By Wares March 19, 2019 Industry news

Two new iPad models launch today, a refreshed iPad mini and a new, larger iPad Air.

Apple today introduced the all-new ultra-thin 10.5-inch iPad Air (photo above) with Apple Pencil support and a substantial increase in performance thanks to its A12 Bionic chip and Apple’s Neural Engine.

The new iPad Air's graphics capability is also substantially improved over previous models, and comes with an almost 20% larger Retina display.

Apple today also introduced the new 7.9-inch iPad mini (photo below), which it's pitching as a "major upgrade".

Also toting the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini boasts seriously increased performance and hugely faster graphics.

Its Retina display is also brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad.

On top of that it comes with Apple Pencil support.

Note "Apple Pencil support" in both cases indicates compatibility with the first-generation Apple Pencil, not the latest iteration which works only with iPad pros.

Both of the new iPads are available to order in New Zealand starting today and will be in stores next week.

The new iPad mini and iPad Air come in silver, space grey and gold finishes in 64GB and 256GB configurations.

The 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at $849 inc GST for the Wi-Fi model and $1069 inc GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. 

The new 7.9-inch iPad mini starts at $679 inc GST for the Wi-Fi model and $899 inc GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

See how the new models fit into the expanded iPad family here and check out the details on the new models here.

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