $499
iPad 9.7” Retina A10 Fusion 126GB Touch ID 1st Gen $329
iPad Mini 7.9” Retina A12 Bionic 256GB Touch ID 1st Gen $399

 

We finally have a new Apple iPad lineup in the market. Apple quietly launched the new iPad lineup yesterday updating iPad mini and adding a new iPad Air. The new model lies between the 9.7-inch entry-level iPad and the 11-inch iPad Pro.

Though all the new models now have Apple Pencil support, you might want to check your version before buying. The reason behind this is the two different models of Apple Pencil. Notably, models released today does not support the second-gen Apple Pencil with magnetic charging and pairing support. They are compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil.

Let’s have a look at the new iPads.

Apple iPad Mini Specifications

First up we have the iPad mini which is getting an upgrade after a long three and a half years. While most of the people thought that Apple might have dropped the device since smartphones are getting bigger, Apple gave them a surprise.

Identical to the former 2015 model, the device design merely has any changes. However, the entire hardware inside has been upgraded. The new iPad mini comes with a new A12 chip (the iPhone XS chipset), a 25% brighter 7.9-inch display has a wide range of colors and True Tone. The display supports Apple Pencil.

We saw iPad Pro miss out the Touch ID last year, but iPad mini brings it back. There are a Lightning port and a headphone jack on the 64 GB inbuilt storage device. Available in silver, gold, and space gray, you can get up to 256GB of storage and cellular connectivity by paying more.

Apple iPad Air Specifications

Next up is the new iPad Air which sounds familiar but is a brand new entry in the iPad family. Note that Apple released iPad Pro last year and raised prices to a whole new level. This iPad Air is just filling those Apple-standard cheaper spots.

This is an 11-inch iPad which somewhat resembles the previous generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro. One of the major update coming in the new iPad Air is the inclusion of A12 bionic chip, which was absent in the previous generation iPad Pro that had A10X. The new Apple iPad Air also supports the Smart Keyboard.

It costs $499 for the 64GB storage variant. However, you can pay more for 256GB storage variant and cellular connectivity. This is also available in silver, gold, and space gray.