Apple quietly announces 10.5-inch iPad Air and refreshed iPad mini

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The Apple Pencil is sold separately for $99.

Instead, the 2nd gen model still only works with the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and the iPad Pro 11-inch.

Apple's iPad strategy in recent years had been splitting the category into two lines: lower-end models geared toward education and high-end models for business users.

Truth be told, the company's lineup now does make a bit more sense as it now goes like this, from smaller to bigger: iPad mini, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro. The new iPad mini is the device that I've been waiting for as I mainly use an iPad for note taking during interviews, checking email and managing my schedule.

Apple's update to the iPad Mini is similar, packing that same A12 Bionic chip and Pencil support in the 7.9-inch design that has been dying for an update.

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The iPad Air features 2224 x 1668 px resolution at 264 pixels per inch and the Mini offers 2048 x 1536 px resolution at 326 pixels per inch.

With little fanfare, Apple today announced major (and, dare I say, long overdue) updates to the iPad Mini and the iPad Air. Annual iPad revenues have also fallen slightly consecutively each year since 2013 as Apple and the industry increase smartphone screen sizes. Also, the polyurethane Smart Covers will be available at Rs 3500 for iPad mini and Rs 3700 for iPad Air.

At times, it felt like Apple had given up completely on the iPad mini. The 64GB model costs $499 for the Wi-Fi only model or $629 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version, while the 256GB iPad Air starts at $649 for the Wi-Fi version or $779 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The device also includes the same 8MP rear camera and 7MP FaceTime HD camera found in the iPad Air, and its display supports True Tone and P3 wide color. The 2019 iPad mini (5th generation), with its 7.9-inch screen and $399 starting price, checks the box for a kid's tablet or as an ereader. Both will be available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers - presumably Airtel and Reliance Jio.

The App Store is the best place to discover more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for iPad - from journaling with Apple Pencil to managing schedules and finances, editing photos, learning, connecting with friends and family, and playing games. And the company always does this just before a new product launch. The screen now uses Apple's improved Retina Display with True Tone technology, and is compatible with the Apple Pencil. This is in contrast to the latest Pro models, which ditch both Lightning and audio connectivity in favour of a solitary USB-C connection. However, the other two 2018 iPhone models - iPhone XS and XS Max - come in Gold, Space Grey and Silver options only.

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