Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support

WIRED | 3/18/2019 | Lauren Goode
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Blink and you might have missed the early-morning tweet from Apple CEO Tim Cook—the one showing him scrawling the word "Hello" on an iPad Mini using a stylus. An updated Mini is the device that small-tablet fans have been hoping for since 2015, the year the iPad Mini 4 launched. It’s been so long since the Mini saw an update, some people presumed the product to be dead.

But it turns out the iPad Mini lives again, as does the sleek iPad Air. New versions of both were announced by Apple this morning.

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The iPad Mini and iPad Air are “new” in the accurate sense of the word; they have new processors and updated displays. They also both now support the Pencil, Apple's $99 stylus. They effectively replace all previous Mini and Air tablets. But their names and their builds are throwbacks: white bezels where Apple's pricier tablets have none, a Lightning port instead of USB-C, and a familiar home button in an era when Apple is doing away with them everywhere else. The new iPads add two more models to Apple’s entire iPad lineup, which now totals five versions of the mobile computer—even as the tablet market continues to decline.

The new iPad Mini has the same 8.0-inch by 5.3-inch body as the one before it. Its display resolution is also the same, but now gets a boost from Apple’s “True Tone” color shifting technology and can display a wider range of colors. It has support for faster Wi-Fi speeds and gigabit LTE. It also runs on Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, which has its own neural engine for machine learning-powered tasks, though this isn’t quite as amped up as the A12X chip found in Apple's more expensive hardware.

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The new iPad Air is a bit of a head-scratcher. First, the original iPad Air...
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