Unexpected update iPad mini and iPad Air (6 photos)

Without warning and announcement, Apple has changed a number of products in its own online store.

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The first update for three and a half years received iPad mini, now equipped with a more powerful chip A12 Bionicand the ability to support the Apple Pencil digital pen. The A12 Bionic processor (model 2018) replaced the A8 chip, created in 2014. In addition, the quality of work of the 7.9-inch Retina-screen has been significantly improved: the brightness has been increased by 25%, the display ability of a greater number of shades has been increased, and Apple TrueTone technology support has been introduced to adjust the brightness of the picture to the ambient light. The display resolution is 2048 × 1536 pixels, and ppi (pixel density) is 326 dots per inch.

Significantly improved front camerahaving received 7 megapixel (f / 2.2) module instead of 1.2 megapixel, the rear one is represented by an 8-megapixel lens with a f / 2.4 aperture. The headphone jack and Touch ID sensor are saved, there are stereo speakers in the audio subsystem. The amount of memory is also increased to 64 GB. At the same time, the cost of the tablet remained the same - $ 399. When adding an LTE module, the gadget becomes more expensive up to $ 529, and an increase in the amount of memory up to 256 GB will result in a price of $ 549 (if equipped with an LTE module, the price will increase to $ 679). The dimensions of the device are 203.2 × 134.8 × 6.1 mm, with a weight of approximately 300 grams. The claimed battery life is 10 hours.

Improvements and touched 10.5-inch tablet iPad Air with support for the Apple Pencil digital pen. Apple Pencil support introduced and processor updated to Apple A12 Bionic chip. Thus, iPad Air becomes in performance between the previous iPad model with a 9.7-inch display and a Pro model range tablet with an A12X processor. Unlike Pro Series devices, iPad Air uses Touch ID biometric identification (in Pro - Face ID) via a 7-megapixel front-facing camera and Lightning connection (in Pro - USB-C). The Touch ID sensor is also saved.

The screen resolution of the device is 2224 × 1668pixels, ppi reaches 264, and a brightness of 500 cd / m2. The rear camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.4. Other components include Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac wireless modules, GPS + GLONASS navigation systems, stereo speakers, light sensor, barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and electronic compass. Operating time on one battery charge is 10 hours.

The base model Apple iPad Air is equipped with 64 GBmain memory and is estimated at 499 dollars. With the fascination of the amount of internal memory up to 256 GB, the price rises to 649 dollars. Equipping a tablet with an LTE module will lead to a price increase of $ 130. Of the additional accessories worth noting keyboard Smart Keyboard, which will cost $ 159.