Apple Just Announced a New iPad Air and iPad Mini

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's been a while since we heard from both the iPad Air and the iPad Mini, mainly because people seemed to have gravitated away from small light tablets - instead going for larger more powerful devices that could do more complex things. The last Mini (number 4) was released back in September 2015, and the Air 2 was discontinued back in 2017. But Apple has decided there's still a place for them both, announcing a new 7.9-inch iPad Mini and a 10.5-inch iPad Air, complete with Apple Pencil support.

Both devices come with the A12 Bionic chip, a retina display with Apple's True Tone colour system that supposedly shifts the colour temperature to match the local environment automatically. They also have a home button, rather than the bezel-free design of the new iPad Pro, and will also include Touch ID. FaceID is absent, and we're grateful for that.

The LTE variants of both devices will also have eSIM technology, so you shouldn't have to deal with those fiddly SIM card trays. Cameras have had an update too, with both cameras packing a 7MP front camera, and an 8MP rear camera - for all those times you want to block everyone's view with a stupid oversized camera. Both devices use the old lightning port, rather than USB-C.

Prices for the New Mini start at £399, which is the Wi-Fi-only model with 64GB of storage. A 4G version is available (with prices from £519) as is a 256GB option (from £549). Apple also promises that it have the highest pixel density of any iPad, with 326ppi. Prices for the new Air start at £479 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model, while you can also get variants with 256GB of storage (from £629) and LTE (from £599.

Both models are available to order right now, and Apple promises they'll be available at the Apple Store next week.