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Five years after the iPad Air 2 , Apple announces a new version of the Air model. In addition, the Group is reviving the iPad mini.
iPad Air: 10.5-inch tablet with true-tone display
In a sense, the new iPad Air is the bridge between the affordable iPad and the iPad Pro family. It has a 10.5-inch display with a resolution of 2,224 x 1,668 pixels and true-tone feature, which was previously reserved for the Pro family. However, a face ID sensor is not required. Instead, it receives the iPad, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
The processor in the iPad Air is an A12 chip with Neural Engine, which is also installed in the current iPhone Xs models. In the iPad Pros is a more powerful A12X chip on board. The memory of the iPad Air measures 64 or 256 gigabytes. With the integrated cameras with eight (rear) and seven megapixels it is possible to scan documents or make FaceTime group calls. You can also use them to get an “immersive AR experience” via ARKit. The same sensors are also in the iPad mini.
iPad mini: Reissue with faster chip and brighter display
For the new iPad mini, Apple also relies on the A121 chip, which should deliver up to three times the performance boost and nine times faster graphics performance. The 7.9-inch (2,048 x 1,536-pixel) display also supports True-Tone technology with wide P3 color support and is said to be up to 25 percent brighter than its predecessor. According to Apple, it has the highest pixel density of all iPads at 326 ppi.
Both new iPads offer support for the Apple Pencil, which you can use to draw, capture thoughts and mark documents or retouch photos.
Both iPad models are offered both as WLAN and as LTE variant. The iPad Air with 64 gigabytes of storage costs from 549 euros, with LTE from 689 euros. The iPad mini sells Apple from 449 € or 589 € with LTE. They are now available in Silver, Space Gray and Gold.
In addition to the new iPads, Apple also announced an iWork update for iOS, which should be available from next week. The new version includes, among other things, an enhanced Apple-Pencil integration with new animation options in Keynote. It’s designed to let users “draw an animation path for each object, as well as a completely new user interface that makes it easy to implement effects such as moving, rotating and scaling,” said Apple.
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