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

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

"iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device, from playing games in augmented reality to note-taking and drawing with Apple Pencil, from streaming HD movies and editing 4K films to learning to develop apps with Swift Playgrounds", said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. But if you were holding your breath for AirPower, you would be dead by now - there's no sign of Apple's wireless mat yet. Both new iPads feature improvements to speed, multi-tasking, display technology, Pencil support, and more.

The new iPad Air is essentially a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with improved internals.

Inside the iPad Air is the new A12 Bionic chip with Apple's neural engine, and the company claims it will make the new Air 70 percent faster than previous versions with twice the graphics power.

That might be the result of a testing anomaly of some sort or incredibly polished software running on 2019's iPad mini and iPad Air, but either way, the theoretical differences are negligible and unlikely to translate into something you can actually notice out in the real world.

The popular iPad Air is back and should be better than ever.

Also like the iPad Air, the iPad mini now boasts an A12 chip, which is an enormous upgrade over the iPad mini 4's A8.

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

Had you looked at Apple's iPad line-up yesterday, you'd have been forgiven for assuming that the Cupertino firm had decided there was no market for mid-range tablets. At the other, the iPad Pro started out at a hefty $799.

Apple Store is down, and you know what that (usually) means: New Apple hardware.

Like every version of the iPad since the first in 2010, the latest models come in configurations that connect to either just WiFi or cellular networks as well.

Both mini iPads feature a 7.9-inch display. The official Apple store website is down.

Both new models are available to pre-order from Apple today and will begin arriving from next week. Though prospective buyers will need to consider total price after calculating the cost of the Smart Keyboard ($159) and Apple Pencil ($99), if those accessories are desired. For customers with a 12.9" iPad Pro, there's also a new color option available for the device's Smart Folio: "Pink Sand.

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