The Apple Store went down this morning for a few hours and now we know why. There is a new 10.5″ iPad and iPad mini available, both with Apple Pencil support. Both devices are available now at the Apple Store online and likely will be in physical store locations soon (if not already in some).
The updated iPad Air is a 10.5″ model is thinner than the older 10.5″ iPad Pro model and has a fully-laminated True Tone display with 2224×1668 resolution. It is powered by the A12 Bionic SoC from Apple, brining it up-to-date with latest processor from the company. It comes in three colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Grey and has either 64GB or 256GB of storage. Pricing starts at $499 for the WiFi model with 64GB while the 256GB model starts at $649.
The updated iPad mini, commonly referred to as the iPad mini 5, also sports the A12 Bionic SoC and has the same 7.9″ True Tone display with 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch. Fundamentally, the chassis for this new iPad is identical to the previous version, it is only the internals that got an update. It too is available in Silver, Gold and Space Grey and comes with either 64GB or 256GB of storage. Pricing starts at $399 for the WiFi model with 64GB while the 256GB WiFi model starts at $549.
Both the new iPad Air and iPad mini support the first generation of Apple Pencil. This means that the entire lineup of current generation iPads support the stylus although the new iPad Pro models have an updated model that is only compatible with them.
Both of these new iPads are available now and can be found in the online Apple Store.