Getting out ahead of whatever surprises it has planned for its event on March 25, Apple announced two new iPads on Monday.
Along with a 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017. Starting at $499 (£479, AU$779), the new iPad Air is built around a 10.5-inch Retina display like the 2017 Pro, but has an updated A12 Bionic processor like the one powering the iPhone XS., there's a 10.5-inch iPad Air that, for the most part, is the now discontinued older
In addition to the processor change, the Air has a few other changes from the 2017 iPad Pro, such as a lower-resolution 8-megapixel rear camera that records video in 1080p, instead of 4K; and two speakers, instead of the Pro's four. The Air supports the first-gen Apple Pencil as well as a Smart Keyboard for the Air that looks like the one sold for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro -- not the newer Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2018 iPad Pro models.
The 2019 iPad Air fits in between theannounced this time last year and the that appeared toward the end of 2018. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.
iPad 2018 vs. iPad Air 2019 vs. iPad Pro 2018 vs. iPad Pro 2017 specs
||iPad 2018 (9.7)||iPad Air 2019 (10.5)||iPad Pro 2018 (11)||iPad Pro 2017 (10.5)|
|Availability||See it at Amazon||See it at Apple||See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon|
|Display resolution||2,048x1,536-pixel resolution||2,224x1,668-pixel resolution||2,388x1,668-pixel resolution||2,224 x 1,668-pixel resolution|
|Pixel density (ppi)||264 ppi||264 ppi||264 ppi||264ppi|
|Rear camera||8-megapixel with 5-element lens||8-megapixel with 5-element lens||12-megapixel with 5-element lens||12-megapixel with 6-element lens|
|FaceTime front-facing camera||1.2-megapixel||7-megapixel||7-megapixel||7-megapixel|
|Dimensions||9.4x6.6x0.29 inches||9.8x6.8x0.24 inches||9.7x7x0.23 inches||9.8x6.8x0.24 inches|
|Weight||1.03 lbs (Wi-Fi); 1.05 lbs (LTE)||1 lbs (Wi-Fi); 1.02 lbs (LTE)||1.03 lbs (both models)||1.03 lbs (Wi-Fi); 1.05 lbs (LTE)|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular||Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular||Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular||Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular|
|Connector port||Lightning||Lightning; Apple Smart Connector||USB-C; Apple Smart Connector||Lightning; Apple Smart Connector|
|Apple Pencil-compatibility||Yes; original Apple Pencil||Yes; original Apple Pencil||Yes; 2nd generation||Yes; original Apple Pencil|
|Unlock with||Touch ID||Touch ID||Face ID||Touch ID|
|SIM card support for cellular model||Nano-SIM; included||Nano-SIM; eSIM||Nano-SIM; eSIM||Nano-SIM; eSIM|
|Works with Smart Keyboard Folio?||No; works with Bluetooth keyboard||Works with Smart Keyboard||Yes||Works with Smart Keyboard|
|Capacity and price: Wi-Fi models||$329 (32GB) / $429 (128GB)||$499 (64GB) / $649 (256GB)||$799 (64GB) / $949 (256GB) / $1,149 (512GB) / $1,549 (1TB)||$649 (64GB) / $799 (215GB) / $999 (512GB)|
|Capacity and price: LTE models||$459 (32GB) / $559 (128GB)||$629 (64GB) / $779 (256GB)||$949 (64GB) / $1,099 (256GB) / $1,299 (512GB) / $1,699 (1TB)||$779 (64GB) / $929 (215GB) / $1,129 (512GB)|
Apple often introduces new products in March. At last year's event, Apple delivered a refreshed edition of its entry-level iPad in addition to some education-friendly software initiatives. That today's announcement was made by press release suggests that the company wants to keep the focus of next week's event solely on its new video streaming service.
- CNET editor Justin Jaffe contributed to this story.