Apple IPad Mini 2 And IPad Air Go Official

By 10:34 Sat, 17 Jul 2021 Comments

The wraps are off, the recent Apple tablets are official. Say hello to the recent 9.7" model, iPad Air (not 5), and the recent 7.9" model, the iPad mini 2. The gigantic news, of course, is that the mini model now has a Retina display.

Apple iPad mini 2

The Apple iPad mini 2 still has a 7.9" classy screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, but the resolution has quadrupled to 1536 x 2048 pixels and the pixel density has doubled to 324ppi.

The chipset was another part where the iPad mini lagged behind with a lowly dual-core Cortex-A9 processor. Apple has used its own Apple A7 chipset with ARMv8-based Cyclone cores, a couple of generations ahead of A9. The GPU got a major boost too and is a PowerVR SGX 6th series. The M7 motion co-processor is on-board too.

Apple iPad mini 2

The TouchID rumors didn’t pan out and the mini 2 has a regular Home button. Another disappointment is that it's 0.3mm thicker (7.5mm) and 23g heavier (331g).

The Apple iPad mini 2 runs iOS 7 out of the box (of course) and storage options range from 16GB all the way to 128GB. Color options are just Silver & White and Space Grey & Black. As usual there will be Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and 3G/LTE versions.

The Apple iPad mini 2 will be available in November starting at $399, which is notably higher compared to the $339 starting price of the first iPad mini last year.

Surprisingly, the original iPad mini will be kept alive at $299.

Apple iPad Air

The Apple iPad Air brings a recent name, recent design and more power. It received the recent Apple A7 chipset along with the M7 motion co-processor. The other major upgrade is the design – it's based on the iPad mini and has narrower bezels (43% smaller) that create the tablet easier to handle.

The tablet is 20% thinner and now measures just 7.5mm, thinner than the iPad 2. The weight also went down gigantic time - from 653g to 469g.

Other than that you acquire a 9.7" IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen with 1536 x 2048 pixel as before. The iPad Air didn't acquire the TouchID sensor either, but we doubt anyone will miss it.

Color options are Silver and white and Space gray and the storage options go all the way up to 128GB (starting at 16GB and doubling at each step).

Apple iPad Air

The Apple iPad Air will be available on November 1 starting at $499.

By the way, the iPad 2 is still alive and will continue selling at $399 (it's three generations recent now).

Here are the launch dates for the first wave and the map of LTE support:

New iPad availability dates

Smart Cover

Apple also unveiled a recent type of case for the iPads, the Smart Cover. It's similar to the iPhone 5s cases as it covers the back and comes in a variety of colors.

Apple Smart Covers

For the iPad Air, the Smart Cases cost $79, while the iPad mini 2 Smart Cases cost $69. The cases are made of leather and com in come in Brown, Beige, Black, Yellow, Blue and PRODUCT (RED).



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