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Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini both support the Apple Pencil

Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Air

Apple today announced two new updates to its iPad lineup.

Headlining today’s announcement is Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Air. Essentially a replacement for the discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the newly announced tablet features a fully-laminated True Tone display with 2224 x 1668 pixel resolution and support for the company’s first-generation Pencil stylus.

Additionally, it features Apple’s powerful A12 Bionic chipset.

The tablet, with 64GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi connectivity, starts at $649 in Canada, and is available in three colours: silver, space gray and gold. Apple is also offering a 256GB model, which starts at $849. Upgrading to the model with cellular connectivity costs $819 and $1,019, depending on whether customers choose the 64GB or 256GB model

The optional first-party Smart Keyboard costs $219. Apple plans to also offer polyurethane and leather Smart Covers at $65 and $95, respectively.

The first-generation Apple Pencil, sold separately, costs $129.

For the first time since 2015, Apple has updated its iPad mini tablet. The new slate device retains the 7.9-inch display of its predecessor but adds an A12 Bionic chipset. Like the new Air, the iPad mini is compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil. Similarly, it features a True Tone display. According to Apple, the iPad mini’s new display is 25 percent brighter than the display on its predecessor. Moreover, thanks to its small size, the new display features the highest pixel density of any iPad currently on the market.

The new mini, with 64GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi connectivity only, starts at $529. The cellular model starts at $699. Canadian consumers can upgrade to 256GB of internal storage for $729 and $899, respectively. Like the iPad Air, the mini is available in silver, space gray and gold.

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