Apple announces new iPad Air, iPad Mini


Posted at Mar 19 2019 08:54 AM

MANILA -- Apple quietly announced on its website on Tuesday a pair of iPads, including a 10.5 slate that packs most of the features of the top end models but at roughly half the price.

The 10.5-inch iPad Air will cost P29,990 when it is released. It's screen is smaller that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which costs at least P64,490, according to Apple's website.

The iPad Air also has larger top and bottom bezels compared to the Pro and lacks facial recognition, retaining the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Apple also refreshed the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Like the iPad Air, the Mini comes with an LCD Retina display and the A12 series processor found on the iPhone XS and iPad Pro lines.

The iPad Air and iPad Mini retain much of the dimensions of older models, but with more powerful internals. Apple has largely kept the 9.7-inch iPad (simply called iPad) largely the same for years, save for upgrades in processor speed.

There was no immediate word on local availability for the new iPad Air and iPad Mini.