Apple releases 10.5 inch iPad Air, Remixes the iPad Mini

Apple company decided to quietly roll out not one, but two new iPads ahead of it's Spring event this month of March.

This new, bigger, 10.5-inch iPad Air will arrive with a 70 percent performance boost compared to its predecessor, thanks to the Apple's A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine. That will be useful together with the now 20-percent larger display which is compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil too.

A new iPad Mini has been a long time coming. The 7.9-inch option will, barring screen size, match the Air on specs. The screen is also 25 percent brighter versus old iPad minis, and will also support Apple Pencil; the slimmest model to do so. 

The two new iPads have a laminated display that brings the surface glass and screen closer together to improve visibility, and making them at least a little more attractive than Apple's entry-level iPad. Neither of them has FaceID built-in, See image of the new iPad Air below.

Apple releases 10.5 inch iPad Air, Remixes the iPad Mini

Both the new iPad mini and iPad Air will arrive in Silver, Space Gray and Gold, with 64GB and 256GB storage choices. The new iPad mini starts at $399 (£399 in the UK) for the WiFi model while adding cellular will cost $529 (£519). The bigger 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at $499 (£479) with WiFi, or $629 (£599) for the WiFi + Cellular model.

Beyond all this, the fact that Apple chose to release its new iPads with so little fanfare speaks volumes about its plans for its upcoming press event in Cupertino. On March 25th, the company is expected to pull back the curtain on its new streaming video and news services, and it just might do so without any new hardware on-stage at all.

That'd be a highly unusual turn to events for Apple, but it wouldn't necessarily be an unwarranted one — for a while now, the company has looked at its services business as one of its major growth areas, and it's about time they got the spotlight all to themselves. Who knows, perhaps more announcements will pop up as the week progresses.